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Tuesday
Aug142012

Creating Coffee Filter Flowers

Isn't Pinterest the most glorious thing the Internet has to offer? I think so. I found this little walk through on making peonies from coffee filters, thought it was neato and pinned it away for a rainy day when I was looking for a DIY project to fill my time with. Then, when we were moving, T found a pack of like 200 coffee filters he threw into a box when he moved out of his old apartment. I remembered this pin and BAM, a cute little project happened.

These are amazingly easy, like if Abbey had opposable thumbs, she might have been able to make them. 

So this is what you do: grab some coffee filters, floral tape, covered floral wire, scissors, and some glue (you can probably use any kind, I used ModPodge). You need five coffee filters that are bigger, and five smaller. I cut about a 1/4 inch all the way around five of my filters.

Now the folding. With two or three of the filters, four in half four times.

Cut the main folded corner off, then open once and round out the tops so you have a little heart.

Repeat the folding and cutting with all 10 of the filters.

With your floral wire, make a little loop on one end and dip in some glue. Take one of the smaller filters, push through the non-looped end of the wire and shimmy all the way up to the loop. Start pinching and twisting the filter around the wire loop. Work your way around it wire until the whole thing is tight around the loop. Tight is good.

Repeat this with all the smaller filters. Pinch, twist. (Yes, this picture is fantastic!)

Now, maybe you're like me and didn't know that floral tape is icky sticky and googled "why is this floral tape so sticky?" Maybe you now think I'm an idiot. But if you don't know floral tape is sticky everywhere and will make your fingers very sticky and slimy, don't panic.

Take said floral tape and tape the pinched filter part by wrapping it around and around, working down a bit onto the wire. The trick is to wrap it really really tight and overlapping itself so it sticks to itself. It takes a bit of practice. Some of mine were lumpier than others but your are going to cover it up anyway.

Now you're going to do the same thing with the larger filters. Poke through, twist and pinch, one at a time.

Now it's probably starting to look like a flower, exciting right?

You're going to have to manhandle that flower by grabbing it, wire to the right, and wrapping it again in the floral tape. This time, work you're way all the way down the wire. I had really long wire so I wrapped until I wanted to stop and cut the wire.

Now you have a flower! Ruffle it up a bit to fan it out and you're done! Just make 4-5-6 more... You get better with practice.

I would to try dying this to get some colored one too. But for right now, I'm pretty obsessed with how simple and pretty they look.

Happy Tuesday!

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Reader Comments (7)

Bee-autiful!!!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvette

i am amazed at how real & absolutely lovely these look!
xo
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August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterally

wow what a great DIY! I remember my mom used to have some coffee filters at home that she didn't use, when I get back at my parent's I'll be definitely looking out for them to make these! thanks for sharing :)

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August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEster

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August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA1 kolkata flowers

I saw these on Pinterest also and made 62 for my neice's wedding. They were so pretty (and cheap!). No one could tell what they were made from. I used the same flowers for centerpieces at a church function and now someone has borrowed them to use in their wedding. I also made coffee filter wreaths for the door decorations. Love to save money!

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Love the photo with your cats in the background. Did you notice the cat on the right is sitting on her bottom like a bunny==probably wanting to get the flower you are twisting round and round. lol

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

It is a great website.. The Design looks very good.. Keep working like that!.

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