What’s nicer than a fresh bouquet of flowers? How about a homemade bouquet of flowers made with STEAM! Explore the colorful world of science meets art with DIY coffee filter flowers. This easy spring craft is the perfect activity for kids any time of the year. Simple STEAM activities are always engaging for junior scientists of all ages!
EASY COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS FOR KIDS
How do you make easy coffee filter flowers? Let me show you! This spring theme activity is perfect for preschoolers. In fact, this has to be our favorite craft to make with coffee filters. All you need is a handful of bright markers and pipe cleaners to finish off a pretty bouquet to give away!
Our crafts & activities are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind! Easy to set up, quick to do, most activities will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun! Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home!
And if you are looking to add a little STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and art) to your lessons, then this is the activity you need to try. Even my “not interested in crafts” kiddo loves it!
Mother’s Day! Birthdays! Weddings! Teacher gifts! Spring crafts!
EASY COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS
YOU WILL NEED:
- Coffee Filters
- Washable Markers
- Gallon Size Zipper Bag OR Metal Baking Sheet Pan
- Water Spray Bottle
- Pipe Cleaners
HOW TO MAKE COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS
STEP 1. Flatten round coffee filters, and draw colors in circles, patterns, or even scribbles! Make a rainbow on one with all the colors or stick with just complimentary colors!
STEP 2. Place the colored coffee filters on a gallon size zipper bag or metal baking sheet pan and then mist with a water spray bottle.
Watch the magic as the colors blend and swirl! Set aside to dry.
STEP 3. The last step in your coffee filter flower bouquet is a stem!
- Once they are dry, fold them back up and round the corners if desired.
- Pull the center together just a touch and tape with clear tape to make a flower.
- Wrap a pipe cleaner around the tape and leave the remaining pipe cleaner for a stem.
SOLUBILITY SCIENCE WITH COFFEE FILTERS
Why do the colors on your coffee filter flower blend together? It’s all to do with solubility. If something is soluble that means it will dissolve in that liquid (or solvent). The ink used in these washable markers dissolves in what? The water of course!
With our DIY coffee filter flowers, the water (solvent) is meant to dissolve the marker ink (solute). For this to happen, the molecules in both the water and the ink must be attracted to each other. When you added drops of water to the designs on the paper, the ink should spread out and run through the paper with the water.
Note: Permanent markers do not dissolve in water but in alcohol. You can see this in action here with our tie-dye Valentine cards.
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MORE FUN FLOWER ACTIVITIES
- Parts of a Flower
- Color Changing Flowers
- Crystal Flowers
- Playdough Flowers
- Flower Slime for Spring
- Real Flower Discovery Bottle
- Easy Flowers To Grow
MAKE COLORFUL SPRING FLOWERS WITH SCIENCE
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