My dad’s New Year’s resolution is to kick his addiction to caffeine. So far, he hasn’t had a drop of coffee in all of 2013. Since my mom is a tea drinker, my parents’ coffee maker has been sitting idle since the last day of 2012. What’s more, since my dad has gone cold turkey, he no longer needs his seemingly endless supply of paper coffee filters.
Rather than be tempted by the white basket-shaped filters, my dad shipped them 5,000 miles to our home, which is filled with non-coffee drinkers. We don’t even own a coffee maker. Needless to say, I’ve been busy trying to find ways my 8-year-old can keep herself busy with grandpa’s leftovers.
Here are some of her latest projects:
- Coffee filters
- Hole punch
- Photos and mementos
- Acid-free adhesive
- Trace the coffee filter on two pieces of cardstock.
- Cut out the shape of the filter, and glue it to the front of one filter and the back of another. This will be the front and back cover of your album.
- Stack all the coffee filters together.
- Using the hole punch, make three holes on the left side of the coffee filters.
- Thread the ribbon through the holes to bind the stack of coffee filters, and then tie the ends together.
- Fill the pages with photos and mementos to make your own little scrapbook.
- About two-dozen coffee filters
- Food coloring
- Small bowls of water
- Small rubber bands
- Needle and thread
- Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl of water.
- Dip the coffee filters into the water and keep them there until they absorb the color.
- Remove the wet filters and place them on a cookie sheet to dry.
- When the coffee filters are dry, fold each in quarters and cut petal shapes. Next, hold the filter in the center to form a flower.
- Place a rubber band around the center of the flower to keep the blossom in place.
- Repeat this process for all the filters.
- When you have made a bunch of flowers, use the needle and thread, and string the blossoms together to create a lei.