The Coffee Filter Wreath

Just like opinions- everyone has one now, right?

Except me.

And I wanted one. I had plenty of material too since getting a Keurig machine for coffee making.

I was inspired by this totally gorgeous wreath at Jones Design Company.

{Jones Design Company}

I wanted to make mine more all-season friendly, so I decided to leave out the berries and such and use more muted colors. As for the method, I didn’t take any actual pictures during the process because I was sort of making it up (shocker, no?). I chose 3 pink paint colors (Folk Art, from AC Moore)-which I diluted and/or mixed until I got a color I liked. I had 3 plastic cups that I mixed various colors in. Then I dunked each filter in a color, squeezed it out, and hung it up to dry. I’d add brown or more pink to change the color of the paint water as I continued dying the filters. For the light creamy ones, I used strong brewed tea. To get a cool natural gradient look you can use a paint brush to dab different colors on the edges of the filter.

Once the filters were dry (which didn’t take as long as I thought it would), I began making the flowers. I followed the above tutorial exactly (which was a new way of making flowers for me!).***Update: My flower making tutorial can be seen here*** Instead of my usual foam wreath form, I decided to try one of the floral wire ones (like these at Save on Crafts).

I wrapped it in strips of burlap (that I had on hand) secured with hot glue, and it worked perfecftly! Bonus: it’s like 1/4 the price of the same size styrofoam wreath. Then I began gluing the flowers on, clustering some colors in certain areas, but also keeping it a bit random. It didn’t take long for it to really come together and look amazing. I finished it off with a wide green ribbon that I got on clearance at Michael’s. The Dollar Tree is a great place to find ribbon as well.

Right now this beauty is in my booth, but if no one snatches it up I’ll be bringing it home with me!

Comments

  1. This wreath is gorgeous! I’m impressed! The colors are very sophisticated!

  2. It is beautiful! I love the colors! :)

  3. OK. That totally does not look like coffee filters! It is beautiful! You did a great job!

  4. I love your wreath! It is more beautiful than the inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I would have never thought that it was made of coffee filters! Brilliant idea to dye them.

  6. I LOVE THIS! The color screams spring!

  7. Definitely LOVE this and want to do – however, which tutorial showed you how to make the flowers?

    • rachaelevans says:

      Debbie- Click on the image of “autumn wreath” to be taken to that post :)

      • dorris maynard says:

        This is truly gorgeous! Simple but beautiful. I can see doing this wreath for every season. I am not creative by nature but this really inspired me. i look forward to viewing your other projects. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      • I am making one of these this weekend, I cannot wait till it is done, I am really excited!! trial and error, I dis figure out an easier way to make the flowers, I am very pleased at how this is turning out! thanks for the pin :)

  8. Amazing job!

  9. Love the color choices……. How much are you asking for it in your booth? Do you ship? thanks.

  10. I saw this on Pinterist. I really like the colors! I usually just see these in natural.

  11. Absolutely Gorgeous! LOVE!!!! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to make this!

  12. I would be interested in pricing and possible shipping as well. I am located in MA. Thanks!

  13. very pretty!!! just pinned it for later….

  14. These are very beautiful . Do you sell them and what is shipping cost.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  15. Found you via Pinterest – can I honestly say that your wreath is even prettier than the inspiration (sorry, don’t mean to hurt Jones Design’s feelings)? Well it is! Love the colors and the faded look. Thanks for your tutorial – now I need to pin it for myself!

  16. I love this! Most coffee filter wreaths I’ve seen are too bulky and “tight”. But I love the way this is loose, colorful and fun!

  17. The colors make this look amazing!! Great job!

  18. I would LOVE to order a couple!!!!

  19. i want to make this, well technically, two…. i want to make a 30 for my inlaws anni party that i am planning.. i absolutely love how this looks tho. any pointers would be greatly appreciated. also i looked for the flower tutorial and couldn’t find it…

  20. Chandra Thomas says:

    FYI, you can make your own foam wreath forms for 97 cents at the hardware store. Here’s the link I found on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/pin/174162710559457213/
    (copied from the link/ GOOD TO KNOW: a great tip for making a wreath: go to the plumbing department at Home Depot and grab a six foot long piece of foam tubing for $.97!! snip the length you want and duct tape the ends together.)

  21. Do you have the tutorial on how to make the flowers up? I tried to find it but for some reason it won’t bring it up. I LOVE this! I’m an artist. I paint children’s art for a living but I also bust out some other artsy things as well. I would LOVE to make one of these for my house! Thank you!!!

  22. This is gorgeous! I actually like your version much better than the original!! We to have a Keurig (how awesome is it?!) so I’m gonna have to buy coffee filters to make one but I’m thinking it would be so cute in my coming daughter’s nursery in the pinks and grays I’m using! Thanks for sharing! :)

  23. How many coffee filters did it take for this one? Any idea?

    • rachaelevans says:

      Rachelle- It’s hard to recall, I used 3 stacks from a bag we had…must have been a large pack. I honestly have never bought coffee filters, so I don’t know what quantities they come in. I’m planning on making another one, and I’ll keep better track and update the post. Sorry!

  24. This is such a cool and creative idea! I featured this on my blog yesterday.

    -Erin
    diyonthecheap.blogspot.com

  25. I’m in the process of making it right now, and the colors aren’t coming out as strong as yours did. They all come out very light. I keep adding paint but it’s not making much of a difference. How did you get them to dye so well? Thanks for the help in advance! =)

    • rachaelevans says:

      April- What colors are you using (definitely use saturated colors, not pastel)? I used quite a bit of paint and not much water to get dark colors. I also like to paint them on a stack of newspaper versus dunk them. Next week I’ll be posting pictures of my method, but for now I’d try adding less water and possible trying food colors instead. Hope that helps!

  26. This is gorgeous and these are my wedding colors…. Would be a great centerpiece on a smaller scale with a large candle in the center!! Just wish I could duplicate the colors perfectly!

  27. Can I purchase on of these? Do you ship them?

  28. I so love this, makes me wish I had a coffee machine, just to make this lovely wreath :)

  29. This looks beautiful! I was amazed at how easy it was to make the flowers (did a trial one without painting it. I went full scale and was going to make two wreaths (one for my mom & one for my mother-in-law). Holy crap! These took forever to dry (I now see that you did say 30 minutes each). They take quite a while to make each individual flower too. Kudos to you! I’m half way done with my first one after spending most of Sunday painting & starting the process.

    I linked to your site & credited your idea, if that’s okay!
    http://ugacrafts.blogspot.com/2012/04/coffee-filter-wreaths.html

  30. Becky Bear says:

    Hi! I would love to purchase a wreath exactly like this from you! I love it! Are you taking orders? Let me know!
    Thanks!

  31. Absolutely stunning! I would love to make one. I bought a Costco sized package of coffee filters ages ago just to make something like this…hope I can pull it off!

  32. Melissa says:

    I made this and it is so beautiful! I have gotten a ton of positive feed back! And I do a lot of wreaths with yarn and such and I use pool noodles!! I cut them, hot glue the ends together and while I’m holding it together for the glue to dry my hubby duct tapes the crap out of it in that area! Works great and noodles are only a dollar at the dollar tree!!

  33. Could you also get the scented oil and make this wreath a scented wreath or does that change how the filters absorb the color?

  34. Hi I was just wondering why the wire form instead of the foam and if it made any difference? Both are cheap but I don’t have burlap available and don’t know how pricey it would be?
    Thanks Nancy

    • rachaelevans says:

      Nancy- You could use any wreath form you like. The wires ones were just a lot cheaper in the large size here, and I hoard burlap like it’s going out of style :)

  35. Suzanne Lazenby says:

    I am in love with your wreath!!!! I wish that I was as talented as you. You are amazing. :) Do you sell them?

  36. Would you be willing to share the colors that you used on this wreath? I just bought some fall colors to try this with but would love to know what colors you used.

    Thank you!

    • rachaelevans says:

      Mary- I would love to share, but I basically mixed all the colors from some pinks, reds, and browns…nothing straight from the bottles. That’s my favorite way :) Peachy pinks and taupe-y pinks are what I started with I think, then I added more red or brown to create different shades. All of the colors are the little $1-$2 bottles from the craft store.

  37. Started mine yesterday, the flowers are a little time consuming but worth it! Mine is a variety of purple hues, I started really light in color (once the color dries its a lot lighter than the color in the bowl you mix). I’m super excited to finish it! Thank you for inspiring me!

    • rachaelevans says:

      It took me about 10 hours total I think…good luck :)

      • Thanks! Its taken me days since I can only work on it between work, kids’ school, soccer practice and everything else I take on. It will be worth the wait…I actually will start putting flowers on the wreath this weekend! :)

  38. Are you still making this wreath? I would love to order one!

    • Rachael Evans says:

      Brianna- I can make the wreath, but no one who has ever inquired has actually ordered one. I think the shipping is cost prohibitive, and I’ve been quoting $50 because it takes me MANY hours to make one. With how little it costs to make in materials, I would definitely attempt it yourself! If you’re still interested, shoot me an email. Thanks!!

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    The Chicken Chick

  40. Finished mine today, took about 19 hrs from painting to the bow. I used a pool noodle that I cut length wise then in half. Urs is amazing and mines ok looking lol. Is there an easier way to make the flowers that u don’t have to cut? And I had issues hot gluing the flowers to the wreath, they didn’t want to stay in place, any tips?

    • Rachael Evans says:

      Jennie- I’m not sure of another way to make the flowers (generally I’m pretty bad at paper crafts…I have to really love it to try it haha). What kind of colors did you use? I think making flowers in natural colors helps with the realistic factor. Sometimes I find that hot glue doesn’t do well with styrofoam/foam…did you try a high temp gun?

  41. SUPER cute. I’m loving the idea of muti (yet still classy) colors!

  42. Hi, I love this and am going to try and make one this Christmas :) just out of interest, what brand/type of coffee filters did you use? Thankyou!

  43. vintagefairie says:

    I appreciated your pictures, your directions and the link that you followed. I had a lot of fun making one. I learned a lot and can’t wait to make another one. I like how open your flowers are. Did you do anything special in the wrapping process to create that look? Mine were either tightly wound or huge! Here is a link to my completed wreath, sans bow, on Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/pin/300474606358664875/ Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  44. I am loving this so much I have to ask what colors you used for your paints? Or were they just three little pink colors?;)

    • Rachael Evans says:

      I’m sorry, I can’t remember the exact colors but I used a few pinks/corals and added brown and red in to make unlimited shades!

  45. Vicki Bailey says:

    I love this! Will definitely try to make one!

  46. Thanks so much for this! I made a wreath as well using a yellow and a bit of green… those two colors diluted differently and mixed have me a ton of variety for merry l my wreath! I used both white and Brown filters and the Brown ones came out beautifully saturated and earthy and the white gives brightness. Wonderful!
    Thanks so much again!

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