Tie Dye Kids Craft: Coffee Filters

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This tie dye kids craft is easy to do and inexpensive as well.   You could even incorporate this craft into a family home evening!

Tie Dye Kids Craft: Coffee Filters

I love this easy craft because it is low cost and simple.  This also makes good practice if you would like to tie dye other projects!

How To Tie Dye Coffee Filters

Gathering Ingredients

Here are the tools you will need to get this craft started.

food coloring

straws or droppers

an ice cube tray

coffee filters


Most of the ingredients were already in my home.  Because we don’t drink coffee in my house I had everything except  coffee filters.  We also didn’t have an ice cube tray.  To make this a free project I got some coffee filters from a friend and they also gave me an ice cube tray.  You also may be able to find an ice cube tray at the dollar store as well as some of the other ingredients.

Tie Dying the Coffee Filters

First of all put a little bit of water in the ice cube tray.  After that you will put a few drops of food coloring in each ice cube spot.  Stir the water/food coloring mixture.  Then take out the coffee filters and straws or droppers and flatten the coffee filters.  After that dip the straw or dropper into the food coloring.  Once you have the food coloring mixture in the straw or dropper slowly let out the food coloring mixture onto a flat coffee filter.

The trick to using a straw is to dip the straw into the mixture and place a finger at the top of the straw so that the mixture remains in the straw until you release your finger and it falls onto the coffee filter.  Droppers may be easier for younger hands.

Although this is a messy project it is fun and really easy to do!  One idea for this craft is to have it as a family home evening activity!   After the lesson you could do this simple craft then have treats!  Your kids will love it!

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