In this post I am going to show you how to dye coffee filters so that you can make fun projects using colored coffee filters. It is so easy to dye coffee filters and they come out looking great! I made this DIY coffee filter wreath using the technique that I am about to show you.

Supplies Needed:

  • Large Bowl
  • Acrylic Paint (colors of choice)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Water
  • Something to Stir With (I used a plastic knife)
  • Newspaper or Craft Paper (It can get messy)
Supplies to Dye Coffee Filters

To start, you need to fill a bowl with water. You will need about 1 quart of water per color. Then drop 5 to 10 drops of acrylic paint in the color of your choice into the water. The brighter you want to the color of the coffee filters, the more drops you will put. Stir well (I used a plastic knife to stir in the paint.)

Add a stack of coffee filters. You can add about 1/2 inch stack of coffee filters at a time. Let soak in the paint water for 5 to 10 minutes. The more vibrant you want the color, the longer you will let the filters soak in the water.

When you are ready to take your coffee filters out of the paint water, you need to squeeze out as much excess water as possible. You may even want to place between paper towels and press out any extra water.

Lay the wet coffee filters on old newspaper, parchment paper, or craft paper until you have finished dying all of your coffee filters.

Now this is the interesting part… You can leave the coffee filters laying out to dry, but this will take quite a bit of time. I have found a quick trick to dry them.

To dry the coffee filters quickly you can actually use the clothes dryer. You put the coffee filters in the dryer and dry for two minute intervals (you want to make sure that ALL of the excess paint water is squeezed out before you put them in the dryer). You need to stay close to the dryer and check every two minutes. Take any coffee filters that are dry out of the dryer and stack laying flat. Repeat this process until all of the coffee filters are dry.

How to Dye Coffee Filters - DIY Coffee Filters

There you have it, a simple way to dye coffee filters using acrylic paint. I was going for a very subtle, shabby look to make my coffee filter wreath, so I did not want bright colors, but you can make these any color you want. Just remember to add more drops of paint and keep the filters in the paint water a little longer for darker, brighter color.

How to Make a Coffee Filter Wreath Video:


Easy way to dye coffee filters for wreaths

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