9/7/2014 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Guest Post


DIY Colorful Tissue Paper Flowers

Colorful tissue paper flowers are a long-standing favorite for kids and crafters alike, but tissue comes in a limited variety of colors, and crumples easily. By using Pentel watercolors*LINK and everyday coffee filters, you can create an endless variety of colors and patterns to make paper flowers to treasure for years to come.


This project is easy, kid-friendly, inexpensive, and does not require special skills. For less than $20 in materials, you can make hundreds of flowers!


The best part of this craft is you get to decide the color shape and pattern of each blossom in your bouquet. You are in charge. This is a great opportunity for little kids (and big kids) to show off their creativity and be proud of the end results.


The key ingredient is this set of Pentel Arts Water Colors. If you have never tried watercolors from a tube, you will be surprised at how easy it is. Just squeeze a small amount of paint onto a plastic or ceramic plate, dip your brush in water, then let the two hang out. These colors are highly pigmented – you’ll find that a little goes a long way!


Materials to Color Filters

Materials to Make Flowers

  • painted coffee filters
  • tissue or crepe paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • drinking straws


Grab a stack of 5-10 coffee filters and lay them flat on a paint-friendly surface (newsprint works great). Working with a thoroughly wet brush, dip into your color of choice then let your brush randomly dance across the surface of the coffee filters. Watch the paint instantly sink and absorb into the surface.

Move onto another stack of coffee filters, keeping your brush strokes loose. Don’t get hung up on making precise patterns or figures – you’ll see what happens to them in the next step!


After lining up your stacks of filters on a single surface (you may want to lay some paper towels underneath) spray with water until each stack is fully saturated. This may take 4-10 sprays per stack, depending on the strength of your spray bottle. The goal is saturate each stack of filters enough so the paint pigments carry through, but to not soak the stack so thoroughly that the paint does not stick to the coffee filters.


Watch your colors bleed into each other, taking the pigments along for the ride. You will find that the coffee filters on the top of the stack are usually dark and vivid, while the filters toward the bottom are more pastel.


After a minute or two, lift up a few coffee filters to make sure the water is reaching all layers. If not, just add a couple extra sprays in the middle to help the process along. After ten minutes of lying flat, move each stack to a fresh surface to air dry overnight. A laundry line or a shower curtain rod may come in handy. If you are in a hurry, you can also throw them in the dryer with a couple of old towels for 20 minutes on low heat.


After your filters are dry the fun begins! Each flower will require the following; two painted coffee filters, one pipe cleaner, one plastic straw, one tissue fringe.


To make ruffled centers for each flower, fold and cut a large piece of tissue paper into 4” columns, then use your scissors to fringe the edges while leaving the center intact.


Separate each column of fringed tissue and slice into 10” sections (longer sections will create larger ruffles in the center, if you prefer).


Use your fingers to pinch the tissue together, then secure in the center of a pipe cleaner with a couple of twists.


Using the tips of the pipe cleaners, poke two holes into the centers of two coffee filter less than an inch apart, then pull the pipe cleaner through.


To make your flowers look ruffled and realistic, pinch the coffee filters together, then wrap one of the stems around the base of the coffee filters to secure it in place.


Slide the two coffee filters into a plastic straw.


Fluff out the coffee filters, then stand back and admire your work!


Repeat this process to make as many flowers as your heart desires. The first flower may take a little time, but you will get the hang of it quickly. Warning: it might even be a little bit addictive.

Idea: Coffee Filter flowers make for a great party craft. If time limits are a concern, paint and dry the filters before the guests arrive and let them pick out a handful of their favorites. They’ll go home with a homemade bouquet and you will be the most popular host in town!



About the Author

aunt peaches flower hatPeaches is the artist and author behind Aunt Peaches, dubbed “the Citizen Kane of craft blogs” by the Huffington Post. Always on the lookout for clever ideas, Peaches shares creative and inexpensive how-to projects for those who love where they live. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


Comment from jennifer niles
September 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

i love the blue and white stripes! these beauties are on my to do list. thanks peaches!

Comment from Justine
September 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Fabulous! The process reminds me a little of tie dye. This is a project with lots of versatility. Thanks for the idea.

Comment from jet
September 10, 2014 at 6:34 am

Smart idea to use the paint at first with a brusch and then more watter.
I like it and the flowers as well;-D
Thank you for the tute and the sharing;-D

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Comment from Conceição Cardoso
July 11, 2018 at 4:32 am

Beautifull, pincture…

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