Coffee Filter Flower Easter Baskets
- Coffee Filters, large and small
- Liquid Watercolor
- Paper Cup
- Floral Wire
- Shallow Dish
- Dye your coffee filters: Mix 12-20 drops of liquid watercolor into approx. 1 cup of water. For the leaves: Put a stack of filters in the dye (as they absorb the dye, they will completely flatten out). Let them sit for a minute or two and then remove them from the dye. Let the excess drip off and then put them aside to dry on a paper towel-lined baking tray or on a wire rack set over paper towels. For the flowers: Working in stacks, dip the edges of the filters into the dye, letting it work its way up as high as you'd like, but not saturating the bottom. Remove the stack from the dye, let the excess drip off, and then put them aside to dry face down, keeping the shape of the filter intact.
- Stack 5 dry, colored filters together (2 of one color for the middle, 3 of another color for the outer petals) and then fold in half. Make a slit in the middle of the half, then cut those two portions in half again. Finally, cut slits along the folded edge. Round the cut edges to make petal shapes.
- Cut a piece of floral wire in half, then bend it to form a "U" shape. Adhere it to the sides of the cup.
- Take the top coffee filter and push it into the cup, arranging the petals as desired.
- Put a little glue on the bottom of the cup and around the top edge on the outside. Attach the second coffee filter around the outside of the cup. These two layers will cover it.
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