Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial

I’m a little late to the party.  Yes, Coffee Filter Wreaths have been popular in blogland for a long time, but the desire for a simple fall mantel gave me the perfect excuse to make my own.  Coffee Filter projects deliver a fabulous look, plus they are year-round and super-affordable!

Pinterest offers various tutorials for making these, so after trial and (lots of) error, here are simple-to-follow instructions for you to make your own Coffee Filter Wreath!  This is an easy project once you get a feel for placing the filters.

Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

Basket-style Coffee Filters (about 250 or more depending on how tight you pack the filters; mine are packed tightly)
12-inch Straw Wreath Form
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Ribbon for Hanging (optional)
Nail (for securing ribbon, optional)
Because I wanted a natural color-scheme for the mantel, I used brown coffee filters which were surprisingly hard to locate!  Kmart carries these, but you may be able to find them in your local grocery store.

Tip: While I nailed the hanging ribbon to the back of the wreath after the wreath was complete, you may want to tie your ribbon or hanging wire around the wreath base before you start assembling the coffee filters;)

To glue the coffee filters to the wreath, first fold the filter in half like a fan.  
Then, gather it together, holding the bottom in place as shown below.  
Secure the bottom tip of each gathered coffee filter with your fingers, as shown below.  
Dab hot glue on the underside of the bottom tip and glue this triangle-shaped part to the wreath base.  
Press and hold for a few seconds to secure.
After several attempts to arrange the filters in a fancy design, I found that the easiest way to assemble the wreath was to glue the coffee filters in rows.  

                          Side view of the first row.  

Top view of the first row.  
You can see I started my first row on the top middle section of the wreath form.  These rows are tightly packed!  I placed two rows to the inside and two more to the outside of the first middle row.  Add a row or individual coffee filters to fill in empty spaces.

The resulting design, texture, and look is lovely! 
  Use scissors to even out the wreath, if desired.  Mine is not perfectly shaped, but I’m okay with that.  I ended up cutting back only a few places that were noticeably sticking out.

If desired, nail a looped ribbon into the back of the wreath.  *I had to push the nail in at an angle to make it stay.
I’ll be back in a few days to show you our Fall Mantel with the Coffee Filter Wreath, or according to my son and husband…the donut and bagel!

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  1. This is great. Publix in GA carries the natural. I can’t wait to try this. TY

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  3. This is wonderful!

  4. Amanda, I always wondered how folks were “staining” their filters! – duh – I agree, the tighter and fuller, the better. I’m so making one of these soon!

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