Craft of the Month

Water color art project:

Water color art project:

1. Draw a picture with a white crayon on white paper.

(Card stock paper works best)

2. Paint the paper with watercolors to see the picture appear on the paper.

April 2017 Craft

Coffee Filter Flowers Tutorial

Did  you know you can make beautiful, full flowers with your students  with  coffee filters and pipe cleaners? It’s a very simple, CHEAP project   that the kids will love!

Supplies

  • markers
  • coffee filters (1-4 per flower)
  • spray water bottle
  • wax paper
  • pipe cleaner
  • table liner

Step 1: Decorate the Filters

Protect  your work surface with a  table cloth or some sort of liner (the marker  will soak through the  paper layers and you won’t want to stain your  work area with ink. Next,  Tear off a sheet of wax paper big enough and  place coffee filters on  top. I give each students their own sheet of  wax paper with coffee  filters on top and use a sharpie to write the  student’s name on the wax  paper. This helps me keep track of who  decorated the filters.Now  comes the fun part. Use markers to scribble  all over the coffee filters.  Later on, these colors will get wet and  bleed into each other so I try  to use colors near each other on the  color wheel. Otherwise, you may end  up with brown flowers.
  Next, spray the newly-scribbled flowers with your spray bottle. I   usually help my kinders do this part. You only need about 5 good  sprays.Set  the whole sheet of wax paper aside while you wait for the  decorated  coffee filters to dry. The colors will continue to bleed as  they sit.You  can stack the sheets of wax paper on top of each other  while they dry. I  try to stagger them a bit. Be mindful that the color  will bleed a bit  through the wax paper as well and complimentary colors  (such as orange  and purple) will bleed to make brown.

Step 2: Assemble the Flowers

After   the coffee filters have dried, you are ready to assemble. I always do this part on my own after school. Older students can probably handle   this on their own with instructions from you.
Stack all filters for a single flower together and fold in half.Now, fold in half again.
  This is where it gets a little tricky to understand. You basically  want  your folds to zig-zag. Take the top section of your coffee filters  and  fold it backward onto itself.Then  flip the filters over and repeat for the other quarter section. It will  look like this when pressed down.If you let go of the filters, they  will open a bit. See the zig-zag?Use a pipe cleaner to tightly wind  around the point of your folded coffee filters. Be sure to cinch it  tightly so it holds.Gently separate the folded pieces from one another,  and then you’re done!

Not sure how many coffee filters to use?

This  will help give you a sense of the fullness of different numbers of  coffee filters. These flowers are great for all things spring and  summer: Plant units,  mother’s day gifts, May Crowning celebrations,  Spring decorations, and  more.
Craft courtesy of: http://kindercraze.com/coffee-filter-flowers-tutorial/