{Tea-Stained} Coffee Filter Wreath

I hope everyone’s week is going well so far…the husband is OFF this week so we are having tons of family fun {follow on Facebook & Twitter to get the Instagram details of the excitement}!

The coffee filter wreath I am sharing today is {in his own words} the husband’s FAVORITE wreath we’ve had up so far. This makes me very happy because it is by far the least expensive of the wreaths and also one of my favorites.

I’ve seen several of these wreaths online…I’m sure you have, too. All of them so far have tickled my fancy in one way or another, but I have a soft-spot for mine. :-)

Everything I used to make this wreath we already had in the house; so, essentially it cost me $0. *woop woop*! It also goes along with my re-usable wreath theme:
{Patriotic} Cupcake Wreath
Summertime Yarn Wreath

Here’s what you’ll need:

Black Tea Bags
Large Pot
Water
Coffee Filters {I used something like 90…but if you want a fuller wreath, use some more}
Straight Pins
Scotch Tape
Ribbon

Fill a large pot with water and add approximately 5 black tea bags. Let the water come to a boil, then reduce to {very} low heat.

I steeped approximately 25 filters at a time, but adjust this number according to the size of your pot. You just want to make sure that the filters are covered in water. For the first batch, I left the tea bags in the water. As you’ll notice later in the tutorial, some of my filters ended up with some really dark staining; I think it’s the ones from this batch. I like how they turned out, but it’s up to you if you want this look or not.

The first batch of coffee filters I left in for about 30 minutes, the second for 20, and the third set for 10 minutes. I was going for some variety in the colors of the filters, though I didn’t notice much of a difference.

Let your coffee filters dry overnight. I’ve heard of people using pant hangers to dry the filters, but we don’t have any of those. I just laid out a few paper towels and stacked the wet filters on top.

As soon as the top filters felt dry I removed them from the stack. This seemed to allow the filters at the bottom to dry faster.

When all the coffee filters were dry, I gathered up my materials and started assembling the wreath. To start, I twisted the filters at their center {sort of like making Coffee Filter Flowers}. After some trial and error, I found that twisting them tightly like the picture above actually made it more difficult to get the pins through. It’s much easier to twist the upper portion tightly and leave the end flat {like the picture below}.

The straight pins weren’t holding the filters as well as I had originally hoped, so I decided to also tape them down for more stability. This seems to be holding up very well, and it’s still removable so I can re-use the foam core later.

I left an open space at the top of the wreath to attach the ribbon. As soon as it was hung though I didn’t like the open space and added a few extra filters on top of the ribbon. Once the wreath was hung in place, I looked at the wreath from every angle and filled in all the empty spaces.

The depth that the crumpled, ruffled filters brings makes me giddy. I wish more of the edges would have gotten really browned, because I’m loving that look. I think it would be possible to slightly burn the edges to get that same look {though don’t take my word for it – I haven’t tried it myself}!

This wreath is so perfect for my Fall decor…it really brings the festive vibe from the mantel through the room.

The simplicity and ease of this wreath is part of what I think makes it so beautiful. It is one that you could leave up year-round, but brings an earthy, rustic quality to any room. {And no one will guess it was made from coffee filters!}

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Comments

  1. Super pretty! I love how fluffy and antique looking it is! Thanks for linking.

  2. This is so cute!! I found you at Uncommonly Yours link up party! When I first saw it, I would have never guessed it was coffee filters! Very creative!

    I would love for you to share this at my fist ever linky party! http://www.therusticpig.com/2012/09/my-first-linky-party.html

  3. I love this and especially how inexpensive! What a great idea.
    I saw your link on Your Whims Wed.

  4. This is such a great tutorial, and what a beautiful end product! Definitely will have to try this! :)
    Please feel free to come link up over on my blog as well! Love your tutorial and want to share it with the world!
    http://luanded.blogspot.com/2012/09/happy-humpday-handmade-link-party.html

  5. I’ve been wanting to try this for ages! Yours turned out so adorable! And I love your window! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week! Pinning!

  6. So pretty! I’ve been wanting to do this! I love how you stained yours, it looks really nice!

  7. This is such a pretty wreath and I just love how full it is! The tea staining really set it apart from others that I have seen! Great job and thank you so much for sharing it with us this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

  8. I have a soft spot for your wreath too! So pretty!!

  9. Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Your wreath is incredible and I was excited to show it to my readers. Plus I wanted to know how you made it! Saw one on Pinterest but couldn’t find the instructions! Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

  10. I loved your wreath so much I used it as inspiration for some flowers I made on my yarn wreath. I linked back to you on my blog. I’d love for you to check it out. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

  11. Hey – thanks for this great tutorial! I’m sure I’ve seen variations of this wreath on Pinterest and elsewhere, but when I saw yours, I knew I had to try it! If you’re interested, I posted some photos of mine on my facebook webpage:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.270756503027433.45062.100457466724005&type=1
    And I LOOOOOVED the result! I know you mentioned the idea of burning the edges for a different look – I tried something a little different – inking the edges using a stamp pad. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. All in all, it made a great fall housewarming gift for my friend last week. Just wanted to say thanks!

  12. Loving your wreath! Thanks so much for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see it featured! Be sure to grab a “featured” button too!
    Leslie

  13. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featued button: http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/10/your-whims-wednesday-131-and-features.html

  14. Cindy Dental says:

    Instead of burning the edges you could use a marker in the desired color
    and just do the edges. The filters are absorbant enough to pick up the color.

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