DIY poppy art

by Bar

Poppy Flowers Summer DIY Craft Painting Project for Kids with Coffee Filters

It’s hard to believe what you can make with coffee filters! This is a very fun and easy project with beautiful, fail-proof results. Make this eye-popping Merimekko inspired pattern and frame it for your wall. Kids and grownups both will love painting on coffee filters. Serisously, it is mesmerizing. The paint gets soaked up and it’s just so cool to watch the colors blend.


~ Coffee filters – 8″. I ironed mine flat. Make sure you use low heat and cover the filters with a cloth. Please don’t burn your house down.

~ Liquid watercolors, brushes, glass of water, damp sponge.

~ Printout of poppy photographs to observe while painting.

~ Paper towel. Bounty is the most absorbent. Put this under the filters to soak up some of the paint.

~ A large piece of paper or poster board. I used toned gray paper, 18” x 24”.

~ Rubber cement.

How to:

There’s really not much to this. Paint your poppies. Let them dry. Cut them out, leaving a small white border. Arrange them on your paper, making sure to have some hanging off the edge to give the appearance of a repeat pattern. Use rubber cement to glue them down. I like to put the rubber cement on both the poppy and the paper. I let both dry, then I put one on top of the other. This is actually the best way to use rubber cement. It will never come off. When you’ve finished gluing them down, trim the edges. Now you are finished!

Next we are going to try mums and ranunculus. I see endless floral possibilities!

xo Bar

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carla July 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

This is brilliant! My little one might be too little, but there’s nothing stopping me from giving it a go!


2 Bar July 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

yes! i had so much fun doing these when my kids were done, i couldn’t stop myself. have fun with it…thanks carla :)


3 Maria del Rocio July 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

I’ll try it today with my 4 daughters, we will frame it and give it to may sister in law to thanks her for her hospitality at San Diego. Thanks for the idea is great!!!


4 Bar July 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

oh wow, i love to hear that you are making this! i hope it went well and that your sister-in-law feels your gratitude…what a nice gift! xo bar


5 meri cherry July 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

So beautiful and inspiring. Oh, the possibilities…


6 Bar July 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

thanks meri :)


7 Kat Juel-Guy July 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

I plan on doing this today to hang in my living room. I have an empty space over my couch and this would add a beautiful pop of color. Thanks for the fabulous idea!!!


8 Bar July 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

yay! this is great news…i am so happy that you will make this for yourself. way to go, kat…you will have so much fun and it will be beautiful. xo bar


9 Kat Juel-Guy July 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I finished my project and it is hanging above my couch as we speak. It turned out alright….not as pretty as yours…but its uniquely mine. I sprinkled a little glitter on it to make it sparkle. Can’t wait till the Hubby gets home and sees it.
Thanks again for the great idea.


10 Bar July 30, 2013 at 6:49 am

you are amazing…I love that you did it. send me a photo if you can… thank you!! xo bar


11 jessica August 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

these are grogeous! i need to make them…if only everything i owned wasn’t in a box right now…gonna try this soon, thank you!


12 Bar August 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

thanks jessica! sounds like you are in the middle of a move? i am there myself, can’t find anything these days. but when you do find your supplies, this project really is such fun with beautiful results. thanks for stopping by! xo bar


13 Christina September 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I did this with my first grader today as an art project to go along with our study of WW1 (we homeschool). It was wonderful and fun and now we also have a piece of meaningful and beautiful handmade art to hang in our schoolroom! Thank you so much for the project!


14 Danielle November 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

Love this idea! Definitely could tie into memorial/veterans day themes and symbolism of poppies.


15 Bar November 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

aww, i love that! thanks for the suggestions and send along photos if you made them! xo bar


16 Melissa March 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi there! Could I use mod podge on the bottom and again over top of them for my canvas?? Thank u!!!


17 Kat Juel-Guy March 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Yes, you can use Mod Podge…that’s what I used and it turned out great!!


18 Bar March 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

thanks, kat, for answering melissa’s question! mod podge is a great idea…thank you for trying this project!! xo, bar


19 Margaret November 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Did you add the black and yellow last, or begin with it?


20 mari November 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I believe those were added last Margaret – happy making!


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