How To Dye Coffee Filters With Food Coloring

by Meegan on October 20, 2012

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.  Here we go:

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!!

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!  Until then, have a stupendous Saturday!!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina from A Few Pretty Things October 23, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Great tip! The result is so romantic!


Meegan October 31, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Thanks Tina!!! You are so sweet!!


Christine October 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Absolutely STUNNING!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
I can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!


Meegan October 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM

OH WOW!! Thanks so MUCH Christine!! I am honored and so excited!! YOU ROCK!


Kristi October 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Such a great tutorial, thanks.


Meegan October 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Thanks Kristi!! I love your compliments!


Christine October 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

CONGRATS!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. October 30, 2012 at 1:27 AM

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 October 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

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 :)


Rita April 3, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Great tip! Thanks for sharing. I love creating with coffee filters, now I can make any color that I want!


Kim @ Colors Mixed Together August 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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!


kathy sperling September 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

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 !


Meegan September 24, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Thanks so much Kathy! I hope you visit here often!! xoxoxo


Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint September 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM

That blue is really pretty and would make a gorgeous wreath. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.



Meegan September 24, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Thank you Denyse! They are so easy and fun to use.


Tami September 26, 2013 at 4:53 AM

Put them in the dryer – all dry in 15 min.


Meegan September 27, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Do they keep the folds? That is what I like about drying them on the cookie sheets. Thanks for the tip Tami.


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