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22 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

May 15, 2013

Photos are not taken by Teen Toddler Newborn. They are property of the blogs who contributed to this post.

Recently I was cleaning out the pantry and found an almost new package of coffee filters (basket style)! We have since bought a new coffee maker that requires a different kind of filter (cone). I don’t want to waste them so I searched out some ideas on what to do with them. Thanks to the bloggers who offered ideas as well as some awesome Facebook fans here is what we came up with:

Crafty things to do with Coffee Filters:

  • A wreath from The Worley House
  • A Heart Garland from See Vanessa Craft (can be adapted based on season)
  • Use straws or droppers to dot diluted food coloring on the filters. Air dry. Take a clothes pin and scrunch filter in half. Use a black marker to draw eyes and mouth on your butterflies!
  • Butterfly magnet clips from Mom Endeavors
  • let the toddlers color on them with markers, spray them with water and cut them into shapes for the season. When they’re dry, hang them on a window.
  • Make snowflakes in winter
  • Beautiful and realistic roses from Emmalee Design 
  • A fun Cinco de Mayo decoration that can be adapted to any color scheme from A to Zebra Celebrations.
  • Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

Household Tips:

  • Taco holders!
  • Compost them!
  • Strain cooking grease and catch the bits you want to keep
  • Strain Yogurt
  • Cover food in the microwave preventing splatters!
  • Use instead of paper towels on windows, streak free and lint free!
  • When using various small parts for a project, separate them into coffee filters to keep them from rolling away
  • Add a tablespoon or so of Baking Soda and tie with twine for an odor absorbent in the trash can, fridge, shoes, closet, etc.
  • Put a coffee filter in the bottom of a potted plant to keep dirt from falling out. (In the pot, before the dirt)
  • A coffee filter will work well to de-silk an ear of corn. Dampen a filter and wipe it in one stroke from the top to the bottom of the shucked ear of corn.
  • To sprout seeds, dampen a coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag.
  • Wrap cut celery stalks in a coffee filter before putting them in a plastic bag to store in the refrigerator. The coffee filter will help absorb any moisture, and keeps the celery crisp longer.
  • Wrap Christmas ornaments for storage
5 Comments leave one →
  1. mommart permalink
    May 15, 2013 3:01 pm

    This is great! We made window art using coffee filters and the kids loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. May 15, 2013 3:20 pm

    great round up, thanks for including mine! 🙂

  3. May 15, 2013 4:51 pm

    What a fun roundup! And…affordable. My favorite!

  4. May 15, 2013 7:40 pm

    Such great ideas I love the butterflies!

  5. May 17, 2013 4:21 pm

    Great tips – have pinned this, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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