Mother’s Day is on the horizon and after giving it a lot of thought I think I’ve found the perfect craft to help you celebrate it. Why is this so perfect you ask? Well, this is a wonderful grandmother’s gift, is an activity simple enough for dad to create for mom with the kiddos, or it’s a fun way for the whole family to spend time together making one. I’m actually really looking forward to making one for my mom’s desk when we go to visit this summer. This gift will cost you a fraction of the amount of a real bouquet, it will last forever, and come with some really great memories.
- Regular white coffee filters (approximately 9 per flower)
- Hot glue gun & hot glue
- Wooden skewers
- Food coloring (optional)
- Shallow bowls for dying (optional)
- Green floral tape
Before you can get started you’ll need to decide if you want to dye your coffee filters. I chose to color mine peach, pink, and left the rest white. If you would like to dye them I recommend doing that the day before so they have plenty of time to dry. To color just fill a bowl with luke warm water and add a drop or two of food coloring. Add the amount of filters you’d like (remember it will take 9 to make each flower) until they are fully moistened. Remove and place individually on a drying rack overnight. If you want to speed up the drying you can also use your blowdryer or your oven on a very low setting, I used my oven on 180 degrees. Repeat with each color.
Once you’ve colored your filters and allowed them to dry completely it’s time to get started!
- Take your first coffee filter and fold it in half
- Then in half again
- Fold in half once more
- Cut the top off in a curved fashion so it looks like and ice cream cone
- Unfold the filter to the first halfway point and cut it down the middle so you get two hearts
Repeat steps 1-5 six more times so you have completed seven ice cream cones and then cut them in half.
- Take your next coffee filter and fold it in half (just like you did in step 1)
- Then in half again
- Fold one third
- And then two more times
- Cut the top off in the shape of an ice cream cone (just like you did in step 4)
- Unfold and cut in half so you get 1.5 hearts on each side
Complete steps 6-11 once more to get two ice cream cones which are then cut in half.
- Starting with your smaller ice cream cone halves fold the first tip up about 1/2 inch
- Fold it up again about 1/2 inch
- Create a fold in the middle so that it becomes a little shorter
Now is a good time to snip off the pointy end of your skewer and then place a big glob of glue on the end so you or your little don’t get hurt.
- Glue the fold you created in step 14
- Apply a line of glue over the bottom fold you created
- Begin to wrap it around your wooden skewer starting approximately 3/4 of an inch down.
- Continue wrapping it around, it will overlap
- Repeat with remaining smaller coffee filter pieces to create the inside of your flower, when you are finished it should look like this
- Starting with your first large heart fold the bottom up about 1/2 inch
- Apply a line of glue along the folded layer
- Glue to your inner flower and wrap around
- Continue with the remaining pieces. After I apply the first few I like to start to move down and under the inner flower. This will make the bottom look a little more real and make the outer petals fan out
- Each flower will come out differently depending on how tight you apply the petals.
- If you dye your coffee filters your petals will have a flatter look. Unaltered filters will have a very fluffy or ruffled look. The peach flower and white flower in my bouquet are both this design but you can see how different they appear.
- Have fun with this! In my particular case I had my daughter help me color the filters but I assembled my flowers alone because she’s a bit too little to respect my hot glue gun. Use your best judgement and include your kids where they are able.
- If these are too intense for you just make a few and fill the rest with even easier filler flowers. You can find more tutorials on youtube for those.
- Feel free to use less petals. It’s all about getting your desired look so if you want more of a bud then just use a few and stop there.
I had so much fun making these and I was relieved to find that you didn’t need any expensive equipment or tools. All of these materials are most likely available at your local dollar store, with the exception of the floral tape. They may seem a little difficult but I promise you’ll find them easy after completing one.
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