Coffee Filter Tree Collage

If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this project. Turns out that coffee filters create the same effect, but as a bonus, are great for crayon rubbing too. Put that together with some liquid watercolor paint and you have all the makings of a beautiful fall collage.


SUPPLIES: Coffee filters, plastic embroidery canvas found at JoAnns, card stock paper found at Michaels, crayons, paper plate (not pictured) and liquid watercolor paints. I tried the watercolor tray variety, but just couldn’t get the colors bright enough for my taste.

 Filter Tree Step 1

1. Make lots of scribble, scrabble crayon rubbings. A blotchy bunch of colors are all you need to make an interesting tree.


 Filter Tree Step 2

2. Place coffee filter on a paper plate and paint. (It’s best to avoid coated paper plates as they seem to stick to the filters a bit.) Have fun experimenting with overlapping shapes and adding dots for possible flowers. Paint at least two filters and let dry on your plate.


Filter Tree Step 3

3. If the filter is wrinkled after drying, run an old steam iron over it to crisp it up. Cut out cloud shape tops, and black cardstock trunks. Don’t be afraid to have the sides of the trees go off the paper so that they can all fit. Glue all down with glue stick.


 Fall Filter Collage

4. Cut out additional leaves from scrap paper and glue.

Approximate supply cost:
• Cardstock paper, assorted blue, 50 sheets, $5
• Cardstock paper, black 50 sheets, $5
• Coffee filters, 200, $4
• Liquid Watercolor paint, four 8oz. bottles, $15
• Plastic 9″ embroidery canvas, less than $1 each online

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