I know I don’t usually post on the weekend, but with Valentine’s Day coming up soon I wanted to share a project I did before it was too late!
A little while ago I posted about my coffee filter wreath, and some of you had questions about the process of making the flowers. I did get the tutorial here, but I thought I’d post some pictures of me making them as well.
First, gather your supplies:
- Coffee Filters
- Paint (color/s of your choice)
- Clothes Line and Pins
- Plastic Cups
- Paint Brush
- Masking Tape (1″ or 1 1/2″)
- Hot Glue
- Wreath or other form of your choice
To dye your coffee filters, mix up your paint in the plastic cups. I usually use about a 1 tsp to 1 tbs amount of paint and a few splashes of water to get something saturated enough to leave color. But really it’s just about experimenting with the paint/water ratio until you get the color you desire.
I lay a stack of newspapers on the counter and paint the filters with a brush.
I like to make up about 20-30 and hang to dry on a line in my house from my the kitchen to the hallway. I change up the paint color each time I go back to paint another set.
It looks kinda pretty, right? Like bunting.
After they dry-about 30 minutes- gather your tape and scissors. You can change the size of the flower by using more or less filters, but I use 3 for most of my flowers.
Fold them in 4 to make a cone shape, then cut as shown below:
When you open it up, you should have 3 small circles and 3 rings. Cut the rings open on one side.
Next get a strip of tape about 14″ long. Grab one of your small circles and twist like you’re making a figure 8. These will become the center of your flower.
After you’ve put your 3 centers on the tape, attach the rings to the tape like ruffles. You really don’t have to be perfect, just create some interest in your “petals.”
Overlap the sections a little bit when you add a new piece on until all 3 rings have been placed on the tape. Rip off any excess tape.
Then starting with the “center” roll the tape onto itself to create a flower. You have a lot of control here over the shape, so just play around with it until you like what you have.
Now, repeat as necessary! For anyone who wonders how many filters these kind of projects take, I bought packs of 200. For the wreath I used about 175 and for this project a little less.
Hot glue your flowers to the form of your choice, I decided to make a heart so I cut one out of a cardboard box
And here it is complete on my Valentine’s Day foyer buffet.
I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s Day, but I was inspired by my heart project and gathered some things around the house to put it all together. It started with my fat quarter table runner instead of my usual burlap.
I found this cute printable here and put it in a frame.
Some faux berries still hint at winter, which really only just showed up today.
That white bird is a Goodwill find, I’ll show you how he looked before I sprayed him with white glossy paint in another post (let’s not spoil the “after” fun, eh?)
My friend Amy gave me a pink/red horse show ribbon (which she won!), so I hung on the lamp for fun.
Did any of you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget to link up to this week’s Lovely Crafty Weekend, still going on!