Tutorial: Making Coffee Filter Ranunculus/Garden Roses?

I never really did decide what type of flower this most closely resembled, but whatever, they’re purdy.  Last post, I talked about how I reached this design. Now, I’ll tell you how you can make them too.

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Supplies:

  • coffee filters (I used #4 white cones, though you can probably do it with the round ones too.)
  • flower template
  • acrylic paint
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks (I recommend the minis.)
  • stem (I used silver pearl head pins), but I’m not sure that’s the best solution. I recommend using floral wire or paddle wire, which will make your lives easier for putting into bouquets later. The head pins might be more useful for things like pomanders.)

Optional:

  • gloves (if you hate getting your hands dirty)
  • oven (w/ warm mode)

Procedure:

1.) Prepare the template. I downloaded the PDF from the website above. Though it’s not obvious, there are seven different sized petals. I used two of each sized petal for my flowers. For some of the flowers I made up to size-five petals, and for some I made up to the size-six petals (to give variation in sizes). I didn’t use the size sevens because I thought it got way too big.

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I cut the templates out of a shipping envelope, but a cereal box works as well. A stiffer template means you’re less likely to mess up the template when you’re tracing it out.

2.) Trace out shape and cut. If you put together the smaller petals with the larger ones, you can fit more than one kind of petal on a coffee filter. I think I used four filters (one and four, two and three, and five and six by themselves). I put seven or eight coffee filters together for cutting. I kept them together with binder clips and cut out the overall shape before cutting out the individual petals. This will save you so much time.

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3.) Dye the filters. I used a water and acrylic paint mixture. I bought the cheapest acrylic paint I could find in the correct color (two-ounce containers) and then diluted it a lot with water. Remember, the paint dries a lot lighter than you think it will, but you really don’t need much paint. I did approximately two to three tablespoons of paint in a cup of water. I just dumped the petals into the paint/water mixture and squeezed as much of the water out as possible.

Then I spread them on a foil-wrapped cookie sheet in my oven to dry. I had my oven on warm mode, but I’ve also done it at 200 degrees F as well. Depending on how tight you pack the flowers, and how often you flip them around, I would say it takes about 10–30 minutes for them to dry in the oven. (As always, if you’re using the oven with paper, you should keep an eye on it.)

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4.) Organize the petals in order of attachment. Until now, I had all of the petals organized by number groups. Thus, before assembling the flowers, I had to reorganize the petals into individual flowers. I just put them in order from one to six, put two petals from each group into another group, and clipped them together with binder clips.

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5.) Crumple the petals to give them more of a natural feeling.

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6.) Glue the first petal on. For this flower, I used paddle wire with a bead at the end (to prevent the whole stem from coming out). I punched the wire through the middle of the petal and glued it in place. Then, I started gluing a petal to the petal next to it. See where I put the glue? By putting the glue on the side of the petal, you can create a tighter bud.

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Once you’ve gone all the way around, roll one side all the way in and glue it together. This will create a tight bud for you to create the rest of the flower around.

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7.) Glue more tight petals on. I continued to glue more of the petals on like this. I usually did the first four to six petals (numbers one through three) this way to get a tight bud in the middle.

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8.) Glue the looser petals on. Note how the glue is now in the middle of the petal instead of on the side. This will help create a more open bloom effect.

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9.) Make a million more of them. I highly recommend that you do each step in batches. Because I was making approximately 200 flowers of three different colors, I did them in six batches of 30-ish flowers each. More than that, and I got sick of each step. I made these flowers over a six-month period.

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A million more. I’m not sure why the peach ones are photographing so orangey, though.

Anyone else thinking of making paper flowers? Did you have a good way of adding stems onto them? How did you store them?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Panda

Location:
Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:35 am

    thank you for the DIY! These instructions are simple to follow and your flowers are gorgeous!

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    kmarie719 795 posts, Busy bee @ 8:46 am

    What a get tutorial, thank you so much!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:46 am

    Prettyiful!

    I can’t wait to see how these turn out in your wedding pics Miss P! I think they are going to be a huge hit.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:06 am

    They’re gorgeous!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:44 am

    Great tutorial and great job on the flowers. They look so great.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:42 pm

    Great tutorial, they look amazing!

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    mzjynxie 776 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    Glad you were please with your efforts! :)

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 pm

    I think I would highly consider doing this myself!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:47 pm

    thank you everyone! If anyone actually tries to follow my instructions, please let me know if the directions aren’t clear. I’ll try to clarify it!

    @ChicagoDreamer: I’d love to see them if you actually do it!

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    michiru4ever 2296 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:52 am

    I will have to try this!

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    Rrabbetsgirl 369 posts, Helper bee @ 3:42 pm

    You’re supposed to do the stems at the beginning, it acts as the center and you wrap the paper around it. I have no idea how you’d add stems later and have them be stable and stay.

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:41 pm

    @Rrabbetsgirl: yeah, it is been kind of a challenge, I think my hot glue gun has worked pretty well so far. The big challenge is that short stems are useful for some things like poms. I guess you really should just try to take into account how you plan on using them before you do it

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    Rrabbetsgirl 369 posts, Helper bee @ 12:30 pm

    Agreed. I a making coffee filter roses for my wedding next year and I had to buy flower wire to make them on so they will be able to stand in vases and such. The directions I have are for wrapped around the stem so its good and secure

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    abirdword 4494 posts, Honey bee @ 10:10 pm

    great tutorial!

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    dli 212 posts, Helper bee @ 11:46 am

    i actually buy wire from home depot! it’s a ton cheaper than craft stores and comes in a big roll. the gauge is thicker than the normal floral wire too so it holds the flower up (I think 14 vs 18 gauge. i will usually loop one end of the wire poke the other end through the middle of the flower and elmers glue it to the looped end, repeat w/ each additional pedal. Here’s a link to my flowers:

    http://beautiful-dissaster.blogspot.com/2012/04/coffee-filter-flowers.html

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    nativedesires 4374 posts, Honey bee @ 3:40 pm

    I made something similar to my wedding and I stored them on the stem in vases we were using for the wedding. The coffee filter flowers were part of my centrepiece

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:58 am

    sorry for the late response, this got buried in my inbox.

    @Rrabbetsgirl: I’m going to try it soon. I’ll keep you posted.

    @abirdword: thanks :)

    @dli: That sounds like a great idea. I need to make a trip to the hardware store asap. also your flowers are gorgeous. I wouldn’t have guessed they were coffee filter flowers (and I’ve seen a lot of coffee filter flowers in my day)

    @nativedesires: I’d love to see it.

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    mrspriddy 68 posts, Worker bee @ 5:14 am

    These are beautiful! Absolutely love them.

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    faitherfordandtom 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:24 pm

    Thank you thank you! You make this look SOO much easier than most of the tutorials I’ve found!

    I love them!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:44 pm

    @faitherfordandtom: thank you for the message! let me know if I can be of help!

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    dli 212 posts, Helper bee @ 11:27 am

    @Miss Panda: you know i just saw your inspiration photo for your coffee filter flowers! I actually made up one too for a similar flower, basically i modeled it after a garden rose! i’ll have to post pics. i’m using coffee filter flowers for my wedding, but im doing a mix of flowers of mostly my own creation, i get bored making the same thing over and over again. i never made a tutorial though since there’s so many out there already!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:37 am

    @dli: That sounds really awesome! I love garden roses! but there really aren’t many good tutorials for making coffee filter garden roses. I’d love to see what you created!

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    dli 212 posts, Helper bee @ 8:18 am

    @Miss Panda:

    I finally posted pics!! http://beautiful-dissaster.blogspot.com/2013/05/floral-fridays.html

    i actually just created a peony too that looks pretty good but haven’t had time to photograph it yet.

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 pm

    @dli: I’m so glad you posted a link! It looks absolutely beautiful!

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    MaryRachel 307 posts, Helper bee @ 1:18 pm

    These are amazing…I have been toying with the idea of making my own flowers. I have a bunch of high school students who are super excited to help me get ready for my wedding, and I think we might take it on…

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:30 pm

    @MaryRachel: if you do take them on, let me know if you need any help! it’s great to have a group of helpful assistants! I know I wish I did!

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    iloverocks 1311 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:44 am

    Nice!

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