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Heart Shaped Wreath Made from Coffee Filter Flowers
Coffee Filter Wreath for Valentine's Day
Using just a few materials that you already have around your house, you can create a fun and unique Valentine's Day wreath for your home!
* Foamcore board or cardboard.
* Strong scissors or craft knife
* Red and/or Pink paint (acrylic or watercolor)
* Hot glue gun
* Coffee filters
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The Finished Product
Love It or Leave It? - Valentine's Day
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Dye Your Filters
The first thing you should do is dye your coffee filters.
Take a large bowl and put a SMALL amount of the paint color you want in the bottom of the bowl. A little goes a long way.
Add water in your bowl. It doesn't have to be much. Half a cup should do it.
Take your paintbrush and stir until all the paint is dissolved in the water.
Take some of the filters and dip them, open side down, into the bowl.
The filters will very rapidly suck up the tinted water. The longer your leave it in the stronger the color will be. The color will travel UP the filter, even after you have taken it out of the water. If you dip and remove the filters very quickly from the water, then you'll have a neat ombre effect to your filter.
After you have dipped all of your filters, set them aside on a towel to dry. This process can take a while, so you might want to dip your filters the day before you assemble your wreath.
After the filters have dried, take a paintbrush and paint the top edges with undiluted paint.
Easily the most important part of making a coffee filter wreath is the coffee filters!
Apple Barrel is one of my go-to paint brands. Plaid makes a good product. I can't remember the exact colors I used, but I did use Apple Barrel paints on my wreath.
To get the darker edges on the dyed coffee filter flowers you'll need more of the same paint, and paintbrushes of course!
You can speed drying time with a heat gun or hair dryer. But be careful. Coffee filters are thin, and can burn!
Cut Your Heart Out
There is no need to go out and buy an expensive heart shaped wreath form. You can easily cut your own from a piece on inexpensive foam core board ($1 and up). Or, if you have a cardboard box around the house that is large enough, even that will work just fine!
You will want to use something thick and sturdy though. Shipping boxes or Corrugated cardboard will work best. Cereal boxes won't hold up so well.
Draw your heart on whatever material you use, and cut it out with a strong pair of scissors or a craft knife. Then draw a second heart inside the first and cut it out. That will be the center of your wreath. The dyed filters will be attached to the remaining cardboard.
I did this craft using foam core board. You could also use some sturdy cardboard if you have some around your house.
If you're not crafty enough to get a good heart shape out of foam core or cardboard, there are forms you can purchase that are already heart shaped.
Foam core was the material I used to make my wreath with. Sure, it starts out flat, but once you get all the fluffy coffee filters on it then you cant even tell.
This straw wreath form gives you a heavier base. You would also have the option of pinning your coffee filters on instead of having to use glue.
In the following step I found that Hot Glue works best for an adult just because it is fast drying. If little hands are doing it, then you should use a glue like Elmers or Tacky glue.
Assemble your wreath.
Now that you have your wreath form ready, and your coffee filters dyed and dried, its time to put your wreath together.
Plug in your hot glue gun, you'll be using it a lot.
Take one filter, and fold it in half to make a semi-circle. Fold that in half to make a triangle shape. Then twist the pointy tip into a flat base while crumpling the top part into a crunch ball. Glue it to the outer edge of your wreath form.
Repeat with the next filter, and the next, until the outer edge is filled in. The closer together you put them, the fuller your wreath will look in the end. (and the more coffee filters you will need. My wreath took 160 filters)
Continue gluing filters to the form, working from the outside inward, until the whole thing is full of the filters. You will cover from the outer edge to the inner edge, but will not be gluing any filters to the back.
Use HOT glue for adults and teen crafters and quicker drying. Use tacky or white glue for little hands.
Hang Your Wreath
Now you get to hang your wreath and enjoy it!
Take a matching ribbon and hot glue, staple, or pin it to the back of your form. The Length here is up to you. I kept mine hidden behind the wreath itself, but you could make a longer ribbon with a nice bow at the top to hang it from as well.
The possibilitys are endless.
Once you've attached your hanger, take a moment to fluff out those filters that you crunched up while gluing them down. They should look like lovely flowers now!