My first coffee filter wreath! It’s a heart so it’s technically not a wreath but you know what I mean.
Most anyone who is crafty, blog or not, has done a coffee filter something, except me. While I was checking out Courtenay’s fabulous blog over at Creek Line House, I saw her beautiful coffee filter heart and was inspired. This is doable. So I gave it a whirl and this is my DIY Coffee Filter Heart:
This project was super easy, took about 30 minutes and I used supplies I already had in the house so cost $0. Love that!
There are plenty of tutorials out there but I thought I would share how I did mine. All of you crafty gurus out there, don’t laugh. Okay, you can snicker.
First up was cutting a heart shape from the top of a paper box. I just freehanded it and used the scissors from the junk drawer.
Everyone seems to use hot glue for these things but I really didn’t want to break out the glue gun so I used good old fashioned school glue, aka Elmer’s Glue.
The coffee filters got folded in half three times and glued to the cardboard cutout. No twisting the tip, just glued it down. I followed the outline of the heart. Some people start from the top or the bottom and go straight across. Either gives a nice look.
I continued to glue the filters on, filling in the space as much as possible. My placement was not exact, which hurt my OCD heart a little, but since this was my first attempt I tried several different ways. In some places my filter was a bit too long so I tore the tip off and glued it in where I thought it should go.
There were some small little spaces that were still bare.
Remember when we were in grade school and we would do the tissue paper art by putting little squares of tissue paper over a pencil eraser, dip them in glue and glue them to a cutout of a butterfly? That’s exactly what I did. I found a fat highlighter, gathered the filter over it, put some glue on there and poked it into those little bare spots.
As I went along I gently pressed down on the filters to make sure they were sticking.
Once it had reached a good thick fullness, I realized that the top of the heart was a little lopsided and not well defined. To fix – grab the scissors, flip it over and trim the filters to the length and shape desired.
After all was said and done this is what I ended up with.
I knew I wanted to hang it on the mirror in the foyer so I punched a couple of holes and attached a piece of leftover leather cord to the back.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think about my placement of the cord so . . . this was the result. Not the desired outcome. See my hanger?
A couple of scotch tape pieces later, and voila, no hanger showing.
(Yes, that’s my arm lol)
The cardboard curled a little because I was too impatient to let it lie flat to dry but it doesn’t bother me at all. For quick, easy, inexpensive Valentine’s Day decor you can’t beat it.
Let me know what you think.