Memorial Day Craft, DIY

little boy holding a boquet of flowers made from watercolors and coffee filters
red white and blue paper flowers on table


supplies for coffee filter flowers


  • Watercolor paint makes these super easy, but you could substitute food coloring if that’s what you have on hand.
  • You can use any color pipe cleaners you have on hand. We suggest patriotic colors like red, white, blue, silver, or gold.
  • have younger kids wear smocks or an oversized t-shirt, just in case!
close up of coffee filter flowers

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  1. Place one of the coffee filters onto the paper plate and flatten out.
  2. Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving some areas unpainted.
painted coffee filter on a paper plate

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  1. Move the coffee filter to the towel and lay flat to dry. Repeat with the second coffee filter.
three painted coffee filters on paper towels
  1. Leaving the center of the filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around the circle.
coffee filter that has been cut with scissors

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  1. Cut a 1.5″ piece off of one end of a pipe cleaner and set aside.
  2. Take the longer piece of the pipe cleaner and poke it through the center of the coffee filter. There should be about 2″ of pipe cleaner poked through.
painted coffee filters and pipe cleaners on a table
  1. Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with your fingers.
pipe cleaner sticking out of coffee filter

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  1. Gather it around the pipe cleaner and secure it by wrapping the extra piece of stem that you cut off in an earlier step. Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back upright.
pipe cleaner wrapped around coffee filter

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  1. Manipulate with your finger until strips are spread out and it looks the way you want it to.

This fun 4th of July craft is great for kids of all age levels. Make some today!

boy holding bouquet of coffee filter flowers

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