I’ve been wanting to make one of these incredible wreaths for ages now. I’ve even bought the coffee filters several times, but I ended up using them to make coffee. Priorities, people.
I just couldn’t muster up the motivation until I saw The Nester’s glorious creation last week. I totally copied her (and everyone else). But in my defense, mine is brown (not white) and thereby worthy of it’s own post. Because I said so.
I love how it came out with the brown filters. The Hubster says it looks like a giant sea creature…maybe a sponge or an anemone (totally had to google that). But I love it anyway.
I won’t reinvent the wheel and do a big tutorial. The Nester did a fine job explaining the process. Fold your filters. Glue your filters. Repeat and repeat. I used around 300 filters but could have gotten away with 200. Tutorial done.
But I will give you a couple of tips that I think might be helpful if you want to do this project.
- Leave your wreath form flat on the table while you’re gluing on the filters. Otherwise, you may go too far around the back of the form and use way more filters than you need.
- If you want to err on the side of using too few or too many filters, go with too few. You can always add more later.
- Don’t attempt this project if you’re overly attached to your fingertips. You WILL scald them.
- If you have a low-melt glue gun, use it. You’ll still scald your fingertips, but the glue sets faster and when you’re gluing hundreds of filters that makes a difference.
- If you have little people hanging around wanting to help, put them to work. Their little, sticky fingers are perfect for separating the filters. That’s the most maddening part of the project.
My last of advice…Once you start, you MUST push through to the end. About 1/3 of the way through, you’ll hate it and think it looks ridiculous. I almost threw the whole mess away several times. But keep going. It all comes together in the end.
I can definitely leave this wreath out year-round. But I’m thinking for Christmas that I’ll jam some little ornaments in there.