Coffee Filter Tree

If you’ve every tried painting on a paper towel, and enjoyed the way the color just soaks in, then you will love this Coffee Filter Tree 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.

MATERIALS
Coffee Filters, jumbo size
Plastic embroidery canvas
Recollections card stock paper, blue
Recollections card stock paper, black
• Crayons
• Plastic plate (not pictured)
• Liquid watercolor paints. I tried the watercolor tray variety, but just couldn’t get the colors bright enough for my taste.

DIRECTIONS

Filter-Tree-SuppliesAssemble materials needed for this project.

 Filter Tree Step 11. Make lots of scribble, scrabble crayon rubbings on two coffee filters. A blotchy bunch of colors are all you need to make an interesting tree.

 Filter Tree Step 22. Place coffee filter on a plastic plate and paint. 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 33. If the filter is wrinkled after drying, run an old steam iron over it to crisp it up. Cut out tree shapes from filters, and tree trunks from black card stock paper. Don’t be afraid to have the sides of the trees go off the paper so that they can all fit. Glue all the papers down with glue stick.

 Fall Filter Collage4. Cut out additional leaves from scrap paper and glue.

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