11/20/10

The Coffee Filter Wreath (A Christmas Craft)

After re-decorating the house this year,  I wanted my Christmas decor to get a bit of change too. Last year I decorated with lots of bright colors. My mantle was home to my nutcracker collection and bright red/lime green stockings. But this year, I wanted more neutral colors, natural items (pinecones, acorns, shells etc), and lots of white.

The wreath was the first step in this change. I am sooo excited about how it turned out.  A gorgeous wreath from such simple, inexpensive supplies.

You need an 18 inch straw wreath, a package of large coffee filters (250-275), and about 12 hot glue sticks. 
 Do the back first, fold the filters in a 'flowery' way and hot glue. I went around the outside on the back.

 Then I did the inside loop.
 Here is how it looks from the front.
 Frilly and gorgeous.
 Once I did the back, I turned it over and started on the front. I just worked in rows/loops around the wreath.
This is when I knew I would love this wreath!
 Done! It took me one 'nap time'- or about 90 minutes.

Since I had the wreath done, I decided to set-up my Christmas mantle.

Now I didn't get rid of my all my Christmas decor from last year. I did buy a few new things, but there was no huge spending spree! Instead I just chose to put things in different places and takes things from other rooms in my house.

I love the wreath against my painted brick fireplace.

The candlestick usually sits in the dining room and the bird is from my kitchen. Afton, Maisy and I have been busy collecting acorns from our yard for the past few weeks.
 I mixed in some shells from our North Carolina beach trip. The mercury vase is usually by the tv. But that cone is new- $3 from Hobby Lobby!!
 And I did make new stockings for my girls. Burlap with some ivory broadcloth ruffles- button 'monograms'. So sweet and simple.

And since the mantle is done... I did the tree too! But that is another post. Have a great weekend :)



14 comments:

  1. Came across your blog via Playing Sublimely. Love the wreath and am thinking I need one now! Looks great :)

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  2. Your mantle looks great!! I should be working on mine right this minute...

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  3. Love the wreath and especially the black fireplace! And the fact that you are also Samantha and from Texas! I live our in West Texas. I'm bought to browse around your shop!

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  4. I love that wreath! Super cute! Your mantle looks great -- I love all your neutrals :)

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  5. AH-MAZING! Love it and just shared your post & link on my FB blog community page wall. LOVE the end result too!

    :D Lynda

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  6. I love the wreath and the cute stockings. For some reason this year, the coffee filter wreaths mixed with the burlap accents is just what I'm looking for. Thanks for the tutorial on the wreath. I'll have to try to make one. Hopefully it will turn out as great as yours!

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  7. Very pretty!
    love the white wreath against the
    black fireplace!

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  8. I like the way your wreath looks up against the dark wall. Do come by for a visit and add your link to your holiday mantel too!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

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  9. i love the wreath. i will definitely have to try that project.

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  10. I think this is super cute :-)
    ~Whitney

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  11. This looks incredible! It inspired me to do my own wreath, but it also posed the question, how did you hang yours? Mine is pushed out from the wall so far, I am not sure what to do...

    Thanks!

    xo,
    Jen

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  12. We came across your blog while searching for painting ideas for our fireplace. We are actually leaning towards a dark color similar to yours. Because each computer monitor is different from the next, it's a little hard getting an accurate representation of colors. Would you please describe the color of paint you chose? Thanks.

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  13. Hi I just came across you blog by accident. I'm going to make a coffee filter wreath for Chrissy and was looking for instructions. I've also just finished painting my fireplace and am looking for some inspiration to decorate it. Thanx for the great tips. Melb OZ

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  14. I will have to try this! Thanks for posting!

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:) Samantha

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