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 for how to learn to dye coffee filters.

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.  I don’t worry too much because my countertops are older but I would recommend putting down newspapers to protect your work area.

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 on to a baking pan and pancake the filters between them and pat down (be aggressive) the filters to remove as much fo 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.  You can either separate the filters into single layers and allow them to dry on cooling racks OR you 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

Once dry, remove from oven and enjoy!

Graphic for How-To Dye Coffee Filters with food coloring

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.  It was so much fun and I am thrilled with the results.  Right now, I have a colorful garland of these vibrant beauties hanging on my faux fireplace.  I am probably going to take them to my sunroom soon for some fun summer decor.

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.

Vibrantly dyed coffee filters dyed with food coloring