Coffee Filter Candle Bowl

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It takes a lot of imagination to compare these candle bowls with the glass art of Dale Chihuly, but they are fun to make and the cost of making them is right. We use coffee filters, colored tissue paper and spray starch to make our interpretation of Dal’s art. The candles are battery operated tea lights. I think this would make a nice, inexpensive table decoration for a wedding or any party. They would also make outstanding Christmas decorations. I’ve included a couple of blog addresses so you can check out the Dale Chilhuly art. Notice the prices his art brings!

On the blog, Eloge de l’Art par Alain Truog,” at , there are some beautiful examples of Dale Chihuly’s glass art. A very interesting biography of the artist can be found at .


  • Coffee filters
  • Colored tissue paper (the kind that bleeds)
  • Paper towel
  • Spray starch
  • Paint brush
  • Water glass to drape the filter on while drying
  • Hair dryer (Optional)
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Battery operated tea lights


  1. Place paper towels on your work surface. Lay the flattened filter, inside down, on the paper towels.
  2. Lay torn pieces of colored tissue paper over the coffee filter. Spray with spray starch and brush over the entire surface with the paint brush to blend the colors. Peel the tissue paper away from the coffee filter and brush over any white areas to blend color into them.
  3. Lightly spray again with the spray starch and drape the filter over the bottom of a water glass.
  4. If you desire, you can sprinkle glitter over the wet filter.
  5. Now you can leave the filter to air dry, but if you’re impatient like I am, you can dry them a bit faster by using a hair dryer on the low setting.
  6. When dry, put a battery operated tea light inside the bowl and admire your work of art.

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