Coffee filter snowflakes

How to Make Coffee Filter Snowflakes

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Coffee filter snowflakes

All these years I’ve been trimming 8 1/2 x 11 paper down to a square, then folding it and rounding off the edges to make snowflakes.

For years I’ve been doing this!

And then the other day, Maia grabbed one of our coffee filters (left over from the coffee filter holiday garlands), folded it, and cut out a snowflake.

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So quick. So easy. No extra cutting or folding to get it into the right shape because it’s already round. And easy to cut through the layers since it’s lightweight.

Coffee filters make the best snowflakes! Why didn’t I know that? It seems so obvious now. I’ve obviously missed a memo somewhere. So here’s how to make coffee filter snowflakes…

Painted coffee filter snowflakes

How to Make Coffee Filter Snowflakes

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INSTRUCTIONS

Painting coffee filter snowflakes with watercolor paint

1. Fold

Fold a coffee filter in half and then in half again, creasing the folded edges. You can fold another time or two, but for the little kids this is generally enough.

2. Cut shapes & lines

Use your scissors as you would with a regular paper snowflake and snip triangles, lines, and shapes along all of the edges of your folded coffee filter.

3. Unfold snowflake

Carefully unfold to reveal your coffee filter snowflake design!

4. Paint

If desired, paint with watercolor paint to add some color to your new snowflakes.

Cutting and painting coffee filter snowflakes

We’ve been cutting many, many snowflakes over the past two days.

Painting coffee filter snowflakes

And since coffee filters take watercolors so well, we’ve been painting some as well. This is as much fun (or more!) as cutting them.

Coffee filter snowflakes hanging on window

A few dabs from the glue stick to hang our new painted coffee filter snowflakes in the window and we have a winter wonderland inside and out!

Cutting and painting coffee filter snowflakes

Fun times on a snow day!

Coffee filter snowflakes hanging in window

How about you? Did you enjoy learning how to make coffee filter snowflakes? What are your favorite winter arts and crafts activities?

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  • Reply
    Kat
    December 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

    We get a little addicted to snowflake making too. Last year I bought the book, Snowflakes For All Seasons and now we make them all year long!
    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=snowflakes+for+all+seasons&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=1155552821&ref=pd_sl_4awjuynki3_b
    TOTALLY trying it with coffee filters now… THANK YOU!

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    amy
    December 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

    What a good idea! I especially like how they look painted.

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    Courtney Russell
    December 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    We were planning to decorate our mudroom for our advent activity today. It’s a little room of windows on the back corner of our house, right next to the side street, so pretty visible. I thought we’d do up the windows like a store window display. These will be perfect!

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    molly
    December 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

    So funny — we did this a few days ago after you posted the garland and I meant to tell you that you inspired it! We only have about 5 in our windows though, must do more, they look beautiful. Also, a good book for inspiration (if you haven’t seen it already) is Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian. We just got it as a gift and it is beautiful as well as really interesting.

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    December 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

    If you haven’t already, you must accompany this with a reading of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. When you see it, you’ll know why.

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    Jane
    December 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

    These are just beautiful! I’ve never thought to use coffee filters before. Thanks for the idea!

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    Colleen
    December 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Very lovely. Looks like fun to make. We will have to try making some, as they will be as close as we will get to seeing snowflakes here in Florida. Thanks for sharing.
    Colleen:)

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    Sharon
    December 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Yes they do!!
    Those look great!

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    Regina
    December 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Aren’t these beautiful! I love the watercolor versions, so gorgeous. What are you sticking them to your windows with?

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    Regina
    December 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Never mind! I should have read the post a bit more carefully, a plain old glue stick, eh? Will that easily dissolve with some windex?

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    Krista
    December 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I was just wondering about the glue stick too. Does that come off better than tape? We just installed brand new windows and I won’t be coaxed into using tape to hang our snowflakes up. Does the glue come off easily?

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    Lucia
    December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I had the very same aha moment a couple of years ago with the regular sized coffee filters and then last year we ordered some of the large and extra large filters from discount school supply and we really went crazy! Seriously, order some of those large sized ones and see how cool they look on your windows. Thanks for the reminder…I predict a snow flake making session will be in our near future.
    Here’s the link for those larger sized filters aka Texas snowflakes :)
    http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=23299&keyword=texas%20snowflakes&scategoryid=0

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Thank goodness for your blog! Of course this is what I should be using!!! We have plans to make these next month. Now if I can only remember….

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    Rachelle
    December 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    simply beautiful. i can see why this is such a hit. and how lovely that you don’t have to cut out circle after circle. btw, we froze a wreath last night and my daughter was over the moon excited to tell her dad about it when he got home from work.

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    Heather
    December 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Oh I love this! I think that this will go on our list of activities for this week.

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    Nikki
    December 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks SO much for sharing this! We have been making snowflakes starting from squares for years and haven’t thought of this before either! We even watercolored some filters a couple of weeks ago, so I just tested it out and it is easy for children to do. I’m going to share this tomorrow with my art classes. Thanks again!

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    Sarah N.
    December 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    The snowflakes look great! We’ll definitely be trying this. My girls are getting some liquid watercolors for Christmas. We’ve never tried them before but I’m inspired by all the cool things I’ve seen you do with them. I see lots of snowflakes going on our windows during Christmas break.

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    Alyssa Willis
    December 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love this idea! We switched over to brown coffee filters and now have a “ton” of white coffee filters! Thank you for sharing your awesome idea!!

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    Becky
    December 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    great tip! another one that we’ve discovered…we cut over a shallow box or tub so all the scraps fall in there…it makes clean up a cinch:)

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    Michaela
    December 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    We just did the exact same thing as you, and I kept patting myself on the back for being so clever, haha! I could never keep up with cutting enough circles for my girls to make more snowflakes, and then they couldn’t cut through the paper themselves, so this was such an easy solution. Yours look gorgeous!

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    Harry
    December 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    wow I finally made a guest appearance on your blog! Loved the snowflake making. Thanks sweetie

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    Tricia
    December 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

    How funny! We made died snowflakes the day before you! I love checking out your site for ideas! Maybe it’s finally rubbing off onto me!

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    shawn
    December 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Girl, I could kiss you for this post. I was actually googling how to make one because I had no clue and once I did have a clue, they were terrible!! xoxoxoxo you are awesome and i will be on this tonight with the girls.

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ll have to see if our library has that.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Oooh! I want to see pics!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:55 am

    We love that book! We don’t own it but have checked it out from the library a few times.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:55 am

    That’s one of our favorite books!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Yes, the glue comes off easily!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The glue comes off easily. And tape actually scrapes off pretty easily with a flat razor blade (as my husband demonstrated for me).

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    We’ll have to try it with different size filters! Thanks. :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Oh! Glad you tried the ice wreath!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    You’re welcome!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Glad you’re going to be giving liquid watercolors a try! Regular watercolors work great for these snowflakes, too, though. That’s what we used and they are nice and subtle.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Good idea! We had three of us cutting and scraps all over the table and floor!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

    :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    xo back at you! Hope you had fun making snowflakes with the girls!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

    We all inspire each other!

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    kstemler
    December 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

    i’m just curious, is there a reason you chose to use a glue stick instead of oil?
    thanks,
    kimberly

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    heidi @ wonder woman wannabe
    December 17, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful! a fellow blogger mentioned this project and linked to you – can’t wait to try this out with my boys over Christmas vacation!
    cheers!

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    Darcy Troutman
    December 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Loved this idea, we ended up doing it ourselves and blogging it (with a link to you of course) – thank you very much – http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/2010/12/things-to-make-coffee-filter-snowflakes.html

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    julie
    December 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    These are so pretty! I was searching online yesterday for something to do with the stack of coffee filters we don’t use anymore (new coffee maker)…and this idea did NOT come up! So glad I saw this today!

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    Jennifer
    December 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I loved this project! I posted photos and a tutorial about our own process on my blog (crediting Artful Parent, of course!). :)
    http://www.multiplerealitiesblog.com/2012/12/winter-craftiness-with-twin-toddlers-and-a-preschooler.html
    Thank you for your continued inspiration, Jean!

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    Laura
    October 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Dear Jean,
    My name is Laura, and I am the editor of AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. I am contacting you because I would love to feature some of your craft tutorials, like this one, on AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. I know my readers would love your content!
    Each one of our craft reviews includes a short description of the project, a byline that credits you, a link to the tutorial on your site, and a photo of the finished project. We also feature links to projects and accompanying pictures in our free weekly e-mail newsletter.
    My email address is [email protected]. Please let me know if we have permission to feature your projects and photos on AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com and in our newsletters, which reach over 110,000 subscribers. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Thank you,
    Laura

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    Heids
    January 26, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Does the glue stick come off easily ?

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