Have you tried painting on coffee filters with watercolor paint? The paint colors spread readily, which makes it a fun activity for kids to do with either brushes or droppers.
We recently did some coffee filter painting in Christmas colors, then used them to make a Christmas garland which we LOVE.
How To Make A Coffee Filter Garland
- Coffee filters (use the white basket-shaped coffee filters rather than the cone shaped coffee filters)
- Watercolor paint (we used liquid watercolors and found the metallic liquid watercolors especially nice on the garlands)
- Droppers or paint brushes
- Glue stick
First we painted the coffee filters, using our liquid watercolors (regular watercolors or even food coloring would work as well).
We used red, green, silver and gold paints. The metallic watercolors added a lot.
After the painted coffee filters dried, we folded them in half and glued them over a ribbon.
Here are the finished garlands! You can use them to decorate the house or the tree.
Find detailed step-by-step directions for this coffee filter garland and for four other simple holiday garlands at my December column for WNC Parent magazine. Enter page 48 in the search field at the top, then click on the actual page in order to make it large enough to read.
Looking for even more holiday crafts for your family? Check out our Holiday Arts and Crafts bundle from the Kids Art Spot! 12 fun holiday activities, each with a step-by-step video tutorial and printable instructions, plus 12 fun and festive drawing invitations to encourage your kids to think and draw creatively.
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