Coffee filter Christmas wreath … a sort of tutorial

Last year I designed a series of Christmas craft projects for a magazine I was working for using up-cycled kitchen supplies like cupcake cases, paper doilies and coffee filters. Today I came across this rustic coffee filter wreath and it reminded me of the fun I had pitching my ideas to my Editor and trying to convince her I hadn’t totally lost the plot!

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There are more detailed pictures here but no instructions. However, I think this is pretty much how you’d go about making one yourself…

INSTRUCTIONS (invented by me, results in no way guaranteed!)

1) Take a length of galvanised garden wire (buy it from the likes of Homebase or a garden centre). Bend it into a circle to decide the circumference of the finished wreath, allowing a bit extra so you can twist the ends together to join them at the end.

2) Grab a pack or two of scallop-edged paper coffee filters (buy unbleached brown ones if you can, or if you can only find white ones, dye them with strong coffee and dry them out before you start). Fold each filter loosely into quarters and thread onto the wire near to the folded pointy bit of the triangle. You might find it easier to poke a hole in the paper with a skewer first.

3) Every now and again, thread on a paper leaf cut from sheet music or an old book (use photocopied pages if you’re precious) – this leaf template is similar to the one pictured. Continue threading on the filters and leaves until the wire is almost completely covered then bend the ends around to form a ring and twist together.

4) Tie a length of nice ribbon around the join to disguise it and use for hanging.

5) Fluff out the coffee filters / leaves so they’re nicely spaced and finish off with some spriggy branches and a little bird decoration (this one is cute).

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