Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coffee Filter Flowers...

I found this great tutorial on how to make coffee filter flowers over at Homework, today's assignment: be inspired . This was the PERFECT project to help use up all my old sized coffee filters that are useless to me now! I could have gone and bought silk flowers, but I really don't like spending money. I also could have gone and bought REAL flowers but again, I really don't like spending money...and they would die the first day, guaranteed! So, coffee filter flowers it is! I was surprised with how well they turned out actually. It helped bring a little life into my lifeless family room. Here's my own version of the tutorial!
1. Start with a stack of coffee filters...
2. I used anywhere from 6-10 coffee filters for one flower...I liked the difference in the fullness. So take your stack of filters and poke a hole in the middle. Over at Homework, she used wire. I didn't have any so I used the stems of old silk flowers that I don't and never will use again..

3. If you use something that isn't bendable, you have to fold the filters around the point and tape at the bottom. At this point it looks pretty tacky, but don't worry! It will eventually be beautiful! If you use a wire or pipe cleaner, just use enough wire to poke through, bend, then poke back through the filters again.

4. Start pulling apart the layers of the coffee filters...
 5. Once the layers are all pulled apart, start crinkling them up...not so much that it looks like a ball of garbage...but just enough so it doesn't look like a coffee filter. It's mostly about just trying stuff out and seeing what looks good to you.
6.Once done, it may or may not look like's your own craft so do it your way.
7. After you have all your flowers finished, arrange them in a pretty vase :) 
This project cost me $0 because I had all the supplies lying around. It took me about 30 minutes to complete. It was easy and fun, and I think it made a huge difference to the console table in my family room! Not to mention those awesome candle sticks that I got from Big Lots for $2.50 each :) 
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! 

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  1. Oh, those are so pretty! I love finding cute, inexpensive things to make instead of buying them!

    oh and I love, love, love those wall hangings behind the flowers!

  2. Thanks! That was one of my first DIY art projects for my house...they cost a little more than I would like, but I didn't know any better at the time haha.

  3. These are so cute! I might have to make some this weekend with my own spare filters that are still lingering around. :-) Your console table area is so darned cute--you should do a whole house tour!

  4. These are beautiful! I bought a pack of coffee filters the other day wanting to make a wreath with them, but I may try your flowers first! :)

  5. TFS! I have a stack of these and now I know what to do with them! I've made small versions of these for scrabooking embellishmets with tissue paper...but this is just so perfect to put out! TFS and TF checking out my blog! I'm following you now too!