(Closed) DIY centerpieces… coffee filter roses

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1456 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think they are really beautiful.  I can’t really think of another method for dyeing them besides food coloring though… maybe try fabric dye from the craft store? it might be richer and darker than a bajillion drops of red from those little food coloring bottles.

Post # 4
25 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I saw coffee filter roses as the subject, I was a little nervous, but those look really nice and the vase is super cute!

Post # 5
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m kind of dissappointed that you aren’t just keeping one red/pink rose! I thought it looks very artsy & mod! 🙂

Post # 8
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Fabric dye would probably be your best bet. I imagine you’d have to have a very very strong solution to get them red. Maybe even add in some black if you want to get them a deep red.

The pink are awesome though. You’ve inspired me to learn how to do them (now I’ll just have to find a place for them).

Post # 9
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did a similar project dying porous paper.  Pour 1/4 inch of water into a wide shallow dish, add several drops of food coloring, and stick the coffee filter upside down in it so just the edges are under water.  The water will seep up the sides.  You could probably pull the filter out when the color reaches half way, to give it that ringed-edge look.  Dry them hanging upside down draped over a tall glass, so the wet edges aren’t touching anything.  For burgundy flowers, you’ll want to add a lot of coloring to the water.  Good luck!  I’m sure this is going to be a fun project!

Post # 10
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Those honestly look real!! Where did you learn to make these? I would love to make some just to have!! Way cute idea, I also love your vase!!

Post # 11
897 posts
Busy bee

This may take a while, but you could try coloring them by hand with a marker or sharpie, then putting them briefly in water to smooth out the color

Post # 12
1738 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i love the flower. i saw the tutorial and love the idea but for me is to complicated!  you did soo good

Post # 13
2 posts


I love these roses! A friend is getting married in May and we’re working on these to use as centerpieces. Her wedding colors are red and white. I wouldn’t use food dye. Acrylic paint is best. I’m using “Anita’s Acrylic Craft Paint”. They have a variety of colors:


Just add a bit of water and you’re good to go. I don’t have the specific amount of water to paint, but I do know that if you add 50% or more of water, the paint doesn’t “bond.” You can try 3 parts paint to 1 part water, but it really depends on the color you’re trying to get.

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used watered down acrylic paint.  They turned out well.  Just use more water if you want the color lighter.  It worked better than the food coloring and wine and koolaid  I tried.

Post # 15
1100 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@bb1975:  Yes, acrylic paint works well. Get the higher quality (in tubes) rather than the small bottle craft type.  Higher quality has more pigment, less water.  You can then add the water to control the color.

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