Green and yellow food colouring (You could use any colour combination)
Wide shallow bowl or pie plate
Paper cups and paper bowls
(The paper cups and bowls for this project were ordered here.)
1. Pour water with a few drops of food colouring into wide, shallow bowls. Dye a few filters completely green. Dip the open end of a larger stack of filters in yellow. Remove, and let dry while stacked upside down. (Note: Coffee filters hold their shape best when dyed in a stack.)
2. Using the paintbrush, paint cups with food colouring mixture. (Do some interiors, some exteriors, some both.)
3. Separate dyed filters when dry. Fold 1 in half, and snip into fluted part every few inches. Trim snips into rounded petals. Continue to trim all filters this way, varying the type of petal shape: some rounded, some angular. Unfold. Cut green filters into leaf shapes, making sure they are large enough to be seen once fastened to the bottoms of the flowers.
4. If desired, layer several flower-petal filters on top of each other to create a more lush and full flower. Use the glue-gun to attach them.
5. Glue cups to centers of filter flowers. Glue green leaves to underside of filters.
Click here for a variation on the same project: coffee-filter water lilies!