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How-To Dye Coffee Filters with Food Coloring

Learn how to dye coffee filters with food coloring and create beautiful flowers, wreaths, garlands and more! Perfect for weddings, baby showers, and all around the house.

Vibrantly dyed coffee filters dyed with food coloring

If you enjoy crafting with simple basic supplies that pack a punch, you will really like this!

The result is something so versatile you'll want to pin this for the future because you never know when you'll need or want something colorful and cheap and that's when you'll want to pull out this helpful tutorial.

DIY Shabby Chic Coffee Filter Wreath

In the past, I've used coffee filters to make a wreath,

Cheap creative crafting with paper and twine - beautiful pom pom flowers made from coffee filters

and to make gift topper pompoms and while I loved the natural look of the filters I chose (no dyeing required) I wanted something that screamed color, joy, and spring, and that's why I decided to give this a try.

Supplies:

White Coffee Filters - I buy them at Aldi's and I believe they are less than $2.00 a package

Food Coloring - I've used McCormick food coloring for as long as I can remember and that's what I had on hand, so that's what I used

Baking Sheet

Cooling Rack

Parchment Paper

Glass Bowl

Paper Towels

How-To Dye Coffee Filters

*You'll want to make sure that you protect your work surface from the dye damaging anything. 

Supplies for dying coffee filters with food coloring - coffee filters, food coloring, and glass bowl

I separated my coffee filters into groups of 10 for dyeing. I made flowers and a garland and estimated that 10 would be a good number for each of these purposes.

Adding yellow food coloring to glass bowl

Add food coloring to a glass bowl. 

I started with 10 drops but found 15 to 20 to provide the best amount of color.  If you don't add enough dye the first round and don't like your results, you can re-dye the filters. They are very forgiving.

Adding water to glass bowl with yellow food coloring in it

Next, I added 2 cups of water to my glass bowl and then stirred to evenly mix the food coloring throughout.

Coffee filters being placed in glass bowl filled with yellow food coloring diluted with water

Now add your filters.

They may be somewhat resilient to sinking so you'll need to help them a bit by pushing down.  Your hands are going to get dyed but it will wash off easily.

Glass bowl with yellow food coloring and coffee filters soaking

I let my filters soak for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Coffee Filters dyed with food coloring on cookie sheet pressed between paper towels

Place several layers of paper towels onto a baking pan and pancake the filters between them and pat down (be aggressive) the filters to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Brightly colored coffee filters dyed with food coloring on drying rack

Now, you can go in two directions with this next step. 

Dyed filters can either be separated into single layers and allowed to dry on cooling racks OR they can place them on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 10 minutes in a 250-degree oven. 

IF you go the oven route, check on them often and do not leave them alone...they're paper in an oven. 

You want to be careful! I stuck around the kitchen doing other things for the drying process.

Watermelon pink and pistachio green dyed coffee filters

Allow to dry, remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Tips for Dying Coffee Filters

Some tips regarding the food coloring.....have fun and EXPERIMENT!!!! I added red to the blue, red to the yellow, and green to the blue to create some gorgeous colors. 

Right now, I have a colorful garland of these vibrant beauties hanging on my faux fireplace. 

I'll be sharing the garland tutorial in the next few days and a quick tutorial for using these as flowers to decorate mason jars for Easter.

How To Dye Coffee Filters with Food Dye

This is such an easy way to create colorful coffee filters crafts using only food dye and water. Once dry, use these gorgeous paper filters to make coffee filter wreaths, garlands, and flowers.
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Brightly colored coffee filters dyed with food coloring on drying rack
Prep Time:5 mins
5 mins
Total Time:10 mins

Equipment

Supplies

  • 40 paper coffee filters
  • 1 package food coloring
  • water

Instructions

  • Separate coffee filters into groups of 10 for dyeing.
  • Add food coloring to a glass bowl. I started with 10 drops but found that 15 to 20 drops provide the best amount of color.
  • Next, add 2 cups of water to each glass bowl and stir to evenly mix the food coloring throughout.
  • Now, add your filters one at a time pushing them down so that they are fully submerged in the dye.
  • Allow filters to soak for 20 to 30 minutes depending on how deep and rich of a color you want.
  • Place several layers of paper towels on to a baking pan and pancake the filters between them. Pat down (be aggressive) the filters to remove as much fo the liquid as possible.

Now, you can go in two directions with this next step. 

  • Dyed filters can either be separated into single layers and allowed to dry on cooling racks OR they can place them on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 10 minutes in a 250-degree oven. 
  • IF you go the oven route, check on them often and do not leave them alone…they’re paper in an oven. 
    You want to be careful! I stuck around the kitchen doing other things for the drying process.
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $1.00
Vibrantly dyed coffee filters dyed with food coloring

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9 Comments

  1. Brandi Nicole Rubio says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! I've always wanted to use coffee filters for making paper flowers to see how it turns out, as I've seen so many pretty flower crafts using these. I've never tried it because of the thought of having to buy different color dyes to color them, so this is very affordable and looks easy!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome, Brandi! I am so glad you found the inspiration useful. 🙂

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  3. I used black solid food coloring to water for a gray filter and ended up with a dye dye look purple and turquoise! It’s beautiful!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That sounds so pretty, Jo! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Inger Rosendahl says:

    Thank you for the recipe. It looks pretty easy and I can't wait to making flowers.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome, Inger!

  5. I am excited to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome, Natalie! Have fun. 🙂