April 4, 2012 at 9:47 am
by Suzonne Stirling
I’ve been a little obsessed with paper products this week – coffee filters and paper towels to be exact. I’m especially fascinated with all the things you can create out of coffee filters. I had little experience with them, beyond making a jabot for my son’s pirate costume one Halloween. But this week I made Easter favors for his Kindergarten class and I was delighted with how inexpensive they were and how easy they were to work with.
You can dye, paint, sew, stamp, and write on them – and who knows what else?! They’re pliable and have a lovely, soft texture even though you can make crisp, clean cuts on them. And they can take on all different personalities depending on how you use them. I found everything from whimsical kid crafts to incredibly sophisticated light fixtures made from recycled (i.e. coffee stained) filters. Best of all – the price. I can’t think of a less expensive paper you can buy to craft with (unless it’s used books).
Here are a few of the mini flower baskets I made for my son’s class. You’ll find a tutorial for carrots on the post as well. (Urban Comfort)
This is just one of the many beautiful coffee filter crafts that I found on this blog. (Aunt Peaches)
Make a sunny spring wreath (Crafting in the Rain)
A stamped filter makes for clever (and easy) gift packaging. (Capture the Moment)
Cone filters were transformed into petite gift or favor bags. (By Miekko)
Combine filters with cupcake liners to make a sophisticated pendant light that’s reminiscent of more high end light fixtures. (Design Sponge)