Earlier this week I blogged about my re-blooming orchids and my recent visit to the U.S. botanic garden. That post, while about one of my favorite types of flowers, admittedly related to neither cooking nor crafts. After writing that post I started thinking about whether there were any orchid related projects that I could do (after all this is a craft and cooking blog) and came up with these coffee filter orchids.
Here is a side by side comparison of one of my real orchids (L) and a coffee filter one (R):
I think that these orchids would be nice on a gift in place of a bow, or incorporated into a boutonniere or a bouquet of coffee filter roses.
One of my orchids (not shown in the earlier post) is dropping its flowers. I wanted my coffee filter orchids to look as real as possible so I dissected one of these dropped flowers to make a template.
I then traced each piece of the orchid onto a piece of paper. I then cut out each piece to use as a template. (If I were to do this again I’d make the template out of a light weight cardboard — like that from a cereal box — to make it a bit more sturdy.). I then placed each piece of the template on top of a coffee filter and cut around it to make the parts of the petal. I painted the petals with watercolor paints. (I painted petals “A”, “B”, and”C” with white watercolor paint mixed with a little watercolor iridescent medium.)
Finally, to give the flowers a little sparkle I poked a rhinestone brad through the center of each and glued bronze glass microbeads around the brads.
- Coffee Filter Orchid Template
- White coffee filters (4-5 to make 5 flowers)
- Watercolor paints and brush
- Watercolor iridescent medium
- Craft glue
- Rhinestone brads
- Glass beads (bronze)