Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Coffee Filter Ornament Wreath

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My mantel wreath this year was...well, an experiment. It was one of those times where you just put on things to see if it would work lol. I started off by circling the grape vine wreath with white poinsettias. It didn't really look quite how I wanted; I think it may have been the cheap poinsettias I used :) Then I thought about tying fabric or tulle all around it. Didn't work. Then I was going to get some hot chocolate to give my mind a break and saw the coffee filters :)
coffee filter wreath
I've seen plenty of coffee filter wreaths, so I figure I would give it a try. Couldn't hurt. Plus I had a ton of filters left over from my coffee filter light project (tutorial here). I must say, adding coffee filters to a smaller or more narrower wreath form would probably work best, but I didn't want to leave and go buy one. If that were the case, I would just buy better looking poinsettias and ditch the filter idea ;)
So, I had to come up with a way to make my filters go far and still look good. Here's what I came up with.


1. Start with 5 filters. Fold 3 of them in half and then in half again, leave two open.
2. Place one open filter inside the other and glue in place
3. Take one of the 'triangles', glue in the middle of the open filters.
4. Take another triangle, slightly overlap the original triangle, glue in place.
5. Glue the last triangle in the middle.

Now use your hot glue gun and glue the 'complete set' to the wreath, kind of making them hug each other.
Try to make sure you have an even number of 'sets' so the next part will look ...well, even.
Get some ornaments..... I used just some old silver balls I had lying around.
Now in every other coffee filter 'set', hot glue the ornament in the middle. Now you may notice that some of your empty 'sets' look...well rather empty. Just fold an extra triangle and glue in the middle and fluff up.
This is where you should end...
But my overdecorating got the best of me and I added poinsettias into the wreath also. I think it would have worked had they not been yellow in the middle. This just looks like a wedding wreath to me...for some reason. I don't even know if you have wreaths at weddings...but if you did, this is what one would look like :) It's not terrible. But I didn't like it.
Poinsettia coffee filter wreath
So, I took the poinsettias out and just left the balls. Much better :) I placed the coffee filter wreath inside a larger wreath to add some more umph. lol. yes. umph. It looked quite tiny without the larger wreath :)
coffee filter christmas wreath
I love how the balls tie into the rest of the silver on the mantel.And how the brown gives just enough balance and depth.
diy christmas wreath
Cost of this project was totally free. I just used what I had on hand. ....now to go find a place for all those cut poinsettia stems :)

8 comments:

  1. When I saw this wreath, I could not wait to make it for my front door after Christmas.

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  2. The wreath is gorgeous - and your home is stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I came over from Centsational Girl's linky party. Love this take on the coffee filter wreath!!

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  4. I love the two wreaths together- it really makes it unique! I love how it coordinates so well with the rest of your decor. Thanks for linking up to The CSI Project challenge this week!

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