Paper coffee filters have so many alternative uses besides brewing coffee. You can use paper coffee filters to clean windows, line flower pots, protect china, but have you ever thought about using them to create a fun Halloween costume? We asked a few BUNN employees to experiment with coffee filters to craft fun, one of a kind Halloween costumes and props. Check out their fun creations below and feel free to share with your friends! (PS- Most of these costumes are made from materials you can find right in your home!)
Paper Doll Costume
Impress your friends and family by sporting a Halloween costume completely made out of paper with the Paper Doll costume! Who knew that the fun, little paper dolls every girl plays with could make such a fun and easy Halloween costume?!
- 2 large pieces of poster board
- Coffee filters
- Sheets of plain white paper
- Hot glue gun with hot glue sticks
Directions for making the Paper Doll Costume:
- Cut out a shirt shape with one piece of the poster board
- Cut out a skirt shape (or pants if you prefer) with the other piece of the poster board.
- Hot glue the shirt and skirt together to create a dress.
- Next take coffee filters and fold them in quarters and arrange around the collar and sleeves of the dress to make cuffs.
- To create the ruffles on the dress, simply pinch a coffee filter in the middle of the flat bottom between your index finger and thumb. While pinching the middle of the filter, begin to fold all sides of the filter up until they all meet each together. The area of the filter you are pinching will become a point.
- Take the pointed edge of the filter and glue this the hem of the dress.
- Repeat steps 5 & 6 along a straight line to create a ruffle border.
- To create the tabs for the dress, cut 6 equal size rectangles out of the pieces of paper.
- Glue the rectangles on the back on the dress with the majority of the rectangle hanging off the dress. Place 2 rectangles on the shoulders, 2 rectangles at the waist and 2 rectangles at the hem of the dress.
- In order to wear this paper doll dress over your clothes, take 2 strands of elastic and bend in 2 different loop shapes. The loops should be able to go around your shoulders comfortably.
- Staple the loops on the backside of the dress near the shoulders.
- Your paper doll dress is now complete!
To wear your Paper Doll costume over your clothes, simply slip the elastic loops over your arms and up to your shoulder. Volia! You are now a Paper Doll for Halloween. Plus, with the ease of preparation, you could make a couple outfits for your costume and change throughout the night. Its fair to say you may be the only one at your Halloween party with a wardrobe change!
Royal Affair Hat
This spring the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was all the rage, and the must-have fashion item seen on royals, dignitaries and celebrities alike was over the top hats! This Halloween have your own royal affair by creating a one of a kind hat with coffee filters!
- Disposable paper soup bowl
- Coffee filters
- Optional- Feathers, artificial flowers or markers.
Directions for making Kate Middleton inspired hat:
- Start by placing the paper soup bowl on a flat surface with the bottom of the bowl facing upwards.
- Fold a coffee filter into a fan shape - To fold in a fan shape, take a coffee filter and press it out so it is completely flat and in a circle shape. Next, start on one end of the filter and fold inch section of the filter upward so the section is lying on the top of the rest of the filter. Flip the filter over so the folded section is now underneath and fold another inch section. Do this process of folding and flipping until you have folded the entire filter.
- Once you have the filter folded in a fan shape, pinch the filter in the middle. Holding the pinched middle, will cause the filter to fan out on both sides.
- Start at the rim of the soup bowl and staple the pinched center of the filter on the soup bowl.
- Continue steps 2 through 4. Staple the fanned filters around the rim of the soup bowl and then around the whole soup bowl until the bowl is covered with the fanned coffee filters.
- Optional: You can use markers to color the filters for a fun colored hat, or add fake flowers and feathers for even more sparkle.
To wear your Royal Affair hat, take bobby pins and pin the hat into your hair.
Grown Up Coffee Fairy Costume
Who says that the fairy costumes have to be just for the kids? With this Coffee Fairy costume you can celebrate your favorite beverage! Plus, be a hit with all your co-workers on Halloween by delivering cups of coffee as a treat from the Coffee Fairy!
- 1 pair of thin pre-made cardboard wings. (You can purchase these at your local craft store. They are inexpensive and come complete with elastic bands attached so that you can strap the wings over your shoulders)
- Coffee Filters
- Elmers Glue
- Hot glue
- Thick plastic headband
- Plastic kids coffee or tea cup
Directions for making the wings for Coffee Fairy Costume:
- Spread the cardboard wings out on a flat surface with the elastic straps underneath the wings. ( You will over cover the outwards facing portion of the wings.)
- Take a coffee filter and fold in half.
- Apply a thing line of Elmers glue to the crease of the folded coffee filter.
- Start at the bottom of the wings and glue the coffee filter with the fan portion facing downwards.
- Repeat this process of gluing folded coffee filters on the wings until you reach the top of the wings.
- At the top of the wings glue the folded coffee filter with the fan portion facing upwards.
- The outside portion of the wings should be completely covered in coffee filters after you complete step 6.
- Allow the wings to completely dry over night.
Directions for making headpiece for Coffee Fairy Costume:
- Hot glue a coffee filter on the side of the thick plastic headband.
- On top of the coffee filter, hot glue the plastic coffee cup.
- Allow the headpiece to completely dry over night.
Pull this Coffee Fairy Costume together by wearing the headpiece, and strap the wings on your back. Grab a cup of coffee (or a pot of coffee) and become the Coffee Fairy!
Scary Hockey Halloween Mask
The white hockey mask is a staple in American culture when it comes to Halloween and scary movies. Dont have time to pick up a real hockey mask? No problem, you can make one with coffee filters. This coffee filter created hockey mask is just as scary as the really thing!
- 4 coffee filters
- 2 pieces of white ribbon- Pieces should be long enough to tie round your head.
- White thread and needle
- Bottle cap
- Ink pen
- Hole punch
Directions for making scary hockey Halloween mask:
- Combine all the filters so they are top of each, and appear to make one thick filter.
- Holding all the filters together place the filters over your face and use an ink pen to mark where your eyes and nose hit on the filter.
- Next, using the marking for where your eyes hit on the filter, trace the bottle cap to create a circle for the eye holes.
- Bend all the filters and use the scissors to cut out the circles you just traced.
- To create the small holes above the eyes use the hole punch to punch out 4 small holes above the eye holes. 2 holes above the left eye, 2 holes above the right eye.
- To create the mouth holes, use the hole punch to punch out 6 small holes. The holes should be in the arrangement of 3 holes in a row and 2 holes in a column.
- To place the ribbons so they are in line with your ears place all the filters up to your face and mark the area that is in line with your ears.
- Next, using the markings for the ribbons hold all 4 filters together and sew one piece of ribbon on the outside edge of the filter by the marking.
- Repeat step number 8 with the other piece of the ribbon on the outside edge directly across from the first ribbon.
Tie the mask on your face and throw on an old coat. Now youre ready to scare everyone this Halloween with this scary hockey mask.
Warning: Tie the coffee filter mask on your face loosely to ensure you have adequate air supply.