Last summer, we went out of town and stayed at a cottage for a weekend. It was amazing.
(If you’re wondering what on earth this has to do with coffee filter crafts, stay with me. It’s related.)
The cottage was filled with all kinds of comforts and appliances, just like you’d have at home. At home, though, we use a French press for our coffee, so I haven’t used a drip coffeemaker in years. Naturally, I assumed I’d need to bring coffee filters.
I got to the cottage and they already had coffee filters there. Awesome! But then I had 150 coffee filters and no drip coffeemaker at home to use them.
Fast forward to this past winter. We went to spend the weekend at a different cottage, which also had a coffeemaker. Naturally, I assumed that there would be coffee filters provided….there were not.
I had to run down to the local Dollar General and buy yet ANOTHER 150 pack of coffee filters. Which means that when I got home, I had nearly 300 coffee filters and no coffeemaker to use them with.
So a new crafting project series was born: Coffee Filter Crafts! Since it’s March and college basketball is a huge deal in our family, I thought we’d kick off the series with this simple coffee filter basketball craft. It even “bounces”!
Read on to see how to make this easy craft with your kids!
Coffee Filter Crafts for Kids: Coffee Filter Basketball Craft
To make this craft, you’ll need:
To start, simply flatten out the coffee filter with your hands. Then use an orange crayon to color the entire filter. I’m partial to Faber-Castell beeswax crayons, because they color so smoothly and they’re non-toxic, to boot!
Next, use a black crayon to draw the basketball lines on the filter. I kept it simple with just four lines: two intersecting mid-section lines and half-curves at the top and bottom. (If you need to see a picture of a basketball to get an idea, pick up our free basketball skip counting flashcards for inspiration.)
Now, glue the “basketball” onto a piece of colored construction paper. Place it on the right to have bouncing in from the left or on the left to have it bouncing it from the right.
A word of caution here: Do NOT use liquid glue. It will bleed through the coffee filter and discolor it. In fact, in the picture above, I’ve actually placed a second coffee filter “basketball” over the first after finding this out for myself. Always, always, always use a glue stick with coffee filter crafts. Lesson learned.
Finally, add your bouncing “lines” with a black crayon and you’re done!
This is a perfect craft for preschoolers, because it only needs a few supplies, it’s simple, and it’s done in just a few minutes!
Did you enjoy this coffee filter basketball craft? Check out these ideas while you’re here!
And grab some easy craft ideas for children on my Simple Crafts for Kids Pinterest board!