This project is such a fun one to do, who knew jumbo coffee filters could be so beautiful?! The texture and weight of a jumbo coffee filter is perfect for making over-sized flowers and by dying them in different colors it’s possible to make something that really catches the eye. Handcrafted wedding decor as well as baby shower and party decor is all the rage right now and we are all over it – what better way to stamp your personality onto the day than by making as many of the accessories and decorations as you can. Our coffee filter flower backdrop makes the perfect background to your event photographs, top table or dance floor and can be dyed to match your wedding flowers or decor accents – perfect!
To create these beautiful over-sized blooms I started with a box of 15 inch jumbo coffee/tea filters using 47 filters for each flower. I then mixed food coloring to in water in a large baking tin to get my desired colors. I loved experimenting with creating bright ombré blooms as you can see in the photo below. For those I dipped the stacks of 10 half way into one color, then the other side into another color. The naturally blended and made a gorgeous bloom. For my backdrop I wanted a pale pink and yellow look so I simply dipped stacks of 10 into one color, twisted the excess water out and hung on a line to dry. The filters do peel apart easily once dry. This process gives the filters a lovely crinkle that is beautiful when dry so don’t be afraid to wring it hard. Once the coffee filters are dry you can peel the filters apart and begin assembling your blooms by following the tutorial below. Have fun and enjoy! ~ Lia
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Hi, I am doing the large flowers for backdrop and I’m confused. Every stack of 10 petals gets fringe, which are 4 sheets each. Each flower is 47 coffee filters. 4 stacks of 10=40 and 4 stacks of 4 is 16 so 56 total and now I’m thinking that I’m not understanding the directions. Does every stack of 10 petals get fringe?
Each stack of 10 petals gets the fringe attached to it which is a stack of 4. 14 filters per stack, you will need 4 stacks per flower which does equal 56 filters total! You are correct and we will be sure to update this project accordingly.
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These are breath taking! Wanting to do them for my sister’s wedding. Can you please tell me how you achieved the brighter colors? Did you you use more dye in the water for them or did you double dip them – like dip and let dry, dip and let dry? I see the two different images of the pale pale colors and then the brighter blooms. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Thank you Emily! Yes, there was some trial and error and the earlier blooms were much brighter than the later batches. More dye, less water makes them bright. Have fun! 🙂
These are absolutely beautiful! I’m currently making these now for my daughter’s 1st birthday. So easy to make too. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in her photo session pictures and birthday party! Thank you for the easy tutorial 🙂
Share photos! We would love to see. 😉
The white on white in the photos made it difficult for me to ‘see’ everything your were doing.. I’m visually oriented..so maybe I’ll need to experiment..I’m not a very confident person when it comes to crafts. But this does look like fun
Sorry about that! Hopefully the tutorial is clear enough for you to see how to make them 🙂 They are so fun, and hopefully they will be a confidence booster!
How many flowers does the pack of 500 filters make?
We used 40 filters per flower.
Lia you are the best. Thank you for all those wonderful projects. I am really happy to have wandered onto your site. Many blessings.
Thank you so much, that warms my heart to hear.
I am so envious of these gorgeous white and tinted blooms. They are just so dreamy to look at.
I know that it’s a ‘first world problem’, but we can’t buy white coffee filters in Oz – they’re all unbleached (brown) and they just don’t look the same as the white ones and certainly don’t tint/dye every well..
I’ll just have to ‘pin’ yours and keep coming back to see them 🙂
Wow. That is too bad you can’t get them. 🙁