I know you’ve seen coffee filter wreaths before. They’ve been all over Pinterest – I think since last year.
Sometime during this year, we switched to percolating our coffee. What to do with all the paper filters we had accumulated? Of course, I made a wreath! And, I could make several more! (How did I accumulate so many filters – of all types and sizes??)
With Christmas season upon us, I ran into a snag with making this wreath. Sometimes it’s not as simple as picking up needed supplies for a project.
All for you, I bring you LIVE, the rest of my story about making this wreath when my local stores had no foam rings for wreath-making. The shelves were swiped clean of any type of wreath-making ring. Everyone else must be making wreaths, too!
I’ve never used a surface protector ring like this one for potted plants, but I noticed them in Wal-Mart’s garden section as I wandered through – after the craft aisle disappointment.
An idea struck. Hmm…
I gathered my supplies and warmed up my glue gun. Ready, set, go!
Fold the coffee filters into a point in the center. Actually, it’s more of a wad than a fold. Folding will flatten, and we want ruffly and puffy.
Load the tip with ample hot glue.
Stick each filter to the ring, layering them all jammed together.
Pick a spot, begin there, and work your way around the ring. (Duh!)
It really is easy and fun!
When you’re all finished, fluff and add a filter or two in the places you may have missed. Unless you’re a perfectionist with your gluing, some filters will protrude out farther than others. If you’re a perfectionist, this uneven-ness might bother you.
If you’re not a perfectionist (like me), you’ll appreciate the varying levels of ruffles. The uneven surface gives the wreath more interest, in my opinion.
Now, it’s time for a bow. Remember my polka-dot bow from DIY Tree Wrap Christmas Wreath? Yep, that’s the one I’d made for that wreath and then changed my mind. (Hey, I’m female, so I’m allowed to do that.)
If you are bow challenged, like I was before learning the bow-making tricks of the trade, you can visit my Make a Decorative Bow tutorial.
I simply wrapped a length of ribbon around the wreath (not tightly, though). It won’t hurt anything, because the wreath is so light-weight.
Wire the ribbon strand into the wire on the bow.
It’s embarrassing really, how easy this wreath is. I know you didn’t need all the “duh” details, but I had such fun showing off how easy you can make one of these. You must know by now that I have to share things with you – so you can do it, too – and have fun!
I have one more tip about these wreaths. You know what filters look like when you get them out of the coffee pot, right? Yep, they’re limp.
I’m just saying, you might want to hang your wreath under a porch or some sort of covering from rain. You wouldn’t want to mess up those pretty waffly edges! 😉