Coffee Filter Snowflakes


Coffee Filter Snowflakes inspired by the book Snowflake Bentley

Read the book, Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, or watch this video:

Objective: to be inspired by this wonderful children’s book about the beauty found in natural objects and create inspirational snowflakes of your own. 


  • Cup coffee filters
  • Washable markers in cool colors (blue, purple, etc.) or watercolor paints & brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black or dark blue construction paper

Step 1: Put a piece of paper, cardboard, or newspaper down and flatten your coffee filter on it.

Step 2: Look at the color wheel below with warm and cool colors next to each other – can you tell which ones are cool colors? Cool colors evoke a sense of calmness, harmony, stability, and relaxation, like blue, blue-purple, and green.

Step 2: Color the filter with either your washable markers or watercolor paint in cool colors. Create patterns that you might see on snowflakes using circles, shapes, and textures.

Step 3: Wet the coffee filter with water by either using a spray bottle or a paintbrush dipped in water if you used markers. If you used watercolor skip this step.

Step 4: Let the coffee filter dry or have an adult use an iron to dry it quickly. Place a paper towel over and under your wet paper towel if using an iron.

Step 5: Fold the dried coffee filter in half.

Step 5: Fold it in half again.

Step 5: Fold it one more time, it should look like a triangle.

Step 5: Using your scissors cut shapes out of the folded sides and the end. You can cut circles, triangles, or any shape you like. Be sure not to cut all the way through.

Step 6: Carefully open your snowflake. Each snowflake you make will be unique just like in Snowflake Bentley!

We made prints on paper towels from the wet snowflakes by ironing the snowflakes while wet!

Step 7: Take a photo of your snowflakes and share it with us by tagging the MAC on social media and using #ArtShareMAC!, or email us your photo to and we will share it for you!

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