As promised in last week’s post, today I’m showing you how to make a DIY coffee filter wreath. This was my first go at trying my hand at wreath making, and I must say I am happy with the results. The color is vibrant and I’m in love with the fluff that this wreath has going on.
And best of all, it was an easy and frugal DIY project (my favorite kind).
I promise, this is an easy tutorial. Just a bit time consuming. But it’s so worth it. I mean, look at that fluff!
To start, you’ll need the following.
1. 200 Dyed coffee filters (check out my “how to dye coffee filters w/ food coloring” post here)
2. 14″ Wreath Form (and something to hang it with)
3. Low Temperature Glue Gun
4. Low Temperature (or all temp) Glue Sticks
5. 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon (purchased from Walmart. Sorry – can’t find a link for it online. It was very inexpensive. Under $3, I believe).
Start by holding the coffee filter and squishing/scrunching the tip. Try your best to make the end (the part you’ll glue to the wreath) flat, so it adheres more easily. A tighter squish (lol) makes for a better looking wreath, in my opinion. I found it easiest to form the coffee filters ten at a time to speed things up.
I started attaching the coffee filters to the inner part of the wreath working my way outward. This was the most difficult part because I was trying to figure out how best to attach the filters. I found that adding a dab of glue to the flat end of the squished filter and then pressing and holding it to the wreath form worked best.
I did get a few burns (ouch). My friend Megan has a great tip for avoiding burns while making coffee filter wreaths (wish I would’ve remembered her tip before I made my wreath!)
This image below shows what I mean about working in rows. My 14″ wreath form required three rows. One thing I neglected to do, was to occasionally check that I had an equal amount of fluff on all sides before moving forward with the next row.
Before starting on a new row, go back in and fill in any gaps and bare spots.
The entire process took about four Doctor Who Episodes. So, three hours. Sorry, I’m a whovian. So I count time in whovian increments.
I forgot to take pictures of the little burlap hanger thing I made that allows the wreath to hang from the wreath hanger. Making one is optional. I chose to make one because my wreath hanger sat high on the door and I wanted the top of my wreath to sit slightly above the door knocker so it was still accessible.
I’ll try to explain as best I can. Basically, I made two loops and attached them together. The bottom loop was wrapped around the wreath and the top loop was used to hang from the store-bought wreath hanger. Sorry if this isn’t making sense. Also I swear I’m not targeting “loop” as my keyword for SEO.
To make the burlap hanger,I cut off a piece long enough to wrap around the wreath, folded the piece of burlap ribbon in half (width wise) and applied glue along one of the edges in order to permanently hold it together at that width. I did that for both loops. Then I looped them around each other and secured with more hot glue.
Here’s the finished result.
I love how the coffee filter wreath turned out. It wasn’t a difficult process – just a lot of squishing and gluing. If you survived my elementary tutorial-teaching skills, THANK YOU.
You win the honor of most patient reader ever. 🙂