Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Humble Coffee Filter

IMG_2980sigYou all know I love the after Christmas shopping, but this year was a

BIG.OLE.LET.DOWN

Well, till I found a cute wreath stand for $3 and knew a coffee filter wreath project was in store.

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I couldn’t find the camera at the time (I’m pretty sure the camera troll had it!) and I’m a bit impatient!

I started out with a green floral foam wreath shape, a roll of ribbon and a pack of white coffee filters from the dollar store.

I wrapped the foam with the ribbon (it takes almost 4 yards) because I didn’t want to cover the whole thing with filters and didn’t want the green to show. Plus, I hate the little dust that comes off the floral foam and knew the ribbon would help.

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I wanted the filters a specific color so I filled a bowl with an inch of water and and added acrylic paint till it was the perfect color. I dipped the filters in the water and since I’m slightly majorly impatient I placed them single layer on the oven racks at 200. They are practically dry by the time you push the rack into the oven so be careful, I ended up with a few that looked like chicken with nice grill marks!

On a side note, if you decide to dry them in the oven you might want to mix up a cake or cookies to bake later. The sheer look of disappointment on my HB’s face when he asked what I was baking and the answer was “Coffee Filters” was quite sad.

After they are all dry you simply fold the circle in half and then into a snow cone shape and hot glue it down, and you’re done.

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The whole wreath took about 35 filters total for the fullness I wanted and I’m pretty happy with it. I’m thinking I may make a pink one for my office.

3 comments:

Carrie said...

I think that is SO pretty!

Lacey said...

Very sweet wreath!

Tammy said...

This is so cute! I didn't find many after Christmas specials either. In fact, I don't think I bought one thing.