I hadn’t planned on making a new spring wreath because I still love the one that I have.
I made this one a couple years ago and been using it since then. However, inspiration has struck which has prompted me to want to make a new wreath. The inspiration?
These cupcake liners that I found in Michaels bargain section.
Normally, I do buy cupcake liners for the purpose they were invented… for cupcakes [or presenting other sweets]. However, this time I had another plan for these pretty cupcake liners…. flowers!
And I thought cupcake liner flowers would team up nicely with a coffee filter wreath. I’ve wanted to make a coffee filter wreath for some time now, but it’s just one of those things that get added on that long To Do craft list… a list that never seems to come to an end. No doubt I’m not the only one with that kind of list!
I’m sure most of you (if not all of you) are already familiar with the coffee filter wreath. A gorgeous wreath that is so simple to make.
All you need to make a coffee filter wreath is a wreath (I used a 12 inch), coffee filters (about 300 for a 12 inch), and a hot glue gun (along with a lot of glue sticks).
Fold the coffee filters in half twice creating a pie shape. Apply glue to the bottom of the folded piece and adhere to your wreath. The goal is to cover the top, inner and outer sides of the wreath. There really are no rules to which side you should start with but I find it easiest starting with the top. I did mine in this order: top, inner, outer. You can fold all of your filters first if you want, but I folded as I went along. Very important tip: Don’t burn your fingers! No matter how careful I am with that darn gun, I still manage to burn myself. [Sigh… along with a head shake. ;)]
Once you are done with your wreath, you can use it as is… just attach a ribbon to hang. Frankly, a coffee filter wreath stands alone beautifully. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finished wreath alone before adding the flowers. I think I was too excited to get to the flowers. ;)
Now, if you would like to add some flowers like I did, follow along! Grab some cupcake liners (6 liners/flower), scissors, and glue (I used my hot glue gun since I was already working with it).
Fold four of the liners in half twice (like we did with the coffee filters). For the other two liners, cut the bottom of each liner out leaving you with the sides of the liner. Take one of the cut out bottoms and place a drop of glue in the center. Place the four folded liners on top of the glue, slightly overlapping the sides of the liners. Once the glue has dried (if you are using a hot glue gun, it’ll dry fast), go around and cut all the folded sides of each petal more than half way down. Fluff up all the upper two petals.
For the flower center, start out by cutting slits into the two strips. Cut the slits about half way down; no further. Then apply a small drop of glue at the beginning of one end (apply glue below where the slit ends) and start rolling, applying small drops of glue every so often until you reach the end. Proceed with the next strip directly on top of the first rolled strip. Cut the rolled piece in two slightly more than half way down. Taking the top piece only, apply glue all over the bottom and then attach it to the center of the flower. Spread out the slit sides.
Easy peasy, right?!
I also used cupcake liners to make leaves. Even more easy peasy than the flowers. I’ll show you!
Fold a cupcake liner in half and, as you hold the bottom end, open up the sides. Apply glue and fold the bottom end towards one side. That’s it!
The last addition to my wreath is this little silver birdie. Back in this post here, I had shared with you my crafting day with Anthropologie. The store display manager had made these little birdies for all the volunteers. A sweet keepsake gift that was just the perfect addition to my spring wreath!
My new spring wreath is ready to go and I’m loving it! What do you think?
The only thing I forgot to take into consideration when going with white coffee filters vs. natural was the color of my door…
Doh! It doesn’t stand out as much as I would have liked. I originally had planned on going with natural colored coffee filters, but was concerned my flowers wouldn’t stand out as much against the brown. Heh… careful to avoid one problem to be only confronted with another! Ha!