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Craft Time: Coffee Ground "Fossils"
January 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

            Coffee Ground "Fossils"


Difficulty: Easy

Age: 4 and up

Parental supervision is recommended

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup of used coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup of cold coffee
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • Wax paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.) 
  • Empty can or a butter knife
  • Toothpicks, optional
  • String to hang your fossil, optional

How to make it:

  1. Stir the together the coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour, and salt until well mixed.
  2. Knead the dough together and then flatten it out onto the waxed paper.
  3. Use the can to cut out circles of the dough or use the dull knife to cut slabs large enough to fit your "fossil" objects.
  4. Press your objects firmly into the dough. When you take the object out, you have your "fossil". If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes into the edge to hold the string.
  5. Let the fossil dry overnight (and up to two days) and then hang it if you wish.


  1. To reduce the drying time, bake the fosils for a short period of time to get the "dough" to harden.


  • ceciliam
    January 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Neat! My son would like this.

  • RobynS
    by RobynS
    January 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Cool! DS was JUST saying he wanted to make some fossils!!

  • clowry02
    January 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    neat idea

  • KristinRox
    January 28, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Thats such a cool idea. I know my boys especially would love to try this out. 

  • Leelee1008
    January 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    how cool

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