Thursday, December 1, 2011

Coffee Filter Wreath

I have a love/hate relationship with snow.

I think it is absolutely one of the most beautiful things to WATCH. Sitting in your house-in your comfy pjs- the reflection of the Christmas tree lights in the window, a cup of hot chocolate-w/ mini marshmallow in your lap, Christmas music softly playing on the stereo, the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven...snow falling outside the window makes that whole scene perfection. It makes it feel like Christmas. I'm sorry if it doesn't snow where you live cause you are really missing out :).

But I HATE (more than I hate Christmas shopping on Christmas eve in a crowded mall) playing in it, driving in it, having it drench my freshly blow dried hair, and my frozen fingers and ears after I walk from the house to the mailbox and back. Buuuuuut I have kids. Which means I play in it, I drive in it, I never do my hair and I wear earmuffs, gloves and coats that make me look like the abominable snowman on steroids.

I've learned to deflect the kids pleads to build a snowman in the middle of a blizzard by saying, "Oh we HAVE to wait till daddy comes home because he would be SO sad if we made a snowman without him!!" Then they go outside and play with daddy, and I'm the one that's ready with the hot chocolate and cookies and warm snuggles on the couch when they come inside. It works, so I'm ok with it. The snow I mean.

I tell you all this 1. because it's on my mind because it's snowing today and 2. because I think my wreath looks like a snowball that exploded (from a stick of dynamite).

There are LOTS of coffee filter wreath tutes out there, but I loved the one from Little Miss Momma's blog. I've done felt wreaths, rag wreaths, yarn wreaths, and bean wreaths so for Christmas I wanted to get a little different and thought this style would be perfect for the season.

It is SOOOO simple and requires only 3 things and has only 3 steps:
-Styrofoam wreath form (mine's 12")
-coffee filters (I used 3 packs from the dollar store)
-Glue gun (I used about 5 sticks of glue)

1. Start by using a thick marker, highligher, etc (mine's a permanent marker) and fold the filter down around the top of it

2. put some hot glue on the flat part of the filter

3. Stick it to the wreath (the marker keeps your fingers from burning-great tip from LMM!) And that's it!

You can really do the placement of the filters however's easiest for you, but I did mine by doing one row at a time starting on the outer edge of the styrofoam and working my way up and in. For example, in the picture above, the flat styrofoam you can see is the back of the wreath- where it lays against the wall. I went all the way around the wreath till I got back to the first filter I put on and then started the next filter right above the first row.

I did three rows on the outside of the wreath and three rows on the front of the wreath. This picture is what it looked like with the 3 rows on the outside and 1 on the top.

Once the sides and top were filled, I flipped it over and did just one layer on the inside...

Since my front door is white/off white/creamish or something, I added a red bow (from the $store-where else?!) to make it stand out just a little. I also added a red ribbon to the back (just using straight pins) but I've since taken that off and just hung it on the hook because I don't like the way you can see the hook sticking out from the back.

And just in case you're thinking...that's not that big, here's a little visual proof. Compared to this wreath and this wreath, also hung here, you can tell this is insane. It gives the word 'fluffy' a whole new meaning. LMM's tutorial said to put the filters very close together but I think I took that a little too literally. If I did it again I think I would only do 2 rows on top and 2 rows on the sides, unfortunately hot glue isn't very forgiving! :)

Snow anyone????

P.S. My husband's only comment to this wreath was, "that would be really cool to light on fire." Then did some weird hand gesture and a sound effect and smiled. Seriously?! Some days I don't know how we're married.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you are taking time to enjoy the spirit of the season that comes just once a year! Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here Sunday where I'm kicking off the Creating Christmas week, as a co-host with The Girl Creative, (A WHOLE week-as in all 7 days) where there will be lots of Christmas goodies for you to come see! I have some GREAT guest posters lined up to help me out and I can't wait for you to see their projects!!!

Linking up to these great parties as well as:
UndertheTableandDreamingThe DIY Show Off


Angie said...

Wow! Love I must try it! ;) Thanks for sharing!!!

I found you on TT&J! I would love for you come by and join me by linking this up at my new "Create and Inspire" linky party! ;)

Angie from A Little Inspiration

Danielle said...

Oh my cuteness! I love this! it is such a full pretty wreath. I am going to feature this wreath this afternoon. Stop by and grab a button:>

Just Jaime said...

Love how full it is. Your husband's comment made me giggle!

Jessica :) said...

I love this wreath! Then again, I think I've loved every wreath I've ever seen you make. *sigh* {I really must find a good place to put my crafting stuff so that I can actually craft without having it take over our living space.} You are making me into a wreath lover! My hubby will be thrilled to learn the news. :) Actually, I think your hubby and mine sound very similar. What your guy said to you is something mine would totally think - but be too afraid to say out loud! :D
BTW, I'm excited for next week. I almost volunteered to help with the Christmas posting but finally decided I wouldn't have a lot to offer so I didn't. But I'm excited to see what everyone else has!

Whitney Reed Cypert@Keeping Up with the Cyperts said...

This is so pretty! I love it's simple colors but fluffy texture. So cute! Great job!

My Beautiful World said...

Oh this is just devine I would love this on my front, you are so talented I’ve never seen one like this made before, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Hope you have a lovely day my friend.

Always Wendy

Isa said...

You just made me laugh! Ahahahaha! Snowman on steroids?


Nice wreath:)

Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! said...

Beautiful wreath & I think the red bow adds a nice touch.

cnelson said...

So FUN!! LOVE it! Since all my wreaths went missing I'm going to have to do this!!

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

I love this! Pinned it.

Alissa@CraftyEndeavor said...

Looks great! I want to make a coffee filter wreath someday. I'm not sure if it'll happen, theres so many great wreath ideas out there!

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This looks really cute. I love the fullness! I have a ton of coffee filters. My new coffee maker doesn't take filters. This is a great idea for what to do with them. Thanks! Visiting from I'm Topsy Turvy

AmieAnn said...

Beautiful! Love its simplicity and that it could be a winter wreath and not just for Christmas..
Oh and you are soo not alone in sending Daddy outside to play in the snow.. I hate the cold and spending any extra time out in it just makes me a miserable Mommy!
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time :)

Kathy said...

OH patient woman...I LOVE this wreath!

marissa said...

what a cool idea I was just thinking that I needed a white wreath

busy little bee said...

Beautiful wreath. I got a good laugh at what your husband said. Thanks for sharing.

Jessie K said...

Wow, that's fluffy! I love snow about like you do! :) And I live in the North Pole of all places!! Your husband is hilarious, I'm sure mine would've said the same thing!

Here from a A Glimpse Inside.

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time!

Lianne said...

This looks awesome! I have made a coffee filter lamp shade but the wreath is pretty neat!!

I would love for you to link up more awesome stuff at my new link party starting every Monday and lasting throughout the week!

snap, craft & blog till your heart's {content} @ a content housewife {blog}


Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such a beautiful wreath.

I'd love it if you could link this project to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at ~

Anonymous said...

Your wreath caught my eye at Tater Tots & Jello's linky because I was putting a wreath on, too! :o)

Your wreath is lovely, and I like your blog (this is my first visit).

Liz @ said...

I love coffee filter wreaths! Almost, as much as I love snow (until January, and then it can disappear). I would love for you to show it off at Find YOur Craft Friday!

Katie said...

Wow! What a cool idea! :)

Lindsay said...

I really love this! SO much that I am going to be featuring it tomorrow on Southern Lovely!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

totally agree, love watching snow, but hate dealing with the realities of it. And I LOVE how close your filters are together, favorite coffee filter wreath ever- for sure. thanks for linking up every week to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea - what a woman you are to glue them all on - but it looks wonderful! I love how full it is - so cute! Thank you for linking up!

Alana Karl said...

i love your coffee filter wreath, i like the "fluffy-ness".

i 100% agree with you about snow. great to see and take pictures of, but no fun to actually deal with it.

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