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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:25

Coffee Filter Suncatchers

Clara calls them 'Rainbows', which was how I first saw them made when I was browsing craft ideas for St. Patrick's day. We had extra coffee filters from a time we borrowed someone's coffee maker that uses different  filters than ours and so I was excited to find a way to use them up.


  • Coffee filters
  • Paint brush(es)
  • Liquid food colouring
  • Water
  • Containers - 1 for each colour
  • paper towel or tea towels to go under the filter and catch the extra water

 I used three colours - red, blue and yellow. I took the opportunity to discuss what combinations of colours made other colours. I put about 1/2 inch of water into each of 3 ramekins and added 5-10 drops of liquid food colouring into each.

Initially each child had one paint brush, but since the brushes had to be rinsed between colours I discovered that placing one or two brushes into each colour made more sense. 

 I folded the coffee filters with the intention of showing the girls how to paint red along the top, yellow in the middle and blue along the bottom to create a rainbow, but the girls were happier making blobs of colour. 

Here's one filter unfolded. 

I confess I haven't done a lot of crafts with my daughters - when I discovered that 10 minutes of preparation resulted in 2 minutes of entertainment and another 10 minutes of clean-up, I kind of gave up.  I did this with my daughter and her friend, however, and they painted for nearly an hour. I was happily shocked and I'll definitely do this again! 

I'm thinking egg-shaped filters for easter??? :)

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