Oct 12

Tie-dye leaves using coffee filters

I saw this art project on another early childhood blog and had to try it in my class. This is a very neat concept and a different art technique.

Use regular white coffee filters. Cut out fall leaf shapes. Allow students use markers to color on the coffee filter leaf shapes. The students can do any colors and designs they want. The more color on the coffee filters the better and brighter the tie-dye will turn out.

When students are finished coloring on the leaf shapes, use a spray bottle to spritz water on them.


  1. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    What a great idea for fall! Can you believe we have never done this coffee filter activity! I tried once and realized we had the wrong kind of filter 🙁 We’ll definitely need to go for it again. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Brenna Phillips

    This is an awesome idea for fall. Just remember: put a papertowel or tablecloth underneath the coffee filter leaves; it leaks through.

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