Flowers are an easy way of bringing nature indoors, and what better way to do this than to make flowers that offer a cute and whimsical ambiance for guests and friends? Making your own Thanksgiving bouquet of flowers with coffee filters can accomplish this.
Cover your work space with newspaper to protect it from water damage that may result from your project.
Fill a small bowl with water, and gather water color paints and brush at the work area. Spread out a coffee filter on the spread-out newspaper.
Dip the paintbrush in the water, and then dab it gently on the side of the bowl. Swirl the brush into the green paint. Paint a green circle in the center of the coffee filter. Thicken or thin the paint as desired to create a bold effect or a watered-down, pastel effect.
Rinse the paintbrush in a bowl of water, dabbing it against the side again. Next, swirl it in the orange paint this time. Paint an uneven, wide ring around the green ring.
Repeat the step once more with the red paint, this time painting the remainder of the coffee filter that is not painted yet. Set the painted filter aside to dry completely.
Complete these steps to paint as many coffee filters as you would like to have flowers. Allow them to fully dry following the painting.
Cut 1 inch off a chenille stem, and set the 1-inch section aside. Push the longer piece of chenille stem through the center of a painted coffee filter, from the back side to the front. Push it far enough that approximately 2 inches of the stem is sticking out of the front side.
Gather the coffee filter upward, squeezing it around the 2-inch end of the chenille stem. Continue to hold the coffee filter gathered around the small end of the stem and pick up the small, 1-inch piece of chenille from your work space.
Twist that 1-inch piece around the gathered underside of the coffee filter to secure it tightly around the long chenille stem. Spread out the coffee filter to simulate the "petals" of your flower. Curl up the chenille stem in the center of the flower to form the flower stamen. Repeat these steps to create multiple flowers.