Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial (sorta)

Here is the issue…..

My natural tendency is to find the path of least resistance.  My Mom has insisted over the last three decades what I call “selective engagement” goes by another term – lazy. I don’t think I am lazy per say, just prudent with my time. The real issue is that I have a hard time redoing something especially if the original was well done.  I know that many of you have sent me messages asking for a tutorial on exactly how I created my coffee filter wreath but truth be told, I just winged it.  I apologize if that response sounds annoying, but honestly when I got stuck, I did a quick internet search on “coffee filter wreaths” and found a multitude of savvy DIYers who had already done multiple tutorials.

I make a SUCKY tutor!!

Picture courtesy of: untoldentertainment.com 

One tutorial that I found quite helpful was Tanda Plain & Tall as she was quite detailed in her pictures of the process.  Another great wreath tutorial can be found on Our Daily Chocolate  because she approached the project completely differently and used staples!  What I am getting at is there is no “right or wrong” way to approach this craft project. These two examples illustrate just how differently you can approach this project and still end up with a fantastically beautiful end product.  I just don’t see how me adding yet another DIY tutorial, a probably a convoluted one at that, would be beneficial to anyone especially when so many great tutorials already exist!

Believe me when I say you don’t need no stinkin’ tutorial to do this project!  So my friends, trust your instincts!  And so what if you make a mistake…..it’s coffee filters and glue!!!  Rip off the offending filters  and start over.  Crafting is about having fun and playing.  I have found that my best creations have been when I tossed caution to the wind and went off the “play book”.   Crank up the iPod, uncork a bottle of vino (or equally attractive nonalcoholic beverage if you don’t drink) and fire up your glue gun.   All you got to lose is time, glue, a few coffee filters and potentially the two top layers of skin on your index finger (yup, my right index finger is still numb!). 

 But don’t feel that I am leaving you hanging in the wreath department.   I promise that tomorrow I will be posting a super easy, awesome and nonconvoluted DIY tutorial on how to create your own festive (and inexpensive) grapevine wreath.  Yup, I got more wreath ideas than you can shake a stick at!

Ring Around the Coffee Filter…..

What does this formula get you?  Figure it out and I will give you a nice shiny new penny…….

300 Coffee Filters

3.5 Glue Sticks

2 Burned Fingers

 

Graphic Credit: gerardnadal.com

4 Hours


1 Coffee Filter Wreath

 

Coffee Filter Wreath

I am really pleased with how this project came out.  I can’t stress how easy this project was in relation to how it looks.  If you don’t mind the occasional hot glue burn and some mind numbing repetition, anyone can do this craft project.  I have to thank Nichole over at Parlour for giving me the inspiration for this project.  Her fantastic DIY light fixture got me thinking that if she could do that with a $5 paper lantern, I could do the same concept but on a wreath form.  After a quick search of the net, I found that I was not alone in my concept and several other bloggers had attempted the project to varying degrees of success.  So armed with the knowledge that the worst I could do was end up with a life time supply of coffee filters, I ventured down to my local Dollar Store to pick up the supplies.  I returned with 320 coffee filters, a wicker wreath form and the reality that this project was going to take me longer than I anticipated.    However, at a total cost of $3, I figured I was game for the challenge.

I started Sunday afternoon on the project.  A cup of coffee (insert pun here), sunlight cascading into the kitchen and cabaret music streaming on my laptop.  I was in a happy mood….life was good:

 

Doesn't this look like a happy place to be crafting?

 

About 1.5 hours into the project....still in a happy place.

 

And then the darkness set in.....

I realized about the point above that the wicker form was not a good option for this project.  Due to its twisting nature, I couldn’t create a “master row” of coffee filter rosettes and then work out from there.  Further, I realized that I started fairly” loosey goosey” and then got tighter as I went applying the rosettes, so one side was slightly higher/fluffier than the other.  Annoyed, I stopped for the day and went had lunch because the prospect of redoing 1.5 hours of work just made me want to drink.

The wreath sat untouched until Thursday.  Now having ample free time on my hands (see reason here) I decided to finish the project.  It took about 2.5 more hours and several choice curse words after burning my fingers, but I figured out how to rectify the imbalance and create symmetry.  The secret was to apply the rosettes on a diagonal working with the contour of the wicker rather than against it.  It took about 2 rows to get the hang but after that,  but after that it was smooth sailing.  I finished the wreath in about two hours and spent a half hour filling out “holes” in the wreath for a fuller look.  As I said, aside from the inability to feel  anything in two of my fingers and slight brain atrophy, I really liked this project.

Originally I thought it would grace a wall in my living room, but I am thinking it may serve a more unconventional role in  my holiday decor.  Any guesses?  Leave a comment and if you guess correctly, there may be a special little holiday surprise in it for you. And no, it won’t be a shiny new penny – Geesh I am frugal but not THAT cheap!

Now That I Have a Little Free Time…..

I think I can officially say that I have a little more free time on my hands now.  I am hoping to channel all of this extra time and energy into some projects including:

  • Finishing up the guest bathroom – HELLO mirror trim!
  • Starting holiday presents – HELLO salted caramels and chocolate cashew bark
  • Finding a dog – HELLO Oakland SPCA
  • Writing a novel – HELLO Hell-to-the-no!  (that was a joke!)

However, what isn’t a joke and what I REALLY need to nail down is the tablescape for New Years Eve.  I  am hoping to have a few people over for a low-key celebration especially since The Partner’s cousin, Jenn will be joining us on her break from college.  I have this vision in my head and I am challenging myself to see if I can do at least 90% of it from the Dollar Store and thrift stores.  Second, even though we are not spending Christmas here in California (New Jersey here we come!  Let the jokes commence), I want to at least do a small holiday vignette.  Fortunately, the lovely ladies over at Living Livelier have invited me to participate in their holiday blogger open house.  I am going to use the vignette as my post, so it sorta lights a fire under my behind to really get started in earnest.

I am thinking of using my coffee filter wreath as the basis for the design….well that is use it once I finish the darn thing.

Ok, this wreath is going through coffee filters like John Mayer goes through girls.....

So today, my focus is to really push to get the wreath done and sketching out the overall layout of the vignette.  But first, all this talk about coffee filters has made me realize that I have not had my morning java.  Okay, time for a Starbucks run……..