Red, White, and Blue Coffee Filter Stars

Earlier this year, we made coffee filter hearts and coffee filter eggs. They each only took a few minutes to make, the technique was a lot of fun, and they looked great in our window!

For Independence Day {the last one we’ll be spending in the US}, we decided to make some Red, White, and Blue Coffee Filter Stars. We used a different technique than with the eggs and hearts, but the stars were still done within minutes, and we loved how vibrant the colors turned out!

(E was 4 years and 7 months old.)

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Materials for Red, White, and Blue Coffee Filter Stars

I used the star template I linked above to cut out several coffee filter stars at once. The template fit my white circular coffee filters, but you could definitely just freehand your stars.

E poured red and blue liquid watercolors into applesauce cups, placed the white stars on a cookie sheet, and started painting with her paintbrush.

Crafts for Kids: Red, white, and blue coffee filter stars only take minutes to make, and they make great patriotic decorations! (Free template included!)

She wasn’t too much into the idea of leaving some areas white – here she was pointing out that she DID leave some white 🙂

Crafts for Kids: Red, white, and blue coffee filter stars only take minutes to make, and they make great patriotic decorations! (Free template included!)

The coffee filters absorb the colors and make them spread, but interestingly, there was pretty much no mixing of the blue and red. I had wondered if everything was going to turn purple before E started painting and was surprised that the color scheme worked out so well without taking any extra precautions.

Crafts for Kids: Red, white, and blue coffee filter stars only take minutes to make, and they make great patriotic decorations! (Free template included!)

When we’d made coffee filter decorations before, we had let them dry on paper towels. However, I’ve recently read in this leaf suncatcher post from Fun at Home with Kids that the colors are more vibrant if you let your coffee filters dry on a non-absorbing surface. So this time, we just let them dry right on the cookie sheet.

They didn’t take long to dry at all, and we were able to hang them in our window with sticky tape within about 20 minutes.

No doubt – the colors were very vibrant! {This may also have to do with using liquid watercolors rather than markers, of course.}

Crafts for Kids: Red, white, and blue coffee filter stars only take minutes to make, and they make great patriotic decorations! (Free template included!)

Have you made decorations for the 4th of July? What’s your favorite coffee filter craft? Leave a comment below!

Here are some more activities for the 4th of July (or other patriotic holidays):

4th of July Grid Game

Red, White, and Blue Mini Sensory Bag

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

Red, White, and Blue Water Sensory Bin


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