This is my version of the Coffee Filter Wreath. I did some research online and came up with my own version. All the leaves I made were prefect for this project. List of supplies I used:
- Leaves that I made
- Coffee filters ( I used 150-200)
- Cardboard (I used 12 x 12 backs from paper packs
- Foam Wreath for my circle
- Re-inkers (barn red, cranberry, sunset, Autumn terracotta)
- Container to put inks and coffee filters
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Burlap ribbon, twine
To color the coffee filters I put the ink and water in a container to make the color I wanted. You don't need much. Put the filters in the container upside . They soak up the dye quickly. If you want a darker color around the top of filters add just a small amount of ink and water. Filters will dry lighter. To get the brown color I used old strong tea. I couldn't find the natural color ones. Using them would save some time. To dry I just tossed mine in the dryer for a few mins. They may be a little wrinkled but all you have to do is just lay them out and fold them. The fold I used was; fold in half, then in half again, then in half again. Then I set them aside.
To make my frame I used cardboard from paper packs (off the backs) I traced my shape using a foam wreath. I make three and glued them together. I used a glue gun to attach the filters to the frame. When you glue them, just glue the tips (pointed ends) because you will have to pull them up when you get close to the end.
I kinda started in the center and then put one filter on each edge. As I added filters I over lapped them so that only a small part (of the one under it) showed (1/4" to 1/2 ") Decide where you want the colored "flowers" to go and add them in. When you get to the end where filters meet you will have to bring the filters up an add the rest of the filters until wreath is full. Once all the filters are on just fluff them up until you get the fullness and shape you want
Once your wreath is finished, you then add your leaves. I made groups of them and glued them together and then added the to the wreath. I added my burlap ribbon to make a hanger then added the bow. I also made a bow out of twine and added it on top of the burlap bow, Thought I was finished and a day later I decided I wanted a banner.
I hope these instructions will help you if you decide to give this a try. You could also use real leaves and fall things you can find around this time of the year. Also you could use artificial leaves and fall items from your local store. Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this post or if you have any questions. I would love for you to follow my blog and like this post. Keep crafting my friends and most of all......Be Curious!
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