Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornaments

We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare today by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! Another one to add to our collection of tree ornaments that look like Christmas trees!

This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Not only will they enjoy the creative process, there’s an opportunity to learn about water absorption and colour blending, and of course there are the jewels.  The hooligans love the jewels for their sparkly beauty.  I love them for the fine-motor work out that they provide.

coffee filter christmas tree ornament

This is our second coffee filter craft in less than a week!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the gorgeous Coffee Filter Poppies we made for Rembembrance Day, and then come on back and gather up your supplies.

Supplies for coffee filter Christmas trees:

supplies for Coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments

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* To contain messes and spills we worked on a plastic table cloth.  The ice cube tray was placed in a baking pan to prevent it from being tipped.

How to make a coffee filter Christmas Tree:

I put a little water in an ice cube tray.  You don’t need much; you want your colours to be intense.

I added a few drops of food colouring or a squirt of liquid watercolour to each section of the tray.  We used different shades of greens and blues for each section. In some sections I added two colours so the hooligans could stir them together and see some colour-mixing.

painting coffee filters with food colouring

When they’d finished stirring, the fun began.

Each hooligan dripped, brushed and tapped the coloured water onto their coffee filters.  Some chose to crumple their filters up and dunk them into the water.

If the colours weren’t intense enough, I would add a few drops of food colouring directly onto the wet coffee filters so the kids could swish those around.

green and blue coffee filter dyed with food colouring

Drying the filters:

You can lay the filters out on a baking sheet to air dry them, or do like we did, and hold them under the heat of a hair-dryer to speed up the process.

green coffee filters dyed with food colouring and liquid watercolours

Shaping and decorating our coffee filter trees:

Once dry, fold your filter, acordion-style, in half and then in half again.  Don’t aim for perfection here.  It’s nice to see the layers at the bottom of your “Christmas tree”.

Add a little glue between the layers to hold everything in place.  Now it’s time to add some bling!

craft jewels and painted dyed filters

The hooligans brushed their coffee filters with glue, and added their jewels to the tree.  I love how our one year old preferred to add her glue directly to the jewels, and place each one individually exactly where she wanted it. Manipulating these tiny jewels provides such a great fine-motor work-out for little fingers!

gluing gems on coffee filter Christmas tree ornament

When the jewels had dried in place, I punched a hole in the top of each tree, and added a silver thread for hanging.

coffee filter chirstmas tree decorationAren’t  they pretty?

coffee tree ornament made by toddler


Stay tuned!  We’ll be sharing many more easy and inexpensive Christmas crafts for kids in the days and weeks to come!

You can find all of our Christmas Crafts from past years here:

Happy Hooligans Christmas Crafts on Pinterest

on Pinterest on my Hooligans Xmas Crafts board!

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  1. Linda says

    Jackie, I think you are terrific! I love everything you make, how you present it, how thoughtful you are in putting the arts and crafts together for the kids. I tell as many young Mothers as I can about your Facebook page. Keep up the good work!

    • happyhooligans says

      Aw, thank you for your kind words, Linda, and thank you so much for spreading the word about us! I just love hearing that our crafts and activities are being enjoyed and appreciated by other moms and their children. xx

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