Well so much for focusing on furniture projects like I planned!
While the rest of the United States was getting snow, the PNW was getting rain. (Shocking, I know … Have I mentioned that it rains a lot in Seattle?! According to my husband, I mention it quite a bit!) Not very conducive for painting in the garage, so my week was spent playing with my new camera, working on my Zumba playlist, and a little bit of crafting.
One of the crafts I completed was a couple of wreaths made out of coffee filters. (Man, that sounds way too “crafty”, even to my ears!!) Actually, they are really quite pretty. Some might even call them “elegant looking”. 😉
Because there are so many tutorials out there in Blogville, (that’s my word, by the way) 😀 I never planned on sharing this project. But I needed to play photographer with my new camera, so I thought I might as well document it. (Wouldn’t it be cool if in six months time, I’ll look back at this post and think, boy have I come a long way since photographing coffee filters!!) It’s important to have goals, right??!
FYI: As I mentioned, (for the last time, I promise!!) It was raining, dark and very gloomy when I took these photos. I was practicing trying to capture the “illusion of a light filled room”, when in reality, it was the exact opposite.
Let me just say that making the wreaths was far easier than trying to capture a “light filled” room!
The supplies needed to make a wreath(s) are a hot glue gun and glue sticks, coffee filters …. lots and lots of coffee filters … and a wreath form, and a ribbon to hang it with (optional.)
FYI: The small green Styrofoam wreath form and the coffee filters are from The Dollar Tree, and the larger straw form is from Ben Franklin and Crafts. To get started, separate the coffee filters; place a pencil in the center of the filter and “scrunch” it. Assemble a huge pile of the scrunched filters. (Sorry, I didn’t count how many filters I used, but I’m guessing at least 200 filters for the two wreaths.)
Once you have your pile of “scrunched” filters, you are now ready to hot glue the filter to the wreath form. I found it easier to bend the tip a bit, and then place the hot glue on the bent tip, and attach it to the wreath. Lather, rinse, repeat baby!! And please be careful with the glue gun…that glue is wicked hot!!
Apologies that I don’t have a photo of the actual assembling of the wreath. My friend Kristi and I both made wreaths at my crafting coffee, and I got too busy talking and totally forgot to take pictures! We all know how glue guns work, right? The only tip I can add is it’s not necessary to glue the filters to the very edge of the wreath because the filters are so fluffy — especially in the center hole. (If you glue all the way to the very rim, your wreath won’t have an opening!)
I left my wreaths au natural, but you could certainly take a scissors to them if you want a more uniform looking wreath.
This Valentine’s garland was made last year with Dollar Tree hearts and some old book pages. I hung it with some jute ribbon hot glued to the back and added little bits of coordinating fabric for a cozy look.
Are you ready for some additional winter décor ideas that will literally take minutes?? I just bought some Christmas clearance ribbon at Ben Franklin and Crafts for I think 80 or 90% off retail?!! You’ll definitely be seeing this knit ribbon next Christmas on some projects, but I thought it looked kind of cute on some Dollar Tree candles that I already had.
Or how about wrapping some Dollar Tree candles with a little wrapping paper and/or ribbon? These were all items already in my craft stash. It feels so good to be using it.
And last, but certainly not least, do you remember earlier in the year when I shared some upcycled organizational projects?? One of the projects was repurposing an old desk drawer as under-the-bed storage. I had mentioned that I thought it would make a great centerpiece, and turns out I was right. Here is it’s current “Winter” look …. (which is very similar to it’s “Christmas” look, minus the ornaments!!) 😉
Pinecones and greenery collected from the back yard and a little ribbon tied around candles and some mason jars. Doesn’t get much simpler than that, and it took less than five minutes!
Yes, I’m pretty sure The Daughter isn’t getting this back!
Thanks for indulging me with all the pictures in this post. But I was having so much fun with my new camera …. And this mama needs practice!! Hope you have a wonderful week! Cynthia
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Thrilled to have this project featured at:
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