I enjoyed making my coffee filter flowers so much, I was positively anxious to try making coffee filter flower baskets! This project sounded perfect for some seasonally-appropriate fun now that Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner.
There are a few supplies needed, and none are expensive. You may already have the supplies on hand. What a deal! I was inspired by this flower basket pin by Urban Comfort. I wanted to try using water based markers as a second coloring technique on the coffee filters. I already had flower stem wire and food coloring left over from my earlier project and coffee filter flower post, my craft collection included water based markers, and my party supplies had some plastic nut cups. Okay, my supplies seemed to be in order.
I was quickly reminded that sometimes you just have to figure things out or use your best judgment when creating. The plastic nut cups I had on-hand were too small and would have been devoured by the flower petals. I quickly went on-line and had to "guesstimate" on the size I would need for this project. Many nut cups are also called candy cups - so read descriptions carefully. To assist you, here is a link to the specific nut/candy cups from Outside the Box Papers that I used for this project.
Dying the individual coffee filters with water based markers took longer on the front end because each filter got colored by markers. As opposed to dying the coffee filters by placing them in food coloring dyed water to soak for 30 minutes to several hours. Just think of the preparations this way: the time you spend coloring the individual filters is your creation of individual palettes of color; just like each flower is different from another.
Have fun with your patterns - but remember, every mark will bleed once water is applied.
Although some of the demarcations were indistinguishable, I really liked the color intensity the markers produced!
The third method of coloring coffee filters is created by applying food coloring in specific dots or short lines directly onto two or three folded coffee filters. A quick dunk in-and-out of some water, with a gentle squeeze to drain the excess water, is all you need to do to successfully dye your coffee filters. As before, unfold the coffee filters and drape them over inverted glasses to dry. Remember, I sped up the drying time by placing my coffee filters under a ceiling fan.
I referred to the original pin by Urban Comfort to read about their construction of the coffee filter flower baskets. I did not have any glue dots as outlined in their description, so I used hot glue to attach the floral wire to the paper nut/candy cups. I also used hot glue to attach the nut/candy cups to the first coffee filter layer, and in between each layer thereafter.
Preparing the coffee filter flower baskets to be used as centerpieces, or with tablescapes and serving pieces for display, helps to generate the mood for springtime frolics and Easter Sunday gatherings. I used artificial shrubbery to help show off some candy, as well as, a platter to display all of the baskets.
As you set the table, you may decide to decorate everyone's place with an individual coffee filter flower basket and a garden fairy.
Another option is to use a platter for easy distribution of the coffee filter flower baskets as your guests' take-home gifts.
See all of the components to each of Leisure Arts' Fairy and Gnome Garden Sets to help you plan your themed decor.
Have fun with these dying techniques; they each produce wonderfully vivid results! I think these coffee filter flower baskets are great for many uses: use with name cards and other place setting decor or place ordinary salt and pepper shakers in them (maybe omit the handle) for your dining table; or, for play time use as an accessory with a doll's outfit, or plan a garden party with a raffle drawing and each basket could hold a secret number under some nuts!
Even if you don't drink coffee, and however you decide to use these flower baskets, you just might want to invest in some coffee filters - there are so many crafting possibilities!
Until next time - have fun!