A Big Chunky Plumpy Funky Round Somethin’ Somethin’ Wreath {coffee filter wreath}


Do you remember my Acorn Wreath FAIL?!

Well, I told ya I had other plans for the wreath form… And this one is definitely NOT a FAIL.

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Why yes, yes that is a Coffee Filter Wreath!

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These things have been popping up all over the internet, but my inspiration came from none other than The Nester herself. {LOVE that girl and her blog!}

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Melissa (Inspired Room), Me, and The Nester {woop, woop!}

She gives a great play-by-play on exactly how to make the wreath, but I’ll go ahead and give one as well, ’cause I’m nice like that, Fo’ shizzle.

First I took my pathetic broken wreath and covered it in some raffia paper to make it more sturdy and easier to hot glue on.

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Now it’s time to prep for the coffee filters.

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This 200 count pack of filters is a joke. I actually went back to Target and got another 200 count pack of filters, AND THEN I WENT BACK again and bought a 500 count pack of filters. In the end I’d guess I used about 650 coffee filters. This wreath was extreme, lemme tell you.

Once you have your wreath wrapped in raffia and you have your filters and hot glue, take several filters and flatten them out and glue them along the back. You don’t really have to do this, but I knew I was going to hang the wreath on a mirror, so I wanted the back to be white and not brown in the reflection of the mirror.

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Now it’s time for the horribly long and tedious FUN process of gluing the filters on!! yippie! And I only ended up with THREE huge hot glue blisters on my hands. :) Seriously, for some reason I burned myself more on this project than on any other project to date.

Okay, so take your filter and fold it in half. Make sure to only crease the center where you are going to glue, not the edges that will be seen. Now fold it in half again. This is what you are going to glue down 650 times in a row.

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Now start hot-gluing. I found out through trial and error that it is much easier and prettier if you keep them all uniform in a row as you glue. I tried to get all fancy and turned them at random angles, but in the end it didn’t look right in those spots.

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I probably could have finished this thing in a day if I stuck with it for hours and hours, but I just worked on it here and there in my free time so it took me a week or more to get ‘er done.

Finally I’m getting close to being done.

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On a scale from 1 to 10, making the wreath was probably about a 4. It wasn’t hard at all. It was just very repetitive, time consuming, and I burnt the hell out of my hands several times.

Also, I didn’t really think this one through before I started, so once I was finished I realized I didn’t attach any type of hanger or anything. Not that big a deal. I just got some floral wire, wrapped it around my fingers a few times, then twisted it together to form an “o”. After that I hot glued it to the back and let it dry.

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Here’s the back of the wreath. Oh, one more thing that I didn’t take a picture of (doh!), when you are done, you will need to trim the wreath with a pair of scissors so that all the filters are the same height. Just imagine you are grooming a dog.

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And, like OMG, I’m done! I can’t believe it.

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I am actually quite smitten with it.

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The wreath is CHUNKY! But it’s okay, I like Chunky! I like ‘em big, I like ‘em chunky. I like ‘em big, I like ‘em plumpy. I like ‘em round, with somethin’ somethin’. They like my sound, they think I’m funky…

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{Yes, yes that is my daughter GLUED to the TV. And it’s not even summer yet. We are just practicing for the long hot months.}

These wreaths were popular over the Winter, but I think it looks perfect for Spring as well. And I’ve got one more awesomely cool project in the works with the remainder of my 250 filters. Hopefully I’ll finish soon so I can show it off to you.

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This wreath and mirror are about to find a new home somewhere in my home {sniff} because I have something even more crazy tight about to go up over my fireplace that I’m so excited about I can hardly stand it.

And now, to save myself about 25 emails asking about other items in the photo, here are all the deets on everything else you see:

* Wall Color: around firelpace – Slate by Restoration Hardware, either side wall – Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart.
* Black Candlesticks: Target clearance
* Candles: Wal-Mart
* Ampersand: Goodwill
* Big Mirror: mine from this post
* Green Plant & Pot: IKEA
* Yellow Vase and sticks: From this post
* Black pleather chest: Target clearance
* white tray: Target clearance
* plant & pot inside tray: IKEA
* green candle holder: Goodwill (also seen in this post)
* rectangle red pillow is from this post

Have a great weekend!!

Check back bright and early Saturday morning for an awesome giveaway {hint: it involves a gift card and 100 smackaroos!! woot!}

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Comments

  1. Well, even if your first one didn’t turn out so lovely, this second one looks awesome! I LOVE wreaths on mirrors. In fact, I have a bit of an obsession with wreaths, just ask my husband. :) Great job!

  2. I got that Madagascar reference! My son is a huge fan! I love this wreath!! I plan on doing something similar with my lampshade. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks Awesome!! I just made one for my office from the brown filters. When I told my son it was made from coffee filters he asked if they were used? lol He didn’t know that they come white or brown!!

    Glad your wreath evolved into something that works for you!

  4. That is one awesome chunky wreath!!! I can not believe that it took that many coffee filters! Love it!!!

  5. Love the coffee filter wreath! It looks great!

  6. What magic have you used, woman? Is it just me, or does it look like your wreath is mysteriously FLOATING on the mirror and not hanging? Maybe I should put my glasses on and look again once I am not legally blind. Almost. Almost legally blind. And also, thanks for getting Madagascar stuck in my head. My son went through a phase where the only thing he would watch was either Ratatouille or Madagascar 2. I can quote the entire thing forwards and backwards. But I don’t normally brag about that. If you ever decide it is TOO big & chunky for you, send it my way. :] I would totally make that wreath if I had the patience to glue that many coffee filters down.

  7. Looks GORGEOUS!!!!! LOVE it!!

  8. LOVE! I just shared on my facebook page. So great. I made a natural colored one a while back, and it’s still up, and people still compliment it! yours is HUGE and GORG!

  9. Girl, this is awesome! You did a fantastic job!!
    By the way, I’m your newer follower! Nice to “meet” you :-)

  10. That is like a Bichon Frise attached to a mirror! I LOVE it!

  11. I love this wreath. I’m totally going to try it this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration (and tutorial)!

  12. Looks FABULOUS!! Makes me want to make one for over my fireplace. I’m like you….I work on it when I can, especially with the long projects like this.
    I’m kind of new to your blog, and you have probably mentioned this before, but are you in Texas? Noticed the brand of coffee filters looks to be from HEB?
    I’m a Texas girl, too!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    {HUGS}!

  13. Tanya Stansberry says:

    I would have had no idea it took that many filters! Oh my goodness! Looks great.

  14. Turned out great!!!!!

  15. Like they say, everything is bigger in Texas. Even the coffee filter wreaths!

  16. I’m lovin’ it! I hve been wanting to make one, after seeing your…I NEED one! It looks awesome!

  17. I love your wreath! So fluffy and screaming of Spring! Worth the blisters, in my humble opinion. ;-)

  18. Wicked cute! Love it!

  19. hey, at least it looks great! :) i hope your hand heals quickly LOL

  20. I love your wreath. It is so full and lush. I have to tell you, when I saw the thumbnail pic at Someday Crafts, I thought it was a big faux powdered sugar donut. You can tell where my mind is forever stuck-food!

  21. GORGEOUS! It is so full and luscious!

    I just made coffee filter lamp shades and LOVE them. I also made a wreath but I made it out of 7 coffee filter flowers and a wire clothes hanger… to be shown on my blog next week. ;)

    Thanks for linking to sugar & spice!

  22. I love how full and tight your coffee filters are! Your coffee filter wreath is one of my most favorite filter wreaths I’ve seen ! PRETTTY!

  23. I have to make one of those for the place we are moving into this week! It is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh Allison, Your wreath is so much better than mine. lol. Thanks for linking up. :)

    Toni
    A Bowl Full of Lemons

    ps I want to make a white one for my daughters room.

  25. OH MY goshh you are soo so so creative!! This turned out amazing! I also love that you posted the “fail” picture..totally my style ;) So glad I clicked on your link from Tip Junkie

    Delighted Momma

  26. This is great! Will try making one very soon. But can you dye the coffee filters to get another shade?

  27. I am not saying your wreath looks bad, but when I came across it on one of the link parties the small pic made me think of a powdered donut. I guess you could make this for a donut party. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  28. Oh my gosh! I love love love it! I want one, but I do not have the patience!
    gail

  29. This is beautiful – it looks so soft – I want to touch it!! I just added it to my pinterest site so hopefully a lot of people will find it!!

  30. I’ve only been wanting to make this for two years! I’m finally getting around to it for V-day. How did you attach your wreath to the mirror?

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