Coffee filter paper is light weight, very flexible and takes color well. Here is a layout using my coffee filter version of the Dahlia. This is one of my favorite pictures of my mother. To make this flower you will need the following supplies. Two flat white coffee filters, quick drying glue and Glimmer Mist. For my flower I chose the color Pink Bubblegum. To get started I got out my craft sheet and sprayed both side of each coffee filter with glimmer mist. Since I wanted the color to be as rich as possible, I saturated my two coffee filters turning them over a couple of times while I worked.
Once I was satisfied with the color I let them dry completely. I then traced petal shapes onto the coffee filters and cut them out with scissors. I left my coffee filters as they came out of the package, so I was cutting through two thicknesses, giving me two petals for each traced shape. The original instructions at holidash.com did not include a template, but I created one to share with you so that you could see the exact shape I used for my petals.
The largest petal at it's widest spot is 1 1/8 inches across. The medium petal is 1 inch wide and the small petal is just over 3/4 of an inch wide. The number of petals you will need to complete a flower can vary as the petal sizes are influenced by how much you fold them. I recommend you cut out 18 large petals, 16 medium petals and 14 small petals. You will also need to cut out the 2 inch circle in the template from cardstock. It will be your base to hold the petals.
To form the petals I placed a line of glue at the base of the petal and gently folded/rolled the edges toward the center. I held the folded petal just for a few seconds so that my quick dry glue would take hold. As you are working with the petals, try not to create a hard fold in the paper. The final flower will look more realistic if the petals have a rounded look.
I then placed the second row of petals just inside the large petals. Then I did the same thing for the final row of small petals.
The finished flower will need some embellishment in the center. I chose some cardstock stamens and a button for my pink flower. I also make a while flower. This one I didn't color with Glimmer Mist, instead I left it natural and colored the edges of each petal with distress ink. To complete the while flower I bunched some smalled punched out flowers in the center.
Here is my final layout with the white flower.
I hope you will enjoy giving this a try!