Today, I’m linking up my new project with Works for Me Wednesday!
I originally found the idea for this great wreath on Pinterest. I wasn’t confident that my wreath would turn out quite as pretty as the picture I found, but I ended up being very pleased with the final product! It was so simple to make, only took a quick hour, and cost just around $5!
First, I gathered my materials:
I already had my trusty glue gun, so the only items I needed to purchase were the coffee filters and wreath form.
I made my own wreath form using a nifty tip I found on pinterest:
Before I started assembling the wreath, I took the time to separate and lay out my coffee filters. I am so very glad that I did! Trying to pull apart the coffee filters with sticky, hot-glued fingers isn’t easy!
It took a couple different ways of crunching up the coffee filters to figure out what worked for me. The best way I found was to grab the bottom of the coffee filter and then smash the entire filter in my fist.
Once I had the filter all nicely crinkled up, I pressed the (pointy) bottom of the filter onto the table to flatten it out. I found that a flat surface on the filter bottom worked best when I glued them on the wreath form.
Next, I applied a generous amount of hot glue onto the coffee filter bottom and stuck it to the wreath form. Time for the magic to start! Well almost…
The wreath looked like a preschool craft project for a while. I became a little worried at this point that I would be blogging about a Frugal Failure, rather then a beautiful DIY project…
But, I stuck with it and kept gluing the coffee filters all over the wreath. This really wasn’t a difficult process, but when I first started, I was having trouble with the filters sticking to the wreath. I discovered you can push those babies on the the wreath form pretty firmly; the coffee filters are already very smashed and crinkled, so you won’t ruin anything!
Finally it was beginning to look like a nice DIY project rather than the preschool craft!
I decided to add ribbon to my wreath for a little extra pizazz! I had a little trouble with attaching the ribbon though…
Attempt #1 Hot Glue
Fail. The hot glue made a mess on my pretty coffee filters and wasn’t making the bow stick.
Attempt #2: Twine
Success! This worked sooooo much better! I just threaded the twine through the knot in my bow and around the wreath.
I fiddled around with the bow (I’m the world’s worst bow maker! 😉 ), and eventually got it to look sorta like I envisioned it! When I was done being a perfectionist with my bow, I made sure the twine was very secure and just cut off the tails of twine.
Finally, the most satisfying part of the project! Hanging it on the front door of our apartment!
The second best part of the project was my sweet hubby’s exclamation when he got home from work: “Wow! You made that?!?!” 🙂
A fun project for fall! The bow could also be changed to fit different seasons!