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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Coffee Filter Flower Planter

 Coffee Filter Flower Planter Craft for Kids


I love spring!  After a long winter nap, the world wakes up again.  Trees start budding and flowers start growing.  One of my favorite first signs of spring is seeing the yellow daffodils bloom.  Shortly after they bloom, the leaves start growing on the trees and the next thing I know, other flowers are blooming and the environment around me is colorful again.  This is a great time for kids to make a coffee filter flower planter craft. 

Spring Flower Craft
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
*All photos in this post are the property of Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)


I love doing spring crafts and activities with my preschoolers.  This planter is made from paper plates, tissue paper, and paints or crayons. 

Spring Flower Craft

We started out with two paper plates.  You don't necessarily need the thicker, sturdier ones.  We used the cheapest ones I could find.

Spring Flower Craft

 I cut one paper plate in half.  Then my preschooler painted the front side of the whole plate.

Spring Flower Craft

When he was finished with the whole plate, he painted the back side of the half plate.

Spring Flower Craft

We used coffee filters for the flowers.  I asked my little guy to paint each coffee filter a different color.  We used water-color paints.  Water-color paints are great for this activity because the colors bleed easily through the filters. 

Spring Flower Craft

The plates and filters will need to dry.  Here are our finished plates and colorful springtime flowers.

Spring Flower Craft

After the coffee filter flowers have dried, grab the center with one hand and use your other hand to fold them up like the photo above.

Spring Flower Craft

You can opt to glue the flowers to the inside of the paper plate, but we decided to use tape.  The tape actually holds the flowers on better and there is no waiting for the glue to dry.  We taped the bottom of the flowers to the center area of the plate.

Spring Flower Craft

Then, we stapled the half plate onto the whole plate like the photo above to create the planter.

Spring Flower Craft

We added a yarn hook to the back.  Again, we just used tape.

Spring Flower Craft

We finished with a pretty springtime wall planter filled with pretty spring flowers!

This flower craft is good for any time during the spring or summer, but it is especially nice in May for a Mother's Day gift.



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