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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BIG Fluffy Wreath from Coffee Filters and a Hula Hoop

Okay, let me put this out there... I LOVE wreaths. 

I love their simple round form and the multiple ways to make them and embellish them and display them. All through the year a wreath can be a decorating accent for any occasion.



I made my first coffee filter wreath with plain white filters and a twig wreath form. It is 18" across and I have it hanging on the mirror of  the re purposed head board in my craft room. I love it's ruffled fluffiness and during the year I add snowflakes, four leaf clovers, sunflowers, American flags and butterflies to change it up for the seasons and holidays. Right now I'm switching over from Halloween to Thanksgiving, so it is just plain and beautiful.



I'm always looking for round forms to use for wreath backings and when I found a hula hoop at the Dollar Store I knew it would be perfect for another wreath, this one HUGE! I'm not kidding, this finished wreath finishes out at 28" inches across and it could not be simpler to make.



Oooh aaah!


Our Dollar Store has this 20" hoop. It is plenty generous for the wreath I had in mind. First, I wrapped the plastic hoop in strips of burlap since it closely matches the color of the natural coffee filters. But you can use any fabric for this step. It doesn't have to match since it really will not show. Use hot glue to anchor it in place. This will give you  a textured surface for the hot glue to grab when you start adding your coffee filters.



Here's how to avoid burning your fingers with hot glue on this project. Use a fat marker or a dowel and scrunch your coffee filter evenly down around it. Put a dab of hot glue on the center of the outside of the paper  then put it in place on your wreath form. After a second or two remove the marker and looky there, you have glued your scrunched up coffee filter in place.


I used about 3 packages of the natural coffee filters for this wreath. It took me less than 2 hours from start to finish.


Looking good! I LOVE it's ruffly fluffiness!



Since it is made from a hollow plastic tube and paper, this wreath is very light, weighing in at 11 ounces before adding any extra doodads.

And now I get to do the fun part...decorating it for the holidays!

This project is right up my alley. Inexpensive and impressive and easy. Don't you love it when creativity and frugality collide to such beautiful effect?

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