Marker Dyed Coffee Filter Wrapped Hurricane Candle Centerpiece – Light it Up Blue ~ Autism Awareness Day

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My little guy and I took some time these past couple of days to work on a blue project in honor of World Autism Awareness Day – which is today. Our special blue light bulbs, we picked up at the Home Depot, have been lighting the outdoors at night and I thought we should bring some blue indoors too.

My little guy loves to color so to get him involved I decided to revisit the coffee filter clover kiddie craft I posted awhile ago. With the assistance of my little helper – a pack of coffee filters and some markers is all it took to turn a simple glass hurricane into a glowing centerpiece ~ our own little take on light it up blue.

Materials Needed:
Coffee Filters
Glass Hurricane or Vase
Little Hands to Help Color

Additional Materials Needed: Spray Bottle, Water, Wire Drying Rack, Glue Gun

Begin by coloring the coffee filters randomly with markers – this is where the little hands can help. There is no rhyme or reason to this part so let them have fun!

Working in stacks of four, place the filters on a cookie sheet or pan {used for crafting}.

Fill a clean spray bottle with plain tap water and spray the stack of filters until they are completely saturated.

Flip and turn the filters – spraying more water if necessary – until the color has completely bled through each of the filters.

This part will stain your hands the same hues as the filters so wear plastic gloves if you have them.

Separate the filters and lay them one by one on a wire rack to dry. {note: water will drain from the filters so place something underneath the rack to protect the surface or dry them outside}

It doesn’t take long for them to dry – especially if they are laid out in a single layer.

The color combinations are endless and the tie dye effect is so pretty once they dry.

Once the filters are dry fold each one in half.

Using a hot glue gun attach the filters to the glass hurricane. For this 10 inch hurricane two overlapping rows were placed at the top and bottom and a third layer was laid diagonally to cover the center.

The hot glue can be easily removed from the glass once dried, without harming it, if you ever wanted to remove the filters.

Today I join many families and individuals in the life long fight to make a difference in the lives of those living with autism, including our dear son CJ.

In an effort to bring awareness to this life long disorder, I created the video at the bottom of the blog when our son was first diagnosed with autism. Although it has been almost four years since I put it together, the facts still remain heartbreaking and unfortunately the statics have seen an increase – as now 1 in 88 children in the US are diagnosed.

CJ is truly an incredible little boy with strength and courage. He brings such joy to our lives and his smile can truly melt your heart. He has given me so much inspiration and taught me to see the world in a whole new light.

World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. To learn more about autism, including the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, visit Autism Speaks.

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders {autism spectrum disorders} caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. – A new case of autism is diagnosed every 15 minutes.

There is no medical detection or cure for autism but early diagnosis and intervention can improve outcomes.


  1. I love this…I drink instant coffee (!) but I think I’ll invest in some filters just for this purpose! This is just lovely…

  2. I love this – a great way to light it up blue! I will definitely be making one of these for our home!

  3. I love this- beautiful idea! Turned out great- such a good message!


  4. The blue lightbulb…
    MY heart goes out to every one of you whose loved one has Autism.
    Our grandson was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 2. His smiles melt your heart. The eye contact for such a short period.
    The hug out of nowhere. Treasure them all.

  5. I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing it 🙂 Pinned it too!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  6. What a wonderful project! I pinned it too!

    I wanted to reach out after reading your Home Depot Table story…it’s amazing how the community will come together for children like ours! I also hope that your son will be able to continue with the therapies he has been receiving. I hope his health improves so he may return to school someday. It can be exhausting battling the system!


  7. It looks beautiful and I am sure it looks even better when it is lit up! There was just a family in Washington State that fought their insurance company {and won!} for cutting off their insurance for their child with autism {and then billing them back $25,000} I believe they are now gathering a class action lawsuit. I’m not sure where you live, but hopefully other states will follow and our kids will be able to get what they need and deserve. I hope your little guy is enjoying his new room!

  8. I love this! The craft, and the cause. Thanks you.

  9. Tears – can’t even breathe – you turned something so ugly (autism itselt) into something so beautiful (our kids)! Having a hard day here in autismland!!!! What beauty you bring into the world! Love this! Hope to try it this month!!!!

    Autism Awarenss!
    Dannylions Pieces for Autism on facebook
    Dannylions on Etsy
    Danny and Mom

  10. The figure in NJ is 1 in 49 and it includes my granddaughter. They have no idea why the statistics are so much higher here. Oh, and what wonderful hugs and smiles she gives too. She loves with her whole heart. I have been following your blog partly because of the slide show you have posted and have it posted on my blog with credit to you.

  11. Oooohhhhh, I can see some coffee filter flowers in my future. Thanks for the idea : )

    ~ Deanna

  12. This is lovely, as are children with Autism. I am a Biology teacher, and have two 9th graders with Autism in one of my classes this year. It is an inclusion class with regular-ed as well as special-ed children, and these two boys have their challenges, but are contributing members of our class community. I wish your son a lifetime of wonderful and educational experiences – for himself and those around him.

  13. I use coffee filters for projects a LOT in my (Autism Support) classroom. So of course I love this project AND the cause! 🙂

  14. Where did you get the “Hope” for the center? I’m making these with some kids from an autism non profit and we will sell them to fund programs. Beautiful!

  15. Those are beautiful! And I love that kids can help with this craft. Thanks for the tutorial!



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