How To Dye Coffee Filters With Food Coloring

I have been working a a project for our son’s wedding for about 5 weeks.  It involves coffee filters, water, and food coloring.  It is so simple and easy.  I thought you might like to see the process for your own use.  How To Dye Coffee Filters With Food Coloring …

How to Dye Coffee Filters

Step One: You will need coffee filters (approximately how many you will need for your project), a large bowl, water, cookie sheets and/or wax paper and food coloring.

Step Two:  Add the desired about of food coloring to your water.  The less water you start with the darker your filters will be.  Stir the coloring and water together.  Using just 2 or 3 filters test the color to see if it is the color you want.

Step Three: Using just 2 or 3 filters test the color to see if it is the color you want. If  they are too dark, add more water.  Too light, add more food coloring.

Step Four:  Dip each filter in just about an inch in the water.  The coloring will  “bleed” up the filter from there.  If they are heavy duty filters like from Smart and Final, you can “color” about 7 filters at a time.  If they are cheaper filters like from The Dollar Tree, you can do about 10 at a time.

Step Five: Set your “colored” filters on a cookie sheet and/or wax paper.  I placed mine on a cookie sheet so I could put them somewhere else, other than the kitchen.   You can see that the blue “bled” higher in these.  Sometimes that happens.  Just know that it WILL happen.

It will take 21-26 hours for your filters to dry, if they are heavy duty.  The lighter ones take about 12-15 hours to dry.

Here are just a few I have done.   This give you a good idea of how they will turn out when they are dry.

How To Dye Coffee Filters With Food Coloring

Once they are dry, you can use them for any project, such as a Coffee Filter Wreath

Paper Flowers

 OR if you are like me-use them for wedding decor!!

So now you know How To Dye Coffee Filters With Food Coloring .


I hope you will give it a try.  The only thing that limits you is your own creativity.  Mix up some colors and have a good time creating something beautiful for your home, Thanksgiving, or Christmas!!  I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

Once the wedding is over in 2 weeks, I will share pictures of what we decided on for our blue and green coffee filters!!  I am SO excited to share them with you!

Coffee Filter Ceiling at a Reception


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  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    They are so pretty and ruffly! How are you going to use them for the wedding? I made a coffee filter wreath and it took forever. But I think it’s pretty darn cute!

    • Meegan says

      I can’t wait to share a post about the coffee filters!! It is going to look amazing!! The wreaths DO take forever!! Pretty fun, though :)

  2. says

    Hi Meegan, I’m visiting from our Haven at Home tour. I still keep calling it that! I just love all the ideas you picked out and I need to try one of these wreaths. Thanks for the inspiration today. I can’t wait to read more!

  3. kathy sperling says

    Hi Meegan I just noticed your blog on line . What an idea about what to do with the coffee filters ! Who knew ! Your ideas are fantastic ! Thank you ! Waiting to see what your next idea will bring !


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