I have a thing for beautiful wreaths and love to change them out on my front door every month or so. I was looking around pinterest recently and saw this gorgeous wreath. Boy was I surprised to find out it had been made with coffee filters! I decided I had to learn how to make my own. I finally got around to it yesterday and decided to take you along on my crafting journey to making my own simple coffee filter wreath.
To get this project started you will need to gather all your supplies. I decided not to go with a pre-made wreath form to keep the cost down. I got the idea from another blog, but I failed to pin it so I can not give the proper credit. That is a sad thing for a blogger to do to a fellow blogger. I am sorry to whomever I got the idea from.
I decided to use this foam pipe insulator that I found at Home Depot. I am sure you could use any type of form for this project, but I am cheap. I bet you could even get a form from any craft store with one of their coupons.
The supplies you will need for this simple coffee filter wreath are…
- A glue gun with glue (Cost of glue maybe $.30)
- Packing tape ($2.50)
- Foam pipe insulation (or pre-made wreath form) ($1.39)
- Coffee filters (About $2)
- Food coloring if you want a colored wreath (Pennies)
The total for all the supplies above would probably make 2 wreaths like the one you see pictured making the total for each wreath less then $4. That is a steal considering how much these could go for at a craft fair.
To make your wreath form I measured around a current wreath I had to get the size I wanted. I then cut the foam insulation and used packing tape to form a circle.
The fun thing about making coffee filter wreaths is you can make them any shape you want! I have seen hearts, angel wings and snowmen. The possibilities are endless!
I made a white one to use for this post, but decided I really wanted a fun color instead so I decided to dip dye the filters. I started dying them one at a time like you see in the picture above. I did quite a few before I realized I was doing it the hard way. Good grief why was I not dipping the entire stack at one time?!
I decided to go ahead and dip the whole stack, but then realized I would have to separate them all out anyway so they would dry faster. So I guess it really doesn’t matter how you do it.
After the filters were dry I took each one and formed a sort of flower. To do this I found the center if each filter and pinched and twisted a bit until I got the shape I wanted. There really is no right or wrong to this step. It is really more of a personal preference how tight or loose you want each “flower.”
After each flower was formed I started to glue them individually onto my homemade form. Again, this step is really a matter of how tight or loose you want each flower and how “fluffy” you want your finished product to be. The one thing I will tell you is to try and be consistent. I noticed that as I went along I started making the flowers tighter and packing them closer together changing the shape of my wreath as well as making it a bit lopsided.
Just keep going until you have the whole thing covered. I didn’t bother with the back. I just covered the front and sides to save time. Besides who is going to look at the back? I think this pink wreath ended up using about 75ish filters. I really didn’t count.
Here is my finished product! It took me about an hour and a half or so to finish once had a system figured out and the filters dyed. If anyone decides to try this tutorial and make your own simple coffee filter wreath I would love for you to send me a picture so I can see how yours turned out. I think I will be making more of these in different colors to use for different season. I just love the way the pink in this simple coffee filter wreath looks on my favorite weathered blue chair!