Monday, January 24, 2011

Coffee Filter Heart Wreath

I said I would put this up last week and didn’t, and honestly I don’t really have a good excuse other than it snowed a whole bunch last week which threw me off.  Since there is still plenty of time before Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d show you how I made my pretty decorations.  Today we’re starting with my coffee filter wreath.  Like I said before, it was inspired by Sweet Pea and Jo Jo.  Here is the finished product:

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I didn’t take pictures as I was making it because most of the time when I start a project I just get so excited about it that I forget to take pictures.  This was one of those projects.   Here’s basically what I did though.

I cut my heart out of a cardboard box (we had been doing a lot of textbook ordering around here so we were up to our ears in boxes from Amazon).  It doesn’t have to be perfect because the coffee filters will cover it up.  I used a bright pink sharpie to color the edges of the coffee filters.  I found that it was MUCH easier to color them in a big group than to do them individually.  Then I folded and floofed them and glued them to the cardboard.  Really there wasn’t much of a trick here, I just did what looked best.  Sometimes I’d group them and sometimes I wouldn’t.  As you can se from the picture of the back, I changed tactics halfway though:

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I’m not sure I can say which one worked better, but I kind of preferred tucking them over so that it covered up the edges.  Keep going until the whole thing is covered.  It will take a lot of coffee filters and a lot of hot glue sticks but it is so worth it in the end.  Here’s a close-up of one side:

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I just hot glued a piece of ribbon on the back to hang it from.  It was pretty easy to make and it only cost me $2 ($1 for the coffee filters and $1 for a new bag of hot glue sticks).

5 comments:

  1. I LOVE how you colored the edges! I'd never thought of that!

    Kelly

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  2. Ok, I may have to try this one. It is super cute and I love that I could make it red, pink or whatever.

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    Megan

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  3. I love the sharpie touch! I made a Christmas wreath of coffee filters and loved it, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the added color. Great job!

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  4. cute! thanks for putting a link back to my page!

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  5. Darling project and using the Sharpie to color the edges is brilliant. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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