Quick Craft — Colorful Window Display

I thought our front door needed a bit more….. color.

So we broke out the paints and markers…..

….. and spent a good part of the afternoon covering inexpensive coffee filters with bright sweeps of color! If you’re in need of some stress relief, I highly recommend doing this — so relaxing!

There were lots of “oohs and ahhs” when the girls saw how nicely the colors blended on the coffee filters!

I love how vibrant the colors look!

Once they were dry, we cut them up to make birds, and used some window markers for the feet!!

These two are in love…. so cute!

This would be such a FUN classroom project for a window or bulletin board…..

…. and now I can’t help but smile every time I open the front door!! *glee*

I linked this post to:
Show and Tell Green

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tattertots and Jello
Market Yourself Mondays @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Just Something I Whipped Up Monday @ The Girl Creative
Get Your Craft On @ Today’s Creative Blog


  1. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    The end result is really excellent – kind of 70's peace loving birds 🙂 – but very pretty!

  2. stuck on with tape?

    Maybe that's what I'll do for my back door.

  3. So pretty. I think we will be doing this soon. Our sliding glass door in the kitchen is looking a bit boring right now.

  4. anne maskell says

    Much better! Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog!

  5. ooo so pretty! Definately brightens things up!!

  6. So I always love your projects but this is one of the greatest! And of course the birds are in love! I have just the window for this! We will link back when we do this. Thanks for more great ideas.

  7. This is such a cute idea! I just really love all your ideas 🙂 I can't wait until my LO is old enough to try these things out!

  8. This is totally adorable!
    How do you think of these things!!!???

    Love it!

  9. Night Owl Mama says

    Awww so sweet such colorful birdies


    beautiful, love the colors.

  11. Simply beautiful. (And simple, too!)

  12. MaryAnne says

    Beautiful! And how did you stick them on?

  13. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ An Almost Unschooling Mom — They are kinda groovy, aren't they? LOL

    @ Ticia — I used masking tape for the lines, and tried using it to stick the birds on the window, but it didn't work as well as clear tape.

  14. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Christy — I bet they would look so pretty there! If we had a sliding glass door, I'm pretty sure it would be covered with artwork at least 90% of the time. 🙂

  15. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ brookie — Thank you so much! I really appreciate the link! xoxo 🙂

  16. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Candi — Your little one is ADORABLE! Treasure these days. 🙂

    @ MaryAnne — Yes, it seems that clear tape worked well. I used clear tape for the tie dyed sun ornaments we did too. Have fun!

  17. We colored our with markers yesterday..I like your way better! GReat idea!

  18. Cute.

  19. What a cool idea! I'm definitely going to try something like this with my son. How clever that you made the coffee filters into birds.

  20. Wonder Mom says

    So "tweet!" (Hee! Hee!)

  21. love it!

  22. Just Breathe says

    Your door looks beautiful 🙂

  23. Raising a Happy Child says

    Wow – this looks fantastic. I am curious – are those regular poster paints? Our watercolors always look very pale…

  24. Brianna! says

    takes me straight back to being a kiddie!
    LOVE It


  25. Very nifty! Makes me wanna break out the watercolors =)

  26. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Sherri — Clara used markers on her coffee filters too, but then painted over them with water. The colors blended so nicely!

    @ Raising a Happy Child — We used watercolors too, but only a little bit of water so the color didn't dilute so much.

  27. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Kathleen — That makes me very happy! Have fun!! xoxo 🙂

    @ Brianna — Me too!! Ahhh… to be a kid again! 🙂

    @ Tabitha — Yes, yes, break them out!! You'll be so glad you did. Have fun! 🙂

  28. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    The floor is covered wall to wall with Lego (the tiny, scream when you step on it kind). One of my daycare kids arrived in jeans, a sweatshirt and no raincoat on a day that is forecast to be hot, humid and rainy. Another arrived soaking wet with a back pack full of clothes made equally wet by the raincoat Mom stuffed into it when they arrived. The girls are decorating my kitchen floor with the contents of their sewing kit (sequins, bit of cut up wool, etc.) And my son is “bored, bored, bored” In other words, it’s “one of those days”.

    I’ve been scouring the internet looking for fun, easy and reasonably mess free activities to distract the younger children from their plot to make my house look as messy as possible. Everyone calmed down making these birds. Now my house looks cheerful (messy, but cheerful) and I am smiling.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Oh, I have had days like those! (((hugs))) I’m so happy you stopped by, and found a craft to keep the kiddos busy for a bit…. And more importantly, that you are smiling!! Yay!!! 🙂

  29. Katie Mitchell says

    I am always so amazed at the things you come up with. When i first found your site I was blown away. My kids and I love you. You have such neat ideas and are simple and cheap (for my wallet, not quality). Thank you for all you do and for being an inspiration!

    I love this craft and it looks awesome on your door!

  30. Just did this with my almost-3 year old for our “Creation Day Five” craft. Sure makes a pretty foreground for the snowscape outside! Love it!!! Thanks, Valerie!


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