If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for kids, you’ll love this Coffee Filter Easter Wreath! It’s simple to make, the supply list is very simple, and toddlers and preschoolers will LOVE the creative process!
Hooray for spring! Winter is slowly coming to an end, and we’ve been busy making lots of spring crafts! We’ve recently discovered the joys of crafting with coffee filters, so last week my toddlers and preschoolers made coffee filter flowers, and this week we made these Easter wreaths.
They’re so versatile, and the hooligans LOVE the process we use to colour them! If you don’t have coffee filters, you could use tissue paper, or you could make these pretty paper napkin Spring wreaths from Living Locurto!
You may also like our coffee filter daffodils and coffee filter poppies.
To make a coffee filter Easter wreath, you’ll need:
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- paper plate
- 6 or 7 coffee filters
- Liquid Watercolor Paint and/or food colouring
- paint pallet (think Easter colours)
- ice cube tray
- paintbrushes or droppers/pipettes
- baking rack (to dry your filters on)
- plastic table cloth (to protect your work surface)
- scissors or hole punch
- ribbon for hanging
Paint your paper plate wreath:
I cut the centres out of some paper plates, and the girls started by painting those in spring colours.
How to dye coffee filters for your Easter Wreath:
You have a few options:
- liquid water colours ( see how we make our own, using dried up markers)
- food colouring and water
- markers and water
For our today’s wreaths, we’re using McCormick’s Neon Food Color. These colours are great for spring craft projects. I put a bit of water in each section of an ice-cube tray and added a few drops of colour to each section.
Paintbrushes or pipettes?
Pipettes (or droppers) are great for developing fine-motor and co-ordination, but they’re tricky for young toddlers to get the hang of, so I provided paintbrushes as well. As I suspected, the youngest hooligan wanted to use a paintbrush, and the oldest chose the pipettes.
This part of the process is so fun. Kids love the creative process, and they’ll learn about colour mixing and water absorption.
The girls worked away until they’d coloured 6 or 7 coffee filters each, and then we put everything by the fire to dry. You can speed up the process with a hair dryer.
Aren’t they pretty?
Attaching the coffee filters to the paper plate wreath:
To attach the coffee filters, I made several holes in the paper plate. This would be where we’d insert the coffee filters. There are a couple of ways you can make the holes. You can make your holes by snipping several small X’s around your plate, or you can use a paper punch. I preferred the paper punch method. I punched 4 over-lapping holes to make one “big” hole. And when I say big, I mean about the size of my baby finger-tip.
The girls gave the coffee filters a twist and a scrunch, and then tucked them into the holes. You can see the tip of one poking through the plate here.
We fluffed everything up a bit, and added a ribbon for hanging. What do you think? Aren’t they lovely?
A pretty coffee filter wreath to hang on your door or in a window for Easter or spring!
For more easy Easter crafts for toddlers and preschoolers check out this post: 10 Easy Easter Crafts for Kids!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
So pretty! I’ve made coffee filter wreaths before with styrofoam wreaths. Easy and cute!
Once I learned to dye the filters, I went on to make styrofoam shaped Christmas trees. I cut the coffe filters in half and used a crochet needle (or anything really) to push the filters into the foam. I cut larger pieces for the bottom and smaller for the tops! I then applied a wee bit of glue on the ends of the filter and sprinkled gold glitter! Maybe you could try those at Christmas time! Really pretty table decorations!
You know I love your ideas and maybe even got mine from you! Although all my ‘hooligans’ are grown, I love arts and crafts. My daughter teaches pre-K 4 and they have a lot of neat ideas, also!
We did styro ornaments and coffee filter ornaments, but not together, Marie! What a creative idea!
I have to make these with the daycare! These are just beautiful!!
Definitely going to try with my kids!
probably we could use left over colors used for dying easter eggs for this! 🙂
I absolutely adore this. I hope to include it in an Easter round up I’m doing. Great work Jackie!
My preschool class is.doing a “colors.of spring” theme. This will be perfect.
Leave the filters together in bunches instead and using spare Easter egg dye, folded and dipped center and edges of filters in the various colors of dye for a tie dye effect. The kids loved watching the filter suck up the colors and blend naturally to make different hues. Once all parts of the filter were colored, they thought it was so cool when they were pulled apart and had “copied” the design onto multiple filters at once. We did this in the evening so when done, we just spread out the filters to dry overnight! Then we finished up the project the next morning. PS I used a plastic dollar store table cloth to cover the table top.
Fab! Can’t wait to try this with my grandson xx
Glad you liked it, Sandie!