Coffee Filter Orchids

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.

Coffee Filter Roses and Orchids

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.)

When the petals were dry, I glued them together.  First, I glued petal “A” to petal “C”.  (The letters refer to the letters on my template, provided at a link below.)

Then I glued two “B” petals on top of “A”/”C”.

I then glued the top of petal “D” to the other petals. Finally, I glued the bottom of “E” to “D.”
I gently bent the flower petals to give them a more realistic shape and curled the ends of petal “D.”

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.

To make these coffee filter orchids, I used the following:

  • Coffee Filter Orchid Template
  • Scissors
  • White coffee filters (4-5 to make 5 flowers)
  • Watercolor paints and brush
  • Watercolor iridescent medium
  • Craft glue
  • Rhinestone brads
  • Glass beads (bronze)
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Coffee Filter Orchids — 21 Comments

  1. WOW! You are so talented! Those really look like real orchids!!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! ( )

  2. What? These are coffee filters? Seriously? I looked very closely and they don’t look like any coffee filter flowers I’ve seen around the blogs. They are exquisite! Best wishes, Linda

    • Wow that’s great! I’m hoping mine adjust well after my move. I think the movers didn’t realize one was a real plant so they wrapped it in paper and stuck it in a box. By the time I realized what had happened it had been in a box for a couple of days and was not happy.

  3. I never would have guessed these were coffee filters. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m visiting via Craftionary’s Friday Fun party. Thanks for sharing.

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