Beautiful Craft for Kids: Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Jan 8, 2014

 If your children love making paper snowflakes, they're in for a treat today. We're making beautiful coloured snowflakes with coffee filters and food colouring.

Cutting snowflakes is a great activity for promoting scissor skills and creativity. Using coffee filters and food colouring for the activity extends the learning to include a lesson in water absorption and colour blending as well. What you need:

  • coffee filters
  • bowl of water
  • paint brush
  • food colouring (or liquid water colours or glitter glue)
  • scissors
  • plastic mat
  • or tray to work on (a dinner plate will work as well)
  • warm iron (optional)

Instructions: Lay a coffee filter out on a flat surface. Be sure to protect your surface with a non-porous mat or tray to prevent staining.
With a paint brush, wet the coffee filter until it lays flat.
Drip 2 or 3 drops of food colouring or liquid water colour paint onto the coffee filter and swish your brush around, blending the colours until your coffee filter is completely coloured. Alternatively, you can brush your coffee filter with a coating of glitter glue.

Let the filters dry. I like to use a hair-dryer to speed up the process. Iron flat if desired.

Now to cut our snowflakes! Cutting a six-sided, circular snowflake:

  1. Lay your coffee filter flat, and fold it in half to form a semi-circle. Press edges firmly to make a sharp fold.
  2. Now fold it in half again. You'll now have one quarter of a circle.
  3. Fold your quarter-circle into thirds. You might have to play with your folds a little to get it just right. Press firmly again along the crease.
  4. Now cut along the 2 straight edges, and the rounded outside edge to make your design.

Carefully unfold your snowflake and admire your handiwork!

Isn't it beautiful? Here's one we made using glitter glue instead of food colouring.

If desired, gently press with a warm iron to eliminate any crease-lines. Now your snowflakes are ready to string into a garland or hang in a window!


This post was originally published in January 2014 and was updated in November 2016

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Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

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Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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