Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Wreath

Wreaths have been around for centuries and symbolize growth and everlasting life. They are hung on doors, over the mantle, in windows and set on tables as centerpieces.  Most wreaths are made of evergreens such as pine, fir, or holly. You know which ones I am talking about......but there are other materials you can use such as moss, pinecones, flowers, candy.....and the list goes on. Today I want to show you how to craft a coffee filter wreath. Yes, everyday coffee filters can be turned into a Holiday wreath! It looks amazingly delicate and christmassy, especially after you sprinkle some glitter onto it! Let it snow...let it snow...let it snow!

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I encourage you to click on Martha Stewart's video (below) if you are considering making this wreath. Your kids can help too, but I advise parental supervision with the glue gun. It's simple and it's easy, so have fun!    Coffee Filter Wreath how-to video

Tools and Materials for the Coffee Filter Wreath
  • Stiff paper plate (large for a coffee filter wreath, small for a cupcake liner wreath)
  • Scissors
  • Screw punch or small hole punch
  • Short length of ribbon
  • Coffee filters or cupcake liners
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • White craft glue
  • Stiff paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Bow or ribbon (optional)

Coffee Filter Wreath How-To by Martha Stewart1. Cut a circle from the inside of a stiff paper plate, leaving a ring.

2. Punch two holes next to each other in ring and thread a ribbon through holes from back to front; tie ribbon in front and trim ends.

3. Stack one coffee filter on top of another. Pinch bottom in center and fold in half. Continue pinching filter with one hand, and encircle edges around center with other hand. Draw hand from bottom to top to bunch into a blossom; squeeze at pinched point to hold shape.
Note:For a smaller  wreath use cupcake liners, use same method, but use only one liner.

4. Glue pinched ends of filters or liners side by side around ring with hot glue, with blossoms pointing outward; add another set of blossoms to ring, pointing toward center. Fill in with more blossoms, staggering to fill out wreath.

5. Brush watered-down craft glue onto wreath with a stiff brush; sprinkle with glitter. Use hot glue to attach a bow to wreath, if desired.

I hope you found this wreath a fun and easy project to do. I think the end result is stunning!

Happy Holiday Season and Happy Decorating!
Ana Alicia

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