Coffee Filter Roses
I am convinced, that we could probably solve many of the worlds problems with coffee filters..
I mean seriously – is there no end to what you can do with them?
Here I am with yet another coffee filter project today – and I can’t believe how pretty it is!
I saw a post for these flowers at Craftberry Bush-
She has a beautiful blog and a great tutorial
I decided to try making these this weekend – cause you know I am always up for
coffee filter projects! They were so easy to make, and I was very pleased with the results!
And, the pink roses give me a little reminder that spring really will come eventually!
So – let’s get started!
Start by mixing some food coloring in a bowl of water to the desired shade.
Next time I make these, I plan on using less red dye so they are a lighter shade of pink.
Soak a stack of white coffee filters in the water for a few minutes. I can’t remember the exact
time I left them in there, but it wasn’t more than 10 minutes. Then take them out and put them
on paper towels to soak up the excess liquid. Separate out each filter and lay
them all on a cookie sheet. Turn on the oven for about 3 minutes, then turn it
off and put the cookie sheet in it. Leave them in the oven about 30 minutes to dry.
Now you should have a stack of nice pink coffee filters- you could stop here and just use them to make
coffee when you need to get in touch with your girly side.. or not..
Take one and fold it in half. Then fold it again so it is in quarters.
Now cut a circular section off of the bottom point of filter.
The other supplies you need for this project are Floral Wrap Tape and Wire Stems.
I bought both at Michaels – the store that could singlehandedly break the bank for me…
( I am due for a nail appointment next week…)
Take one edge of the cut coffee filter and begin to wind it around the end of the wire.
Keep this up, turning wire as you go, and keeping the edge tight around the wire.
It might take a few tries to get the hang of this. It took me awhile, course, I’m old too…
When the whole filter is wrapped around the wire, use the floral tape to fix
it tightly on the end of the wire. And you have made the center (bud) of your rose!
Now you can begin to wrap on the outer layers of the rose!
For the outer sections, you fold the filter one extra time -so that it is in 8ths rather than quarters.
Now you are going to cut the circle in the bottom again, and then slightly scallop the outer edges.
Open up and cut one side, and you are ready to wrap. Or rap… depending on your mood..
Continue to wrap around the wire that has the bud on it. Use the stem tape with each new filter.
It is up to you how many to use, it depends on the final look you are going for. I believe I used 4
filters total for each flower, including the initial one for the bud. When you have finished wrapping the
last filter, be sure you use the floral tape over all of the layers, and go a ways down the wire with it.
Just one last step and you are done! This last step is optional,
but it does make the rose look a little more realistic.
Mix a little bit of yellow and red food color together with water to make an orange wash.
I took a small paint brush and painted the orange lightly on the center of the roses.
Once it dries, it gives the differentiation in the flower color that adds to the realism.
And here is the finished product!
I love them in my glass Snapple bottle!
I encourage you to give these a try – I would love to try them again in some other color too.
I adore cream colored roses, but I am not sure how to dye the coffee filters for that color.
Maybe tea-stain them? If you have any ideas let me know!
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