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April 21, 2012

Coffee Filter Flowers and Video Tutorial

Hello sweet friends!
It has been inexcusably long since I have posted.  I know.  But I do have legitimate reasoning.

The kiddos got sick.
The kiddos got ME sick.
Been preparing for an upcoming gala next weekend.
I have had 101 appointments and access to blog land. 

We actually have been going through a lot of personal stuff with our oldest daughter.  I promise, nothing alarming or worrisome.  But she has been having behavioral problems and struggling in school.  So I have been determined to get to the bottom of it and I think we are on our way to a solution.  It has taken all my time and energy which I have no doubt all of you are amazingly understanding about.

But GOOD NEWS...I am going to be sharing all the elements of this DIY Tablescape I have been working on.  I think you will like some of the ideas I have come up with. The gala theme this year is "A Knight in the Garden." Garden?  Flowers?  I am so in.

Do you remember last year's table?  Here are some photos to jog your memory...

So here we go with the first part of  Gala Tablescape 2012...
My idea was to have a bunch of flowers...I mean A LOT...all over my table.  I was going to make a runner, inspired by this, but my table is round so I figured I could just arrange a bunch in the center with some candle light. I realized coffee filters could be my solution.

I think I am the last person to get on the coffee filter flower train.  I have always admired them but to be honest, my crafty self can NOT pull it off. I tried all the different methods I have seen (rolling them with masking tape, roses) but for some reason, I am missing some coffee filter flower making gene.  So while failing miserably trying this...quite by accident...I came up with my own way of making them. 

And it's easy! 
Everyone chic scream for easy!
First I dyed them.  
I experimented with tea, food coloring, washable markers, and watered down acrylic paint.  They all work great but I had the most fun with food coloring.  I found I had a lot of leeway with it. You can even use kool aid too!  I just soaked them for about 10 minutes and dried them in individual layers.
The soft colors of these are so lovely.  
Here they are folded twice into cones and cut with a scalloped edge all ready to make the flowers.

Check out my video below with a step by step on how to make the flowers.  I needed both hands and I figured using my tripod for a picture tutorial would be more time consuming then just doing a video.  

I don't necessarily call this a vlog because  only my hands are in the video. But I guess it is.  I was probably sporting yoga pants, a hoodie, and working on day 2 of needing a shower.
I love being a mom. :)

Oh, and my voice sounds funny.  Kinda valley girlish.  Never knew that about me but whatever.
Or...WHAT-everrrr. ;)
Hope you like the step by step and let me know if you would want more vloggy tutes.

What do you think? Aren't they crazy easy for being so pretty?
BTW...if you want me to show you how to make these with a stem, I can do that too.
Here are a bunch as I was playing with as a practice run on my kitchen table (which is round like my gala table).  I think I am just going to have all the flowers loose to work as the centerpiece with those candlesticks in the middle to add height. Sorry you can't see a completed look but at least you see the flowers!

I will check in with you soon for another fun tutorial.  It's a favor and a place card in one. I'm just plain tickled I actually will be back soon! I hope you will be back too. :)

Blessings lovelies!

P.S.  I hope this will launch an upcoming 2x a month series called Tablescape Tuesday.
Details to come!


  1. Sooo pretty!! And I love that you decided to shoot a vlog to show us all how to make them!! I just subscribed to your youtube channel!! Hope there are many more video tutorials in your future!! Also can't wait to see more of this tablescape! I know it will be fabulous!!

  2. JESS!! I have missed you, girl. I love your video tute. You have such a cute twinge of an accent (not a Valley Girl one either - ha ha) that I was not expecting! More "vlogs", please. How fun are those flowers? Seriously.

  3. I LOVE your blog!! So many great tutorials..

  4. So glad you're back! Those are gorgeous and SO much easier to understand how to make with the video. Hope everyone is back to feeling better!
    Jenn :)

  5. Gorgeous! Just absolutely gorgeous! Glad you're feeling better and the kids are too. Hope things continue to go well for your girl.

  6. So easy,so good idea...and sooo pretty flowers!!!Thank you!:)))

  7. HI Jess, normally I don't watch video tutorials, I dont' know why I just don't... but this one I am going to watch when I get home from church and errands today. I love these flowers and want to learn how to make them... Sorry to hear about child troubles, it is just a part of life, don't worry it's not "your" child. I'm still having behavioral problems with my 21 year old, he keeps doing things that have bad consequences but yet still does them, go figure. And if I try and speak to him I get....Mom......please. It's so, gag me with a spoon and LIKE move out already since you know it all! :) This too shall pass.

  8. Jess, I view everything on my phone these days and when I am in mobile blogger, there are no buttons to share in fb or any other social media... not sure if it possible to add those buttons in blogger, but work mentioning...
    Oh I just thought of a work around.
    Great stuff!

  9. They are beautiful. How did you dye them?

  10. Welcome Back!! I was so excited to see a new post from you on my blog list!
    These coffee filter flowers are great!!! I am so looking forward to an opportunity to make these!! It looks SO easy!! My thoughts are with you and your older daughter. I hope that everything gets figured out and resolved :)

    ♥ Ashley

  11. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! You ALWAYS make everything look so beautiful! I had to pin this & make something with those flowers soon!

  12. fabulous tut. thanks for taking the time.

  13. Like.. WHAT-everrrr!!
    you better stop making fun of your voice BC Its Totally a Voice of a Famous person ;)

    omgosh!! you got it to work!! I gotta to know how!!
    Its Totally what i envisioned when you told me about them!JUST GORGEOUS!!
    WIll Have to do! :D


  14. Okay that was wayyyyy too much fun! I loved watching you make that little flower! "watching the genius in action!" ;) Totally! I have a little confession.....I would be after you on being the last to join the filter flower train :) I didn't even know about them! (Did I say that outloud?) So that shows how much I have been on here :)

    I agree with Karen above on the voice! :)

    They are super cute Jess! I will FOR SURE be making some!!!!

    Hope everything is going well on the behavior. Annie goes through periods of that too but she always comes around again to be sweet so I offer that as encouragment :) Let's just say I never thought I would get emails & calls forom teachers...but I have ;)


  15. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! you have out done yourself! this is so faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous I can't take it!!!! may i say i have seen many coffee filter flowers but none of them as drop dead gorgeous as yours! you are just always amazing my friend! you just have the magic touch! your presentation is over the top and you just plain and simple rock at this! in awe@@@@@ sending tons of hugs and love your way! : )

  16. Hey Jessica,
    Good tutorial, love your sweet little carnations. My daughter, Sophie, and I just may have to make some of these babies as napkin ring holders for a spring tea at church. She is hosting a table of all little girls, (and their dolls) they would have a lot of fun with those flowers!

    Hope you are having a great spring!

  17. ok sweet girl...what is your suggestion for attaching them to a stem?? i have the flowers made and i'm thinkin hot glue but i'm just not sure!

    hang in there with your's rough at times but they get through it eventually. *wink and a smile*

  18. I love them!!! Must. buy. coffee. filters. Thanks for the tutorial! Mary

  19. You made a white wreath last year out of sheets... will you please please please show a tutorial for making it??? It's all over Pinterest and everyone keeps asking how to make it!!!

  20. Really, really beautiful. I love that you dyed the filters as well... I've tried these a thousand times and have not liked them at all. I am going to try again using your tutorial now!

  21. They look like peonies to me. SUPER DUPER cute...I wish I could make them, but alas, the coffee filters I have access to are brown and not able to fold out. Maybe I can find a way to used tissue paper or newspaper... :)
    xoxoxox <3

  22. Thank you SO much for this tutorial!! I was trying to finish a project I had started and couldn't find a coffee filter flower tutorial I liked or that had the steps listed. It looks great and I can't wait to add it!! Thank you again! Look forward to visiting your site frequently for more ideas! :)

  23. What a lovely post and your flowers are so pretty! I have this linked to my paper flowers roundup post too today, for inspiration!

  24. I just LOVE these flowers, and your video was wonderful. I would love to make some of these with my residents in assisted living. Can you tell me what flavor Kool aid you used to get the colors?

  25. I just made these and they are great. I also made one of the flowers with zig zag edges instead of scalloped and that looked pretty cool as well.

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  33. Hi There - these are beautiful! Could you please post the option with creating a stem? Thank you!

  34. Great Video tutorial! It's amazing how great these look, and they are made of coffee filters!

  35. Such lovely and easy flowers. Great tutorial too. I was thinking instead of getting 2 different sizes of filter just get the big ones and cut some of them down to smaller circles. Also, you could use a green one on the bottom to give it leaf look. I think I'm going to make some of these and use them on a wreath.

  36. Lovely! How or what would you do and use to incorporate a stem to be able to put in a vase for weddings???

  37. love the look of these coffee filter flowers, and the video was great! thanks for sharing!

  38. Beautiful flowers. This one I must try

  39. thank you so much for this tutorial! I used it to make my own, and I love how they turned out!
    I posted a blog about it here: and made sure to link back to this one, because I owe this awesome bouquet to your post.

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