DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

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Can you believe this fluffy, snow-like wreath is made from coffee filters?

Bring a wintery wonderland vibe to your front door or above your mantle by making your own coffee filter wreath. This DIY coffee filter wreath has big style, but is low budget.

Grab a stack of coffee filters, make a pot of coffee (you’ll need some caffeine to power through this DIY) and get crafting.

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A while back I bought a pack of 700 coffee filters from Costco. At $2.59 total, I thought it was a deal that was real, and I figured they would get used up over time. Well, even with my coffee-guzzling habit, at least 500 of those coffee filters were still around after about a year.

Whether you’re like me and need to use up an ill-advised bulk purchase of coffee filters or you want to make a wreath for cheap, this DIY coffee filter wreath is the way to go. You’ll need just three more supplies (besides the coffee filters) to complete the project.

What you’ll need:
– Wreath form (I used a straw wreath form)
– Coffee filters (200-300)
– Hot glue gun
– Hot glue sticks

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Before you get started, you may want to plop down in front of the T.V. This project gets repetitive fast, but that means it’s the perfect way to keep your hands busy while you binge watch Gilmore Girls.

Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Grab a coffee filter
Place one coffee filter on a flat surface.

Step 2: Fold the coffee filter
Fold the coffee filter in half.

Step 3: Roll it up
Loosely roll up the coffee filter in a cone-like shape.

Step 4: Bend the end
Fold the tip of the cone up part way. You’ll use this little end to hot glue the coffee filter to the wreath form.

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Now, use a dab of hot glue to secure the end of the coffee filter to the wreath form.

(Tip: It’s helpful to use an object, like a plastic spoon, instead of your fingers to push down on the spot where you’re gluing the filter down. I ended up with burned fingertips from trying to only use my fingers.) 

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You’ll repeat those steps over and over. Start gluing coffee filters down near the inside rim of the wreath form and work your way out and around. Don’t glue your coffee filters too close to the inside of the rim, or your coffee filters will fill out too much and will cover up the hole in the middle of the wreath.

And, don’t glue any filters on the back of your wreath form. You want the back of the wreath form to remain uncovered, so it can sit flat against a door or wall.

Use your fingers to fluff up the coffee filters as you go. How close you decide to space the coffee filters will determine how “fluffy” your wreath is.

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When you’re about halfway through, be sure to loop a ribbon through the wreath form and tie it. This way, you’ll easily have a spot to hang your wreath. You want to do this step before you completely fill in the wreath with coffee filters.

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Also, as you fill in your wreath with coffee filters, it gets more and more difficult to hot glue the filters along the edge of the wreath because you can’t see it.

I solved this problem by propping the wreath form on a jar of dark chocolate almonds. The jar held up the wreath so I could see what I was doing and I had snacks at my disposal. Win-win!

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It may take some time, but it’s so rewarding to see your DIY coffee filter wreath come together.

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White coffee filters give the wreath a snowflake-like quality, but I think brown coffee filters would add a nice vintage touch to the wreath. Maybe next year, I’ll make one out of brown coffee filters!

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover

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Before you hunker down for the winter, we still have a few nights left to enjoy the fall weather.

I finished making over a wooden bench for my porch just in time. Cast off on the side of the road, this sad wooden bench was destined for the trash.

See how I refurbished the bench—with a bit of sanding and a paint job—and gave it new life on my front porch.

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Abandoned in front of a house with a “free” sign taped to its front, this sweet little bench sat waiting for me to scoop it up.

Its maroon paint was chipped and worn, but more in a neglected way than in the farmhouse style that’s so popular today.

Despite its shabby paint and scratched up surface, the bench was sturdy. No broken legs or wobbly parts. It just needed a little TLC and a fresh paint job.

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Fixing this bench started with a lot of sanding. And more sanding. And taking a break when my hands hurt from all the sanding. And more sanding.

The boards that made up the seat of the bench were so scratched and worn that I would have had to sand them away completely for the scratches to fully disappear. So, I cheated and flipped them over so the scratched side faced down.

After all of the sanding, I slicked on two coats of a modern gray paint. (The paint was leftover from another project, so it didn’t cost me a dime.)

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This sweet little bench now lives on my front porch. It fits perfectly into a nook on the small porch, just as if it was meant to go there. Besides the practicality of adding seating, the bench also makes the spot feel much cozier. It invites you to take a seat and relax.

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Sometimes it doesn’t take much—just a coat of paint—to transform a piece of furniture. Whether you’re an old pro at redoing furniture or you’ve never done it before, I want to invite you to pick up that paintbrush.

If you’re working on a cheap dresser you found at a garage sale or an old end table that you don’t like any more, what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t like the new paint color, just paint it again.

It’s pretty rewarding to give something new life, especially if you really enjoy it once the project is complete. Happy painting!

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A Bright & Happy Fall Front Porch

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The front porch is the welcome center to your home. You see it every time you leave and it’s there, welcoming you, after a long day at work. Shouldn’t your front porch feel warm and friendly?

And, what better time to spruce up your front porch than when guests start arriving? After all, it’s that time of year. Fall gatherings. Football watch parties. Thanksgiving.

Before fall’s over (why does it happen so fast!?) I wanted to share my front porch all decked out for autumn. Dressed up with just a few fall essentials, my front porch is bright, happy and welcoming.

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Add some fall mums
In pops of bright yellow and deep burgundy, fall mums add festive fall color to your front stoop. Pop the plants into unexpected containers, like woven baskets or my plastic pumpkin planters, and your plants will be anything but boring.

Bring on the pumpkins
No fall porch is complete without a display of pumpkins. Orange and white pumpkins keep it classic, but you could also add in green pumpkins or warty pumpkins.

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A place to sit
If you have the space, a simple wooden bench makes the perfect spot to plop down, read a book, sip some coffee and enjoy the brisk fall weather. This bench was a side-of-the-road find that I gave new life with a lot of sanding and a few coats of modern, gray paint. Other seating options you could add include a porch swing or classic wicker chairs.

Create levels
Whether on your porch or on your dining room table, any display looks better when your items are displayed at varying levels. Lifting up a pumpkin on a couple of wood stumps and placing one plastic pumpkin planter on a plant stand adds dimension to the entire front porch display.

Extra touches
The little extra touches make all the difference. Simple white mini lanterns add a little something extra and go with the fall theme.

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Next on the list is to figure out how to transition fall porch décor to holiday décor without getting rid of everything. I feel so sad throwing out pumpkins every year after Thanksgiving when they’re still perfectly good. If you have any tips for ways to transition your porch décor into the holiday season, please share!

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Get in the fall mood with these 21 reasons fall is the best season.

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