Toddler DIY: Coffee filter bouquets

Toddler craft coffee filter flower bouquet

Not long ago, we learned our next-door neighbor was sick. She had surgery and was recovering quickly, but I wanted to send over something to show we’d been thinking of her.

Naturally, I wanted to involve Peeper. We set to making a paper bouquet of coffee filter flowers.

Lessons in empathy

Peeper is still too young to understand why we were making the bouquet, and thank goodness. How wonderful to be unaware of things like cancer, anesthesia and prognoses. But it’s important to instill the value of doing nice things for others, so we made our own thinking-of-you package instead of buying a bouquet or card at the store.

Toddler craft coffee filter flower bouquetOne of the nice things about these coffee filter flowers is you almost definitely have the materials on hand. What’s more, it’s ridiculously easy and simple enough for even toddlers to do.

What are you waiting for? Even if you don’t know someone who’s ill, you do know someone whose day would be brightened by a hand-made flower or two.

Coffee Filter Bouquets

You’ll need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Watercolor paints
  • A spray bottle with water
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Newspaper or a tablecloth


  1. Lay out a coffee filter on some newspaper (which will soak up extra paint and water).
  2. Spray the coffee filter evenly with water so it’s damp but not soaked. (Peeper loved this part!)
  3. Paint the filter and watch the colors bleed and spread into each other.
  4. Continue painting other coffee filters—you’ll need about six per flower.Toddler craft coffee filter flower bouquet
  5. Let the coffee filters dry.
  6. When they’re dry, stack about 6 filters on top of each other. Fold them in half and snip two holes near the center of the half-moon.
  7. Guide a pipe cleaner up through one hole and back down the other hole. Twist the pipe cleaner around itself on the underside of the stack of filters. This makes the stem.
  8. Starting with the top one, scrunch up the coffee filters to make the layers of petals.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to brighten someone’s day.

Toddler craft coffee filter flower bouquet

Do you have a go-to craft to show someone you’re thinking of them?

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