Coffee Filter Wreath

Coffee Filter Wreath

So remember that little weekend getaway that my husband I took a couple weeks ago?  Not only did my friend and I hit up some antique and thrift stores, we also brought along some craft supplies so we could craft one night! Smile

So one evening after a fun day of thrifting, a round of mini-golf, and the BIGGEST, best pizza we ever ate for dinner, we sat around the kitchen table and broke out the glue guns.  (The guys were busy watching a car movie and playing with my husband’s remote control helicopter, so they weren’t bored either Winking smile)

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Here’s our supplies:

  • glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • a pack coffee filters (100-150 depending on the size of your wreath and how tight you pack the filters together) – $1.00-1.50
  • a cheap wreath form

Frugal decorating tip

How to make a super cheap wreath form:

You can make your own wreath from from pipe insulation found in the plumbing department at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Edited to add: Here’s the picture right off Home Depot’s site – this is the cheapest version that costs $0.97. image I bought the thicker version that was $1.18.

Then, I cut that the pipe into half (36 inch pieces) so our wreaths were 36 inch wreath forms.  So for $0.97-1.18, you get at least two wreath forms! Smile

Tape the ends together with tape and voila, there is your foam wreath form for about 48¢ – I think my yard sale budget can handle that! Winking smile

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There is really no specific way to crinkle or glue the coffee filters onto your wreath.  I have seen some people fold the bottoms of each one and pin to the wreath, I go the easy and cheap way – scrunch, glue, hold for a second, DONE!

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And you just keep crinkling the filters and gluing them all the way around the wreath.  Keep checking to make sure that you are filling in all the holes and that the glue is staying stuck to the wreath.  (I think my glue gun is a HOT temperature glue gun so I had to be careful cause the glue would start to melt the wreath form.)

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Snack on some yummy cake bars my friend made, keep talking and laughing, and gluing.  We had so much fun!   And it really didn’t take that long.  I would say we were done in under an hour and that was talking, snacking, and taking pictures too.

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My friend went home and promptly put her wreath on her Valentine mantel Smile

I picked up some gray ribbon at Michael’s last week and hung my wreath over the mirror in my dining room.  When you walk in our front door and look to the right – this is what you see Smile

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So fun! and so pretty!

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I thought about adding some flowers or something to it, but I actually love the simplicity of just ribbon and a bow.

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Perfect for any and every season.  And for less than $2.00 – absolutely beautiful!

Oh, and I realized I never have done the BIG reveal of my dining room makeover!  I completed it literally as I was putting the turkey in the oven for Thanksgiving and then it was crazy holiday season.  So look for the big reveal  and before and after pictures sometime in the next 2 weeks Smile (Update: You can find my dining room before/after post here.)

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You know I love my wreaths!  Outside on the front door, inside on the back of doors, on stands, over mirrors – I posted lots of ideas here.  And you can see every wreath I have shared so far here.

Oh and this little guy’s brother is hanging in my kitchen – made out of brown coffee filters.  I love them both! Smile

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So pick up some coffee filters and some foam pipe, grab a glue gun, invite a friend over and have a fun crafting night! Smile  The thing I love most about this wreath is every time I see it I will remember the fun weekend we had with friends in the mountains.  Yay, for pretty memories! Smile

Have you made any wreaths recently?

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    • Christina says

      thanks! I love the curtains too – they were one of those really fun, spontaneous things. I made them recently :) will share details in my reveal post :)

    • says

      so cute! I haven’t made anything lately will have to link up next time you do it..I’m teaching a RS class on cute gift ideas and EVERYTHING I’m making is coming from pinterest!

    • Christina says

      it was fun! :) Lots of mindless crinkling and gluing :)

      I am excited to share the reveal too! worked a little on a spring table today ;)

  1. says

    Love this project because it is fairly cheap and you could use a wreath like that for many different times throughout the year:) Thanks for sharing!

    • Christina says

      Yes, it is very cheap and very versatile! I leave my brown one in the kitchen year round. and the white one – I could easily add a red ribbon for V-day, yellow/pink for Easter, red/white/blue for summer, etc. :)

  2. Jenn says

    Love the brown wreath! Can you tell me the 2 colors of paint used in the kitchen? They look like the perfect colors of brown and tan I am looking for. Thanks.

  3. says

    Hi Christina –
    I had my husband pick up some pipe insulation. When we cut it to 24″ like you said, it seemed so tiny, and hard to get it to form in a circle. Did you really get 3 wreaths from a six foot piece? I was wondering if they are 24″ in diameter, or 24″ of pipe insulation formed into a small circle. I also can’t envision fitting 150 coffee filters on this tiny wreath form. Thanks for your help – it is a brilliant, frugal way to make a wreath!
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    • Christina says

      Andrea,

      here is where I got the idea – http://www.thepennyparlor.com/2010/09/coffee-filter-wreath.html

      I don’t have my uncut piece anymore but as far as I remember it was 6 foot.

      I just went and measured a piece I still have and it is 36 inches!! so, sorry! I don’t know how that works though, cause I remember that I cut my pipe into 3 pieces not just in half?? maybe my piece was longer – 9 foot instead?

      I will say the brown coffee filter wreath was done on a little smaller wreath form (it was one I got at the Dollar Tree when they were still carrying them) and my white one is a little bigger. so it doesn’t have to be exactly 36 inches.

      Sorry, Andrea! Will adjust the inches in my post and have to try to remember to check Home Depot to see if they come in different lengths?

    • lizzie says

      Thanks for the tutorial Christina! I’m a little late to this craft but plan to make a white wreath using pipe foam to use this winter

      Lots of folks seem to have had trouble with pipe foam though. There are some tricks I won’t repeat here but Google “coffee filter wreath pipe foam” to find solutions such as stuffing the inside of the foam with materials like newspaper or plastic grocery bags to help prevent sagging. (Foam comes slit because it is made to wrap around pipes.)

      So far as the size goes, I did remember some high school math that is way too late to help Andrea but may help later readers on this site. Circumference is equal to Pi (3.14) x Diameter. So for a 12 inch diameter form(measured straight across), you need a length of pipe foam (the circumference) that is about 38 inches long not taking into account the thickness of the foam itself. (12 x 3.14 = 37.68) So it is possible to get two wreath forms that are ALMOST 12 inches in diameter from one 6 ft tube. (Of course the wreath itself will grow a few inches wider when filters are glued on the outer edge) For a 36 inch diameter form, you would need a length of foam that measures 113 inches or almost 9 1/2 ft so you would need to use more than one 6ft piece of foam for a form that large. The largest form you can get from 6 ft (72 inches) is a little over 22 inches in diameter(72 divided by Pi) I’m also not sure that a pipe foam form that large wouldn’t sag even with stuffing. Pool noodles might be better for those larger wreaths. (but may be too “thick” for smaller wreaths like what Christina has generously showed us how to do)

    • Christina says

      it did a couple times. actually it started to melt it a little in some places (but I think I have a hot temperature glue gun, you can buy a cool temperature one too.) But I found that adding a little more glue and holding it in place worked fine! In some places, if I thought it needed it, I would even glue the sides of the filter to the filter next to it.

      are you making one? would love to see it!

  4. Donna says

    Pipe insulation??? I was starting to think that wreath forms were a little pricey. I made my first wreath recently. A paper drink umbrella wreath! Turned out awesome. I found the picture on Pinterest but sadly it didn’t link to a blog, so I have no clue who to thank for sharing… My kitchen needs one of these thank you for sharing. :D

    • Christina says

      Donna, I updated the post with a picture and link of the exact thing I bought at Home Depot. Hope that helps! :) It really is simple and easy and CHEAP to make your own wreath form. Now these wreath forms are very light so they can’t be used for heavy things but perfect for coffee filters, maybe even yarn, and would have probably worked for your wreath too. Would love to see a picture of your wreath! Post it on my facebook wall! :) https://www.facebook.com/TheFrugalHomemaker

  5. Chanda says

    Christina,

    Would you think this would be a difficult for 6, 7,8 year olds to make for their mom’s for mother’s day? I know i would need to help them with the hot glue gun. :) Thanks,

    • Christina says

      no, I think they could do it! maybe a smaller version (you could cut the pipe smaller for a smaller wreath) It would be time consuming though. Are you a teacher? Maybe spread it out over a day or two.

      try a cool or low temperature glue gun too that might help and be prepared with plenty of glue sticks. I would say I used 5-6 on one wreath. I use a mini glue gun, by the way.

  6. Dena says

    Years ago I made a wreath similar to this with gold metallic paper for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. I inserted 50 – $1 bills into the wreath with a “u” pin. They were able to remove the money and had a nice wreath to enjoy. I thought of that when I saw this. Also, could do that as a group going together to give a “money” gift.

    • Christina says

      that is a great idea in place of a money tree type thing! thanks so much for sharing that! will keep that in mind :)

    • Christina says

      Since I hang wreaths often from this mirror, I nailed a small nail in the back on the top frame. (Does that make sense?) So I made a loop in the ribbon that hangs on that nail and then tied a box that lands at the top of the mirror frame.

      You can use large suction cups, a command hook on the wall right above the mirror/frame, and I am sure other ways!

      Hope that helps!

  7. Ashley says

    I LOVE this idea! I am wondering though, how did you attach the ribbon? I love the fact that it’s in a bow too. I can’t wait to make one and since they are so cheap and easy I may make a couple for gifts! I always seem to struggle with getting the right ribbon and attaching it in a way that doesn’t look bad. I would love to know how you did yours, it is SO beautiful!!

  8. Sherrie says

    I really love the coffee filter wreath. It made me wonder if you could do it on a smaller scale, say for easter garland or a girls birthday decoration with cupcake liners. What do you think? Maybe I will try it (along with the coffee filter wreath of course)! Thanks for the great ideas.

  9. says

    I wanted to make a wreath and I followed your tutorial and made one with the brown coffee filters. Yours is way more beautiful than mine, but I plan to make more so hopefully they will get better. :)

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    • Christina says

      maybe just add some more coffee filters? you have to really stuff them in there so it doesn’t looks sparse. don’t be afraid to add more ;)

  10. Tina says

    I love your paint colors on the wall in the last picture of the brown wreath on a door next to a kitchen. Could you tell me the paint and colors they are.

  11. says

    I tried this tonight and took my supplies to my girlfriends to work on…I was so bummed that the pipe insulation would not work for me to make a wreath, it seemed no matter what I did, it would not form a circle. It kept bending and kinking, I don’t know what I can do with that stuff now, it appears to be the same thickness as the one you used, sigh, what did I do wrong?

    • Christina says

      hmmm… not sure why it didn’t work? I will say, because of the nature of the wreath – crinkled filters, etc. It won’t have to be ‘COMPLETELY round”. Although mine is pretty much round. How long did you cut your piece of pipe insulation? maybe it wasn’t long enough?

  12. Susan Woods says

    If you use the foam pipe, does it “pull” the wreath down making it appear more oval than round when it’s hung??
    I’m making one of these for my father in laws door who is in a nursing home, but I bought a regular wreath form (but they are pretty costly, so would rather use the foam if it holds it’s shape.
    Thanks and thanks for the great idea!!!!

    • Christina says

      Hey Susan, I have found with the coffee filter wreaths it doesn’t “pull” the wreath down at all. Because the coffee filters are so light they don’t weigh hardly anything. Mine is a perfectly found shape. Now for anything else I am not sure. I was afraid to do my yarn wreath on that kind of wreath form because I knew I wanted to add flowers and they would have weighted it down.

  13. Susan Woods says

    I am making one of these wreaths for my FIL who is in a nursing home. I bought a regular styrofoam wreath to use because I was afraid the foam form would sag and look more oval than round. Does the foam hold the round shape??? If so, I’ll be buying that for my next one.
    Thanks!

  14. Susan Woods says

    OK, thank you for the response, just one more question. I’m almost finished with my first coffee filter wreath and it looks FANTASTIC!!! I want to add a red felt bow just to add some color to it, but the wreath is so thick, I don’t know how I will get the bow to stay. I can’t tie it because again, wreath is too thick so any ideas on how to add a red bow would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks!

  15. Stephanie says

    This is lovely. I love the wreath but I also love your curtains and the wall color in your dining room. Can you tell me the paint color and where you bought the fabric ad the name of the fabric? Thank you so much!

    • Christina says

      hmmm… it probably has to do more with how it is hung. If there is weight being pulled on it from how it is being hung it will not hold it’s shape. My wreath is pretty much weightless. Did you do a coffee filter wreath or something else?

      maybe try reinforcing/straightening it out in the bent parts with packing tape?

  16. Melanie says

    Hi . . . I clicked on to your site in hopes of finding the tutorial for your coffee filter wreath but the only thing that was on the page was the title, your advertisers and the 90 comments about the wreath. Where would I find it? I click around to your projects and still couldnt find it. This is a first for me . . . . thanks!

  17. Margery Lawler says

    My girls and I had black Friday craft day and I made the white coffee filter wreath, scrunching 200 of them!! My wreath is gorgeous! Thanks so much!

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