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How To Make A Christmas Coffee Filter Garland

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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

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Painting Coffee Filters for Holiday Garlands

First we painted the coffee filters, using our liquid watercolors (regular watercolors or even food coloring would work as well).

Liquid watercolor paint and coffee filters

We used red, green, silver and gold paints. The metallic watercolors added a lot.

Watercolor painted Christmas coffee filter garland

After the painted coffee filters dried, we folded them in half and glued them over a ribbon.

Christmas coffee filter garland

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.

Let me know if you make this coffee filter garland —I’d love to hear!

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    December 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Jean, I love these! We have painted on coffee filters before but I never would have thought of this. You are a genius. Also, we made an advent tree similar to yours, I’ll try and get some pictures up, it was a great sick day activity. Thanks so much for all your great ideas — as always, I love them!

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    December 1, 2010 at 11:35 am

    this is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Oh I love it so much and I can now see our walls plastered with coffee filter garland. Thank you!

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    December 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Love these simple projects! This could be adapted to use for any event. Love it!

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    December 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I really enjoyed your article at Rhythm of the Home. That’s exactly the kind of experiences I’m trying to provide for my kids. And I’m sure we’ll be trying that tape-resist project, too. ;)

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    December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    ooohhh! love these! maybe we’ll give them a go at our art group this week. i’ll be sure to link to pictures if we give it a go! thanks for all the awesome ideas…your article was great! ;-)

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    This girl loves to Talk
    December 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm
    we made an advent calendar out of the pocket type coffee filters (very similar to what you’ve done here, but with red and green food colouring) it is a fun medium – and since I dont drink coffee I had never heard of them until I saw all these crafts on the net!

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    December 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    You’re amazing!!!
    Did you know that there is a SCBWI BIG conference in NYC in January?? Lois Lowry, R. L. Stine, Jules Pfeiffer, more. You should go. Yes, I know you have lots of responsibilities, but this is where you would meet an editor etc.
    Love, love,
    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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    December 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Another great idea! Perfect for little ones – will try in my SK/Gr1 class!!!

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    December 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Great idea!

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    December 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    We tried coffe filters a while ago… this is a great idea to do it again!!.

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    December 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

    So beautiful. My husband’s birthday is tomorrow, and this garland is just what we need to spruce our home up. Thank you!!

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    December 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for a simple and totally do-able decorating project! My older girls (3 & 6) want so badly to help decorate the house and I was trying to come up with a project they could help with. This is perfect!

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    December 3, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Fantastic idea! I’m totally going to try this with my Pre-K class and hang in on our wall of windows…I can’t wait to see the outcome :)

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    laura saenz
    December 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

    i tried this with my 2.5 yo and although we didn’t quite finish our garland, we had a great time! thank you for the inspiration!

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author
    December 6, 2010 at 6:50 am

    This has to be the best display of coffee filters I’ve ever seen. Thank goodness, no butterflies! (those are fun too)

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    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for such a creative idea! We did this at home for the New Year. You can check it out if you like at:

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    March 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I really like it so much and I can now see our surfaces applied with java narrow garland.

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