Thursday, January 12, 2017

Coffee Filter Letters

Happy New Year Crafters!

So, I'm kinda sad December is over.  It felt like I was just settling into my favorite time of year, and then it was gone!  True confession time: all my Christmas decorations are still up except the real tree in the living room that was D-E-A-D.  I just haven't wanted to deal with taking down the pretty stuff, but I know the time is here. Good thing I have a big project to get my mind off the fact that another Christmas has come and gone...a Sadie Hawkins dance at my daughter's high school next month.  If you are unfamiliar with what a Sadie Hawkins dance is, it is just a dance where the girls ask the boys.  The theme for our dance is "Simply Southern Sadies"  I live in Houston, and the Houston rodeo in February is A BIG DEAL.  So our "Simply Southern Sadies" theme is western chic.  I am on the decorating committee.  So the first thing I decided to tackle were some of the decorations for the dance floor railings.  I settled on a coffee filter craft.  Yep, you read that filter craft.  They are all over Pinterest, but I never have tackled this craft...until now...and I LOVE the results!

Here are the supplies you need along with either a cutting machine or a pair of scissors.

You can find some similar extra long 12x24 inch cardstock HERE.  The coffee filters are the 8-12 cup size ones.  I got my foam core sheets at Dollar Tree.

1. The first step is to cut out your letter template.  Again, I used my Silhouette Cameo.  The font I used is Franklin Gothic Demi.  Want the FREE Silhouette Studio file I created with all the letters?  Get it HERE.  I also recreated the Cricut Design Space file.  Get it HERE.  If you don't have either, just print out a letter or draw one and cut it out with scissors.

2.  Next, trace around the letter on your foam core board.

3. Then, using a craft knife, cut out your letter following the trace line.

4.  Now, grab your coffee filters and start making your poofs by folding them slightly in half and then squishing them up to form a flower with a tail you bend.  The tail will be what you hot glue to the board.

5.  Hot glue a row of coffee filter puffs down the center of the letter, making sure they touch each other to give you that full, ruffled look we are going for.

6.  Now make your puffs for the side rows using the same method as stated in Step 4 except squish up the tail to create what looks like jus the head of a flower.  You will then hot glue all of these in on the sides of the center row of puffs.

7.  And you're done! These letters took around 75 coffee filters each to complete.  Aren't they fun!!

8.  To attach these to items, hot glue floral wire or pipe cleaners to the back and wire them onto whatever surface you are using (in my case a wooden star as seen below).  Or, you can also hot glue these directly onto surfaces since they are so lightweight.

For a more detailed explanation, watch my YouTube video:

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