Coffee Filters

These coffee filter Christmas trees are a colourful craft that allows kids to see some cool science in action too!

I’m always excited to discover new Christmas craft activities for children, and we had a lot of fun getting festive with these coffee filter Christmas trees this week!

This activity is great for exploring science concepts like absorption and capillary action too. 

Check out the full instructions for this easy Christmas craft idea for kids!


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All you need for to make these Christmas trees out of coffee filters with your kids at home is:

  • Coffee filters
  • Washable markers 
  • Water
  • A cup
  • Glue stick


Here’s the rundown on this Christmas tree craft for kids!

1. Take your coffee filter and colour on both sides with the washable markers in any way you like. I used different shades of green but your kids can get creative with as many different colours as they like! 

Coffee filter paper trees activity with full instructions

Make sure you really go over the filter paper a few times as the more ink you use the more vibrant the colours will be later on. 

2. Roll your filter paper up into the shape of a Christmas tree and place it upside down in a cup which has no more than an inch of water in it. 

3. Watch as the paper absorbs the water and the water travels upwards, carrying the ink with it! 

4. Once your filter Christmas tree is finished, carefully take it out of the cup and lay it flat to dry. Be careful as the ink will run. I put my trees on an old black towel to dry so I wouldn’t stain anything. 

Paper Christmas Trees made out of coffee filters and marker pens

5. Once dry, you can roll it back up into the shape of a Christmas tree and use a dab of glue so it keeps its shape!

I hope your family has fun with this Christmas tree craft for kids!

If your kids enjoy Christmas craft ideas like this coffee filter Christmas tree, they might like making their own salt dough stars or paper Christmas lights.

easy paper Christmas lights craft
salt dough stars recipe for Christmas ornaments

 You can find a similar coffee paper filter activity at Mom Life Made Easy.