Simple Art Project for Kids: Coffee Filter Designs

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I needed a simple craft today.  Something that wouldn’t take forever since we were running late anyway and it was almost bedtime.  So, I decided to give this coffee filter art project for kids a shot.  (Warning: Real Mom Moment ahead!)  The problem?  I couldn’t find our markers.  I know, I know.  They’re on the list of essentials for your child’s craft kit.  But I could only find two big ones and a pack of almost-dried-out skinny ones.  I tried my sharpies, but they didn’t work.  So…we went with it.  As a result, this project was way less cool than it could have been, but turned out okay anyway.


Easy Art Project for Kids with Coffee Filters.  Simple and quick!  |

Easy Art Project for Kids: Coffee Filter Designs

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Project time: ~15 minutes
Project cost: $ Low
Parental involvement: Low
Inspiration: Easy Craft Tye Dye Coffee Filters from Mommy with Selective Memory (and some of my own memories from preschool!)


  • Coffee Filters
  • Fat, regular markers (The crayola ones work great!  And by fat, I mean regular, not skinny.)
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Preparation instructions:

  • Fold coffee filters in 8ths (in half three times)

Step by step instructions:

  • Give your child the folded coffee filter and let them color it.  The more color, the better.
  • Lightly spray the folded, colored coffee filter.  (I only did two light mists and that was enough.  The water should soak through within 30 seconds.)
  • Let dry.
  • Unfold and see your masterpiece!

This is a great project for learning about color mixing.  Give your child a red and a blue and see what color they get.  Then do another with yellow and red.  Then try one with purple and yellow.  What’d they get with that one?  😉

Easy Art Project for Kids with Coffee Filters.  Simple and quick!  |

If you decide to do this project, be sure to come back and tell me about it!  Take pictures and share them on my Facebook sharing post!  I’d love to see what you and your little ones are making together!

This post is part of my 31 Days of Easy Crafts for Kids series.  Be sure to check out the rest of the crafts I’m doing this month!

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  1. Abbygail Mendoza says:

    Perfect craft for this cold, rainy day! We did the coloring, then let them dry while we cleaned house. Then we made parachutes out of them for a gravity experiment! Art and science in one= perfect for me!

  2. What do you do with the coffee filters after you’re done? Hang them in the window?

  3. We’ve done this craft to make butterflies – the girls love it. 🙂 And I have a pack of coffee filters that are too small for my coffee maker, so it’s a perfect way to use them up. Maybe we’ll do these again tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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