Summer is the perfect time to try new crafts, especially on rainy afternoons. If you are in search of an easy and entertaining craft that results in a cute 4th of July decoration this is your project. I expected my girls to decorate maybe 10 coffee filters before moving on, but nearly two hours later we decorated more than 50 filters. And my six year old would have kept going if wasn’t time for dinner.
So what did we make?
4th of July Coffee Filter Fireworks Pom Poms
And easy enough my toddler loved joining in the fun.
- Coffee Filters
- Food Coloring / Markers / Water Colors
- Paper / Plastic Straw
There are many ways to paint coffee filters. We started with food coloring in water. It worked great, and was perfect for Sissy. She loved painting (soaking) the coffee filters. But the colors were a bit more subdued than I wanted. (Hint if you go this route, mix the food coloring with just a little water.)
Then I remembered the dried up markers I had been saving for a science experiment on wicking. (Because yes, I am that mom who saves completely dried out markers — I save everything!) Using a pair of pliers, I removed the inner core of the markers and added it to the colored water. The result was much more vibrant and exactly what I was looking for. Not to mention that K was fascinated by the dissected marker!
Whatever you do, prepare for a mess. We decorated our coffee filters outside on a glass table, so everything wiped down cleanly. Anywhere else, I would lay down a thick layer of newspapers.
In addition to paint brushes, we also used baby syringes to squirt the dye and dipped the filters into the water. We tried many different methods, K loved to watch the colors bleed and change. It was very cool.
Fluff the fringed filters and you have hand-held fireworks.
All of this talk of coffee brings up an important question, “How do you take your coffee?”
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