Friday, June 29, 2012

Make flowers out of coffee filters!

Yes, you read the title correctly.  There is a way to make beautiful paper flowers out of coffee filters. I read about this idea so many times last year around blogland, but I never took the time to read how it was done.

 A few weeks ago, I was planning a birthday party for my daughter.  She decided on a Laua themed party.  Laua+ Hawaii+Beach+ Party = The need for flowers.  So in my search on how to make big flowers, I came up with this method by mixing up everything I read on PINTEREST and taking the best to create these flowers.  Here's how you can make very, very inexpensive party decorations or a sweet flower centerpiece.



I bought a pack of 125 coffee filters at the Dollar Tree.   They were the 3 and 1/4 inch size.  For this project, you will need 8 filters per flower.

Set 4 of the filters aside. I'll call these the large filters. The other 4 filters need to be cut down a bit, about 1/4 inch.  Fold the filters in half and cut all 4 at the same time if you can, muscles help but sharp shears are even better.  I'll call the cut filters "smaller filters" for the rest of this tutorial.


Now, the next steps are for all the filters, small and large, but they can only be done one at a time.
One at a time, fold the filters again.

Fold for a 3rd time

And fold for a 4th time.  It will look like this.

Snip the edge of the filter on the folded side, NOT the open side.

I realized later that the deeper the snip, the more the petals will stand out.

When you open it up, it will look like this.

Take your scissors again and round the edges.
Awww, look at the heart!  I "Lewisville" LOVE it!
This is what it will now look like when you open it up.  Repeat the above steps for the rest of the filters, both small and large.

Now you're ready to start making the flowers.  You will need 6-8 inches of flower wire.  Loop it at the top so it looks like this.


Poke a hole through the middle of one of the smaller filters.

Add a dab of glue and twist the bottom the filter as you pinch it together.

Add another "SMALL"  filter and pinch then twist. Add/ pinch/twist. Add /pinch/ twist. Use your "SMALL" filters first, then add/pinch/twist the "Large" filters.


I added dabs of glue every 2-3 filters.  Any glue will work.  I happen to use Mod Podge but Elmer's school glue and even a hot glue gun will work fine as well.



I made sure I used a bit of glue on the last filter to hold all my twisting in place better.  I also used regular scotch tape around the bottom of the last filter to keep it all together.  Floral tape would work great here, but I was out.  Since I was out of floral tape, I decided to add ribbon to the stems.

Then, to keep in the color scheme of our little shindig, I spray painted a few of the flowers.  Yup, you can spray paint paper, just do it carefully and don't drench the paper.



Here's the final product.  Sweet results, don't you think?


I made several flowers and set them around the party area.  Everything cost  $1 since I already had the spray paint in my garage, and yes, I still have plenty of coffee filters left over for my morning cup!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Stay cool!  I hear the country will be boiling the next few days.

Blessings,
Lisa

Linking to 
Young House Love
Centsational Girl
Bower Power
Ten June
I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Restore Interiors
Tip Junkie 

28 comments:

  1. Hi! Absolutely original and creative this beautiful work!
    Congratulations! and recommended in Google

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  2. Thanks, Adriana. And thanks for the recommendation. I love having people visit!

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  3. These look great, I have pinned for inspiration for my wedding, they would look really sweet as a garland around the bar. thanks xox

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  4. These are so beautiful. What a great idea.

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  5. I am inviting to share this with my blog hop, Show your Stuff:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-32-molasses-white.html

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  6. woow...I just smile...that´s wonderful :)
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    Håkan ( The Roseman)

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  7. Stopping by from Too Much Time on My Hands today.
    What a fun and inexpensive weekend project.

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  8. Awesome project! I love the painted ones. They turned out great. I think I'll have to have a party just so I have a reason to make these! Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

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  9. Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up some of your projects over at our party!

    http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party.html

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  10. Absolutely original...

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blissful Monday and a blessed week to come.
    /CC from Stockholm

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  11. Very pretty, and thanks for showing me how! The flowers could be made favorably for the seasons! I've pinned so I won't forget! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  12. Fabulous! I like how simply you explained the process. And thanks for the tip about spray painting paper. I hadn't thought about that. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Carrie
    http://fiveseventeenrepurposing.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thanks for showing how to do this!
    Sherry

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  14. I love this!! I haven't seen these flowers made like this before. So cute! I am sharing today at my party. Starts at 5 EST. Thanks! -K

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  15. Oh my goodness! I love these; thanks for the great tutorial! Pinning this! We'd love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes to share you great ideas! I know my readers will love this as well! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/

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  16. These are awesome! Never would have thought to spray paint them. Brilliant!

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  17. This looks super super cute.. Unfortunately in my country ( the Netherlands ) we don't have that kind of coffee filters but different ones.. Maybe i kan make them in a different way.. Gonna think about it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. These look so stunning! Simple, yet beautiful. I love that! :D
    ~Stephanie

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  19. OMG. I have been making diff filter flowers and now I have another EASY one. I did not even think about spray painting them. I have painstakingly been dying them with craft paint and alcohol for a "stained" look. Thank you for the tute

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  20. Great photos and tutorial. Do you care if I share the link to this page on my education blog? Here is the post I would like to include it in, since I followed a few of your steps to make my coffee filter flowers: http://creativeeducationwithangelique.blogspot.com/2013/05/mothers-day-tea-party-celebration.html

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  21. Oh, silly me! I see that you have offered an option to create a link below, so I will just go ahead and put that link on my post! If for any reason you are not happy with it, just let me know. Thanks!

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  22. I've been looking to make flowers for my wedding. I'm a bride on a tight budget and this is an absolutely amazing idea! Thank you so much for your great idea!

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  23. I've been looking to make flowers for my wedding. I'm a bride on a tight budget and this is an absolutely amazing idea! Thank you so much for your great idea!

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