It’s the time of year for lots and lots of colorful rainbows. And you can bring in even more color when you make lots of your own colorful Coffee Filter Watercolor Rainbows!
These Coffee Filter Watercolor Rainbows are such a fun, simple art project that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or to see you through spring. I love the way the watercolors bleed through the coffee filter, letting the colors easily blend together into a piece of rainbow art that’s each unique. You can also add puffy cotton balls to the ends of the rainbow, for a more in the clouds kind of effect.
I’ve seen a number of different watercolor rainbow projects that use watered sharpies instead of paints. That’s another neat technique. We like using watercolor paints, though, and watching the colors blend however they may. The rest the supplies include coffee filters, scissors, as well as a protective covering for the surface you’re painting on and where you can store your coffee filters to dry.
Coffee Filter Watercolor Rainbows
- Watercolor paints
- Paintbrush and cup of water
- Plastic tablecloth or paper to cover table
- White coffee filters
- Puffy cotton balls (optional)
- Glue (optional)
Begin by getting your watercolors ready. You’ll need to lay a plastic tablecloth or thick sheets of paper across where you’re painting to protect the surface. You’ll also need a place to store coffee filters while they dry. Make sure you have a cup of water and paintbrush. Maybe smocks, too.
Flatten a regular white coffee filter. If you look closely, you’ll see a center circle on the inside of the coffee filter where it folds up. We started painting our rainbow on this circle, starting in backwards order of colors with purple first, going towards the edge. Leave some of the center white.
The backwards rainbow: Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red. Keep painting each color in a circle around the coffee filter until your rainbow is complete. Set aside to dry.
Once dry, cut the coffee filter in half.
At this point, you can glue on cotton balls for clouds.
Or, they’re beautiful to simply keep as is. Continue painting more rainbows and watch how unique each turns out!
We hope you have as much fun with this art project as we’ve been having! And be sure to check out more of our fun rainbow ideas at Our Kid Things!