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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.


  • 4kidz916
    January 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    That's cool.  I always have coffee grounds.

  • lalasmama2007
    January 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM


  • arpazia
    by arpazia
    January 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM
    That's a really good idea!
  • slw123
    by slw123
    January 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    That's cool.  I've never heard of this particular craft.  This will be a fun one to try.

  • Charizma77
    January 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM


  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    January 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Thats really cute ! :)

  • TheBabyFactory4
    January 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM
    Cool. But we aren't coffee drinkers. Never have coffee around
  • timon95
    by timon95
    January 27, 2013 at 11:34 PM


  • .Angelica.
    January 28, 2013 at 6:42 AM
  • mrswillie
    January 28, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    neat idea

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