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Easy Watercolor Coffee Filter Snowflakes from Intellidance

In my girls' bedroom we have large sliding glass doors that lead out onto our back deck. This is wonderful in the summer as it provides them with easy in and out access to play in our fully fenced backyard. In the winter the large windows provide lots of natural light and a view of our winter wonderland. The girls and I love to decorate these large windows with various seasonal suncatchers like our Beaded Snowflakes. A few weeks ago, Malia and I decided it was time for some new window decor and made beautiful, yet very easy, coffee filter snowflakes.

What You Need:

  • White, round coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Washable markers
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Making Coffee Filter Snowflakes

One of the great things about using coffee filters to make snowflakes is that they are already circles! No more tracing and cutting out circles (that are never quite right). The other grear thing about coffee filters is that they act very much like watercolor paper, as they are designed to get wet, yet dry quickly. We bought a very large package at the dollar store, making it very budget friendly substitute for watercolor paper. 

To get started we colored our coffee filters with washable markers (we used Crayola brand). We tried to cover as much of the coffee filter as possible with a variety of colors.

Next came Malia's favourite part, spraying the coffee filters with water. We sprayed the coffee filters until they were quite saturated with water and the colors bleed and mixed together. Malia would have been happily spray the colorful coffee filters for hours. Something for me to remember for summer afternoon outdoor activity.

When you are finished spraying you will need to let your coffee filters dry. We hung ours up using clothing pins and string. If you hang yours up to dry I recommend putting an old towel underneath to catch any colorful drips.

It took our coffee filters about 15 minutes to dry. If you are not patient enough to wait you could also use a blow dryer to cut your drying time down to less than a minute. 

Once our coffee filters were dry they looked like this:

Now we were ready to turn our colorful coffee filters into snowflakes. We folded the coffee filter in half three or four times. This left us with a very narrow "piece of pie" shape. From here cut different shapes out along each side. Unfold to discover what design your cuts created!

If your little one is still developing their scissor skills, like Malia (age 4), it may prove too difficult for them to hold the folded coffee filter and cut. To prevent feelings of frustration help your child by securly holding the coffee filter while they do the cutting, like I did with Malia.

Malia and I loved how our snowflakes turned out! Just like real snowflakes each of our coffee filter snowflakes turned out unique and beautiful. The watercolors add a nice pop of color to our winter windows. Malia spent the hour after we finished playing with her dolls under the window in her "fairy snowstorm".

Originally posted on the Intellidance Blog. Intellidance™ is a unique series of creative dance programs created to foster critical development in children ages 0-5. Research shows that dance and music activities offered in a loving, safe, multi-sensory environment enhance life long learning and neural development. Created by Jessica Baudin-Griffin (B.Ed). Jessica is a movement educator from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with over 10 years of dance education experience. After receiving her degree in Special Education and working in early intervention and youth intervention education programs for local school boards and government agencies, Jessica decided to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time movement educator after the birth of her first daughter in 2006. Focusing on community based, inclusive programming for young families at her dance studio, J'Adore Dance, she has created more than a dozen original dance programs. During this time she continued to study the critical connection between movement and development in children during the first five years of life. When her second daughter was born in 2008, she launched the Intellidance™ programs.

Thousands of families in the greater Edmonton area have participated in Jessica's award winning Intellidance™ classes, which combine movement, music, and play to support early development and the caregiver-child connection. She is a sought after presenter in conceptual dance education and contributor to local family focused publications on child development, parenting, and creativity. Jessica has witnessed the joy the Intellidance™ programs bring the families at her studio and is thrilled to take the programs to communities world wide!

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