Check out this beautiful galaxy coffee filter craft! Are your kids obsessed with galaxy anything and everything? Outer space? Astronauts? Star Wars?! Kids will love the magic of this project!
Not only is this coffee filter craft fun and pretty, but it provides an excellent art lesson in watercolor techniques. This galaxy coffee filter craft is the perfect project to teach beginning watercolor techniques or help reinforce them!
Technique Use for Galaxy Coffee Filter Craft
One of the most important watercolor techniques for beginners is to know how and when to use the water. If you add water to the brush, then dip it in the watercolor paint, it will go onto the paper more structured. If you wet the paper first and then add watered down watercolor it will spread like crazy. The latter method is the focus of this galaxy coffee filter craft!
To make your own galaxy coffee filter craft, you’ll need:
- Coffee Filters
- Watercolors (Purple, Dark Blue, Light Blue and White)
- Bowl Of Water
- Paint Brushes (large and small)
How To Make A Galaxy Coffee Filter Craft
Once your supplies are gathered, get started crafting!
- Start by brushing the coffee filter with water. PRO TIP: This project works better if you place a dry coffee filter underneath the wet one.
- Working with one color at a time, put some watered down watercolor in random spots across the coffee filter- we used dark purple, then dark blue and then lighter blue. It doesn’t matter which color you start with! When you get to the final color, just fill in every remaining white spots.
- When the coffee filter is filled with color, set it aside and let it dry. It takes about 3 minutes. It does not have to be completely dry. I determined that it was dry enough that it would stay flat, like a piece of paper, when I would pick it up.
- At this point, grab the small paint brush. We used one that was about the size of a pencil tip. Smaller is better for this part of the project! Dot white paint around the coffee filter. This represents the stars. If you’ve spent some time learning about the stars, it could be fun to use yellow, blue, even red dots to represent different types of stars, BUT it does change the aesthetic some so keep that in mind!
- Let the filter dry again and it’s finished. Isn’t it so pretty?! I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful these galaxy coffee filter crafts turned out!
This is a fantastic activity to accompany an outer space unit. These could also be a fun activity at or decoration for an outer space themed party! Whatever you do, let it be about the process and have fun with it. Each one will be different and they are all beautiful!
Hang your galaxy coffee filter crafts up in windows, on walls, or use fishing line to dangle them from the ceiling. Get creative!
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