We are going on four months of snow on the ground outside, so I’m thinking it’s high time we bust out a can of spring inside. Don’t you? Since we are still a good month away from daffodil season, why not make our own flowers? And, good news! I have a secret way of doing it that is ridiculously easy, costs less than $10, and will make you feel accomplished all weekend while you binge watch House of Cards. Don’t even act like you are not watching it. I saw you.
For this project, I am partnering with Paas. This is especially appropriate because the first thing I ever dyed with my own two little hands was an Easter egg using Paas tablets and that little copper wire dipper dooby (<< real word) . Even back then, after the eggs were all dyed up and looking pretty, it occurred to me that there ought to be something else you could do with all that leftover dye. Thirty years later, I have the answer. I have it!
Coffee filter flowers are not new to me or this blog, but this is the first time I have made them using the flat kind of filters, which I understand, is the standard filter outside the US. So for all y’all who have been looking for a flat filter flower craft, here you go!
I didn’t explain this in the video because this can be as easy or as complicated as you want it, and it mostly depends on quantity. Coffee filter fibers do not hold liquid, so it’s easier than you think. Normally I just leave them in stacks of 5-10 then flop them over my shower rod to dry over night. If you are working with impatient munchkin types, that can be a little more difficult. Want them dry in a hurry? Two options: If your total quantity is under 10 or so, lay them on a dishtowel on a cookie sheet and pop in the oven at 225f for about 10 minutes. You may need to shuffle them around half way, depending on the size of your cookie sheet. If you are working with a larger quantity, let them set on towels for a few minutes to get the excess liquid, then throw them in a warm dryer for ten minutes. I would suggest keeping separate loads for warm colors and cool colors, but sometimes the colors bleeding on each other is pretty nifty, so yeah, that’s your call. It doesn’t take much effort to dry them off, it just depends on timing.
Speaking of eggs, I’ll be partnering with Paas on a series of projects this spring, so be sure to stop by and keep tabs on the fun. If you make these tulips with your eggs, post a picture to their Facebook page so everyone can see your work. I’ll be looking!
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