DIY a Little XO

Do you remember my coffee filter wreath from Christmas of 2013?  (I know.  That seems so long ago.)

Coffee Filter Wreath

Coffee Filter Wreath – You’ve Gotta Make One!

I hung it on our swinging kitchen door during this past Christmas.  Since it’s not all that Christmas-y, I decided to enjoy it a little longer.

With heart month upon us, I wanted to somehow easily  transition the wreath for Valentine’s.

During Christmas when I made the Ribbon Christmas Tree Decor, I used one in the two-pack of burlap squares from Wal-Mart.  I scavenged through my old buttons to create a design for the square.

XO Supplies

I really wanted to use that larger vintage button PAM gave me.  It was begging to be an “O”.  I just needed to line up the smaller buttons for an “X”.

Sewing Buttons into X

My first thought was to hot-glue everything.  But, that would make my burlap gunky when I remove the buttons later.

Sewing was easy – just one thread swooped through two holes per button.  A simple, primitive look.

XO Buttons Complete

Red or pink buttons would be beautiful, but I didn’t have enough of either.

Just as with the Pom-Pom Initial yesterday, I almost feel like I’ve cheated.

All you have to do is open the coffee filters and wedge the square inside.  This is so easy, and very quick.

XO Inside Coffee Filters

I had originally thought to hang the square from the wreath somehow.  But that wasn’t necessary at all.

If you have a grapevine wreath, you could wire a burlap square onto it.

XO Added to Wreath

After heart month, the little XO is removable, no problem.

XO Wreath

What do you have to transition for heart month?  Anything need a little XO?


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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh I love all of these ideas. I have been wanting to make the coffee filter wreath forever…. will someday. And the pom pom initials are so cute and now the XO….. so clever. I am not sure what I am going to do this time….. usually have ideas, but no forms, so might try to make my own with an old wire clothes hanger. And I don’t see why we we couldn’t dye our coffee filters red or pink? I used to get food color (box of four) from the Dollar Tree (if you havea $ Tree in your area). Thanks for all the great ideas!!

    • says

      Thank you, Sheryll. What a great idea! Yes, we have Dollar Tree in every town around us. I keep old egg coloring dye from after-Easter sales. I think that would work for dying coffee filters, too, if you don’t have the right color food dye. I’m sure you’ll come up with the perfect thing and budget-friendly, too. 🙂