Coffee Filter Hydrangeas

These coffee filter hydrangeas are SO PRETTY and they’re super easy to make! Transform regular coffee filters into these beautiful flowers that look surprisingly realistic!

These DIY coffee filter flowers are inexpensive to make, and it’s such a fun craft for both kids and adults. It’s almost magical to watch the coffee filters change colour as the liquid watercolour paint spreads across them. Then watch the colours fade and change once again as they dry!

I found this beautiful craft on One Little Project’s website, hope you love them as much as I do!

How to Make Coffee Filter Hydrangeas

These coffee filter hydrangeas are so colourful and beautiful! Make realistic looking flowers from simple coffee filters.


  • 12 Coffee filters
  • Water
  • Liquid watercolour paint
  • Green pipe cleaner



  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Baking sheet
  • Small bowls
  • Eye dropper
  • Glue gun



Step 1:

Gather your materials and set up your working space.


Step 2:

Make a stack of two coffee filters


Step 3:

Fold the coffee filters in half, and in half again. Then fold them in half two more times.


Step 4:

Draw the petal shapes on the top (open) part of the folded coffee filter. Your drawing should look like a butterfly shape with a tree trunk coming out from the bottom center.


Step 5:

Cut out the petal shapes


Step 6:

Unfold the coffee filters once and snip in between the two petals to separate them. Unfold and cut until all the petals are separate.


Step 7:

Place 4 coffee filters on top of each other on a baking sheet


Step 8:

Add 10 drops of liquid watercolour paint to a small bowl with about 2 Tablespoons of water.

Repeat for any other colours you’d like to use. (We used blue and purple.)


Use an eyedropper to add blue to the center of the coffee filters


Then add some purple around the outside petals of the coffee filters.


Drop blue paint around parts of the petals.


Fill in any white spaces remaining with purple. 


Repeat with the remaining coffee filters. Allow to dry overnight.


Step 9

Add the first coffee filter onto the pipe cleaner stem. Bend down the end end of the pipe cleaner, about 1/4″, creating a closed “U” shape.


Push the single end of the pipe cleaner through the center of one of the coffee filters.

(Cut a tiny hole in the center of each coffee filter to make this easier, if you’d like.)


Pull the pipe cleaner through until the coffee filter reaches the other end. The “U” shape on the end of the pipe cleaner should keep it in place.


Add a few dots of hot glue around the pipe cleaner


Scrunch up the bottom center of the coffee filter, pushing it so that it’s forming a “V” shape. Hold the coffee filter until it stays glued in place.


Continue with the other coffee filters.

For the last few coffee filters, scrunch the coffee filters down in the opposite direction, making an upside-down “V”. You can add hot glue to the bottom of the last coffee filter to make them easier to connect.

Your hydrangea is complete!

Now make a few more and put them in a mason jar and you have a beautiful decoration for your home or the perfect gift! 

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