Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coffee Filter Flowers

After adding the Robin's Egg Garland to our dining room hutch, the ends looked a little unfinished.  I was thinking of adding big bows to each end...but I wanted something different.  So with a new package of coffee filters and a little time to play, I ended up making these fluffy flowers:

They're pretty and super quick to whip up....

Start with a lovely pile of coffee filters - I used 8 for each flower

Crumple them into a loose ball

Then unravel

Start by hot gluing (a dab'll do ya) each of 5 coffee filters together - attaching at the centers

Crumble each layer a bit smaller than  the previous layer by pulling the center in a bit

Once the first 5 layers are adhered, crumple and fluff the filters

Now it's time to attach the remaining 3 filters

Fold the first filter in half

Pull back the first two filter layers and apply dabs of hot glue at the center of the flower to attach the folded filter

Repeat for the additional two filters, overlapping slightly around the center of the circle

This creates a kind of crinoline effect to maximixe fluffiness

For the flower centers, I wanted something a little different.  I saw this awesome felt technique over at Copy Craft and knew that it would work perfect (if you want to see a gorgeous pillow go check out the link - I'm serioulsy in love with it!)

Cut approximately 7 of these cute little 4 petal flowers out of felt (they can be totally wonky - no need for perfection)  I went with a 4 petal instead of 5 just because it was faster for me to cut out. 

To attach them, I used a similar technique to the hydrangea eggs

Pinch the petals together

Apply a dab of hot glue to the center of the flower and press the felt flower down, still pinched

Repeat for all of the felt flowers - add more if you like a larger center

Viola - coffee filter flower

At this point, the white was a little too, um..white for my taste.  To add a bit of color, water down a bit of craft paint (the wetter it is, the better the watercolored effect)

And paint the filters (I painted every layer completely)

Then leave to dry overnight

Crumple and fluff when dry and ta-da

I really wish that I'd have tried these out before my sister's bridal shower last year.  They are oh-so-much faster than the napkin flowers I made!

And here they are dressing up the Robin's Egg Garland

I think I like 'em :)

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Jenna @ Copy Cat Corner said...

So pretty! I have coffee filters but no coffee machine so this is a perfect use.

Lotte Lu and Brother Too said...

Thanks for sharing! I saw these last week with your garland post and wondered how you did it. I think I'm going to try and make some to embellish my mother's easter basket! Have a great weekend!

Cherie said...

That is such a cute project.

Erin said...

i love these! i'm going to have my fourth graders make these for mother's day!

Saby said...

Ohh I love it! I believe my husband thinks I'm obsessed with coffee filters, but they just have so many possible uses. Thanks for another idea on how to use the stacks I have downstairs!

Michelle said...

Aww so cute!!!

Alison said...

Very cute! Great idea. :)

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Wonderful! They look so real. Can't believe they are coffee filters. :) Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

Lindsey Stipes said...

love it...I have seen some really neat things done with coffee filters...but nothing like this yet!! super cute. stopped by from the tip junkie!!

Ginger said...

Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Nancy said...

Super cute!


Delightful Order said...

This is so great! Would love for you to link to my delightfully inspiring Thursday Party.

Cat said...

Awesome tutorial and beautiful flowers. I recently purchased some filters to make flowers also. I'm going to follow your instructions now. Thanks!

Found you on Whipperberry. New follower.

Terry said...

Super cute idea! I actually have some coffee filters that I colored to make some flowers and never got around to making them. You inspired me to get them out and make some flowers! Thanks for sharing. Please stop over this weekend and link up to my party!

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

Super cute and simple! I love when you can make something so cute for not to much work. Thanks for sharing all your cute ideas at my monday sharing party.

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

Looks beautiful!!
Love how simple yet stunning coffee filters can be :)

Jennifer said...

Love it! And so easy!!
Coming from the At Home with K linky!

MessyMissy said...

Isn't it just amazing how something so simple can turn out so pretty!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here's the link:

{nifty thrifty things} said...

I love the coffee filter flowers! Thanks so much for sharing the tute!
I would love it if your shared @ {nifty thrifty sunday} again! :)

{nifty thrifty things} said...

I love the coffee filter flowers! Thanks so much for sharing the tute!
I would love it if your shared @ {nifty thrifty sunday} again! :)

Fabric Bows and More said...

Very Cute! come and join our party:

Janelle said...

Very pretty and what a lovely idea to add them to the ends of the garland.

Brandy J. said...

I love crafting with coffee filters. These flowers are darling!!

Rita @ said...

Thank you for inspiring me to create! xoxo

Andrea Yeaple said...

oh my gosh, how cute and creative!


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