Natural Coffee Filter Wreath

by Kimba on November 17, 2010

in Do it yourself,Seasonal Projects

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Don’t attempt this project if you’re overly attached to your fingertips. You WILL scald them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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1 Holly November 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

I’ve seen these everywhere also and I’ve been wanting to make one. I bought white filters and started it but then decided I didn’t really like the white for my house and decided to go with the natural filters. Fortunately, I had only used straight pins to attach the filters so I can pull them all out. (No burnt fingertips) Going to buy the natural filters today. Yours is just beautiful!
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2 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’ve actually have never seen this before. I love all natural it looks.

Its looks very beachy ­čÖé

3 Jena @ Involving Color November 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Love this! I really like the brown vs. the white that is usually done.

4 Nadir@StitchSense November 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

I love the brown one! It would look great to have out all year long ­čÖé Very pretty!

5 Stephanie@cre8tive November 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

I love the texture of a coffee filter wreath, and this one is awesome with the brown color. Thanks for the tips, they really help, I love learning from other people’s mistakes because I make plenty of my own, I don’t need to add to it!

6 sondra November 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

I applaud your “sticking” with it! Love it!
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7 Heather November 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

Looks great! I kinda agree with your hubby, looks somewhat like a coral wreath to me but it’s beautiful. Props to you for being patient and seeing it through to the end!

8 erin @ the little apartment November 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

I really like this in the warm tones. It transitions from fall to winter seamlessly (:
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9 Allison November 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

Looks great! Aren’t coffee filter wreaths beautiful?! I have a white one with the tips tinted orange. I made one that looked just like yours for my etsy store and it sold in a matter of hours. Glad you took the time to make one!
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10 Kimba November 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I just popped over to look at your orange tinted wreath. It’s adorable! And I love the yarn wreaths in your etsy shop.

11 Marion November 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

I have also never seen these before! I love this brown version, and also love that it sounds like a project that you can pick up and put down…no rush in the completion!

Thanks for sharing it!

12 Shones November 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

Oh my goodness… I want to make one in turquoise! This is so pretty, and it immediately reminded me of trips to the NC coast. I’m thinking about how I might be able to put this onto a large canvas of some sort for a huge textural impact in my living room…

13 melanie November 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm


14 Jamie Schulz November 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Such a great idea! Can you sum up for me how many hours it took you to do that? It looks time consuming.
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15 Kimba November 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I’d say it took about 1-1/2 hours. Not too bad.

16 bluecreekhome November 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I do love the look of yours using the natural filters.
I made on using white and my family wants me to wear it like a collar so everyone would know that I won the Kentucky Derby!!!

17 Kimba November 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

YES! Please do that! And take a picture! ­čÖé

18 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe November 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Looks great! Is it just me, or does the first photo totally show a hint of a smiley face in it?! ­čÖé


19 Kimba November 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

OK. That’s hilarious!

20 B November 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Love the wreath & I have a very similar chair! Looks great!

21 Annie November 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I too have seen these everywhere but haven’t had the courage to make one. How long did it take you? Great job, it looks fantastic.

22 Heathahlee November 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I love it. I’ve actually wanted to make one, too. I keep forgetting to pick some filters up. Duh. : )
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23 west coast nester November 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I have made a ton of these and mine looks totally different. How funny that by the size of the wreath form and the amount of filters a totally different look can be accomplished. Thank you for inspiring.

24 Jena November 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I made one of these last week with the natural coffee filters…it’s the PERFECT fall wreath. It took me two 1-hour long Ti-voed shows to make. My tip is instead of folding the filters, push down the middle and pinch/twist to make a little “flower” with the coffee filter. Then glue each tip of the flower as closely as possible. It makes it uniformly random (umm, yes) and very full and luscious.

I love the idea of painting the edges (pre wreath making) to add a little texture. I’ve also seen similar wreaths made with decorative cupcake cups!

25 Kimba November 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Oh! Great tip!

26 Southern Gal November 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I loved Nester’s white one, but this one will actually go with my decor. Thanks for the tips. So I’m off tomorrow to buy about 200 natural coffee filters.
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27 darcy @ m3b November 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

It’s lovely. Really.

28 Annette November 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

I love it! Thanks for the personal tips. I would probably stop after 1/3 finished if it didn’t look like yours. Off to buy filters:)

29 Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam November 18, 2010 at 8:42 am

Yea….good for you. I would have thrown it out and not pushed through too. ANd yes, your hubby is correct. It does look like a sea creature thing, but it’s GORGEOUS. LOVE the brown. Perfect in that room. ­čÖé
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30 Karena November 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Kimba I love this and it is exactly the kind of wreath I want to make this year!! Great job girl!!

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31 cheryl November 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

you are funny.
I like that yours is done with the brown filters. I think small glittery styrofoam balls would look great set into it for Christmas or even those snowflake ornaments that are made out of wood. Target always has some cool ornaments like that for just $1.
Thanks for sharing.
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32 Mary November 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

I am a new follower.
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33 Donna November 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Hey Kimba!
I bought all of my supplies for this project a few weeks ago and I keep putting it off!! I’m determined to get it done this weekend! Yours looks so pretty. I love the natural color, I bought the white one’s so we’ll see how it comes out! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family!
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34 Misty December 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

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