Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine's Day Coffee Filter Wreath

I actually started this wreath for Halloween.  In fact, I had about 3 versions of this wreath I wanted to make for Halloween.  I had been wanting to make a coffee filter wreath ever since I saw Taryn's on Design, Dining & Diapers.  After burning my fingers with hot glue with nearly every filter...well, a girl can only take so much.  I ditched the project.  Something motivated me last Friday when I got home from work and I pulled the partially covered wreath form from the under-stairs-storage.  I'd make it into a Valentine's wreath!
Here is a step-by-step of making the wreath.  It was a tiring process.  So tiring that I left out the t in "filter" and noticed after closing out of Photoshop and I didn't want to re-do the text, so I just added a t.  Please excuse my laziness.
 I should have also added "and don't burn yourself with the glue"
 "and don't burn yourself with the glue"
 "and don't burn yourself with the glue"
In the photo below, you can see the difference between leaving the filters uneven heights or taking a pair of scissors to them to give them an even trim.
 I imagine it might be something like grooming a poodle (since it looks like a poodle), but I bet it is still easier to groom a poodle than all of those filters.  There are a lot of coffee filters.
After about an hour of 'taking a little more off the top', I put the scissors down and walked away from it for the night.  No, I didn't like the remainder of this project any more than the start.
I left one section of the wreath coffee filter free to add some Valentine's Day embellishments.  First, I looped some red ribbed heart ribbon clusters.
 Then I made some tissue paper roses.
Fold 5-6 sheets of tissue paper like an accordian and then cut in the center.  Separate the sheets and wrap on the inside of a coffee filter.
I also added a few red glitter picks.  I didn't love it until I hung it above the mantel.
It was worth the effort and the burning hot glue.  Just wait until you see it with the full mantel!
I like how this wreath turned out for Valentine's Day, but I can't say I'd make another coffee filter wreath any time soon.

7 comments :

  1. Gorgeous wreath! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

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  2. Oh my gosh!! It's GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to see your whole mantel. My mantel....is still Christmas...as I type!! SHM

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  3. This is beautiful, what a fun wreath idea! You are a Featured Favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing with us last week! We can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

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  4. How beautiful! i made a coffee filter wreath a while ago myself (totally know what you mean about burning your fingers, ouch!!) I was thinking of adding some flowers, etc to mine for the holidays as well...and I LOVE yours!! It turned out so pretty!! I might just have to make another one with a gap so I don't ruin the filters on the one I currently have hanging up! :-) Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  5. That is gorgeous! I love making wreaths, so I'll have to try this one day.

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  6. Love this soft look - very sweet :) You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby's Hearts Craft Challenge :-) http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/43/those-tiny-toes-hearts-craft

    xo,
    Candie

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