I’d often heard /seen pictures of the finished article but had never tried to make flowers from coffee filter papers before. But hey, you know me! This is a quick and easy tutorial in how I did it…….there may be a better way, but this worked for me.
1. Take one filter paper (FP) and draw a floral, petal shape onto it. The petal, as you can see, doesn’t have to be a particular shape and feel free to experiment.
2. Cut the shape out. Repeat a few times.
3.Open up the FP and gradually roll it around the pointy end of a knitting needle, pleating it as you go. I secured it with Scotch tape.
4.Mix up some dye. I used food colouring. You can water it down or mix colours together to get the desired shade. Be aware though most coffee filter papers are slightly brown when you start which alters the shade.
5Dip your flower into the colour turning it carefully until the dye has travelled up to the top. Don’t worry if your flower gets a little squashed as it’ll look a bit more natural when it’s dried.
6. I let my flowers drip dry. The best place to do this would be outside. Failing that, please make sure you use an old tray to protect the surface under them, as they dry.
7. Tadaa!!! So pleased with the end result. Holding the base of the flower, gently and slowly ease the flower off the knitting needle. Scotch tape holds very securely.
8. Once you start you won’t want to stop!!!!!