Monday, November 7, 2011

* Fall Craft for Kids: Coffee Filter Leaves

"C" made the prettiest coffee filter leaves at preschool last week
so big sister "E" and I wanted to make some more with her at home.
We made so many leaves, we now have this beautiful display in our playroom!

We studied "C"s leaves to figure out how she made them.
She said they used coffee filters and Do-A-Dot markers so we gave it a go.

I thought they may have used bleeding tissue paper or liquid watercolors,
but she was very definitive when she said how they made them 
so we went along with it.   : )

We started by cutting out some free-form leaf shapes from some coffee filters.

Then, we spread out some newspaper to protect our craft surface 
(in this case, it was the floor... I'm not sure why we always end up sitting on the floor
and crafting instead of working at the table!)

We used our Do-A-Dot markers to make pretty patterns
but the colors weren't bleeding like the ones "C" made at school. 

They were still very pretty and artsy.
All three of us had fun making them!

So, we tried wetting some filters first and that 
pretty much just made a mess and she said the ones at school were dry. 
We decided to just stick with making leaves with the dot markers,
they were still pretty. 

Hmmm.....it was a bit of a crafting mystery.

I asked her teacher about it the next day and we solved the mystery. 
They DID use coffee filters for the leaves but they
used liquid watercolors inside of bingo markers 
and that's why the leaves they made bled and ours didn't!

When the "leaves" dried, 
we taped them up in our big playroom window.

They're so bright and cheerful, it makes me smile 
every time I walk past the playroom. 

Happy (use what you have) Crafting!

pink and green mama


Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Very pretty! Could you spray them with water? Maybe they would bleed more? If the dot markers are water based they should. Either way they still came out beautiful!

Molly said...

We tried this a week ago with coffee filters and watercolors (regular)....it was tons of fun while we were doing it, and they even look pretty after drying, but when we hold them in front of the window they look totally washed out?! Any suggestions on how to "fix" them? We do not have bingo markers or liquid watercolors...

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Molly,

If they are too washed out looking you could try darkening/brightening them with a second layer of your watercolor paint (less diluted) or... crayola markers, or food coloring.

Hope this helps!


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Melissa -- when we added water the dot markers did bleed but then they were too washed out. The regular markers without water and the liquid watercolor were a lot better looking! : )


Diana said...

Molly - I've discovered it depends on what I dry my coffee filters on. I either leave it on the tray to dry or lay it on a shower curtain liner...they seem to hold their colors better this way.

Jessica said...

This is just the type of thing I've been looking for to brighten up my sons room for fall! Thank you, so much!! I can't wait to try these out.

Erica said...

Those dot markers look like a lot of fun -- what a great project! Thanks for another great idea :)

Impossible Mom said...

These are cute! Thanks for sharing! Using markers is a great idea too!

Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said...

Isn't it amazing what can be done with a simple coffee filter. I never knew it was a "Standard Item" needed in a child's art supply closet until I had two little ladies!

moonsword said...

Gorgeous window jewels! You all did a brilliant job!
My dad has frequent hospital stays and often he's in a room with large windows. I think he'd love to wake up to these, maybe with a few hearts thrown in too. Many thanks!
I found you through TCB...I can't wait to explore the rest of your site! Have a cheery day!

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