Somehow I ended up with a HUGE bag of coffee filters (which will never be used for coffee since my husband has a special filter for his coffee maker). So I thought I’d try my hand at making an Autumn wreath using roses made from these abundant filters.
Since I’m not a fan of the color orange, I chose a buttery yellow, burgundy and soft pink acrylic paints to dye the coffee filters.
Unfortunately, when the filters dried, the burgundies faded to a medium pink color. 🙁 Oh, well!
Afterwards, I cut them into a spiral shape (see pic above) and started spinning the spirals around a pencil for support. I ended up using two filters per rose to get them to the size I desired. Lastly, I gently pressed the top of the “rose” down to give them a shabby chic, timeworn look.
Here is the actual tutorial I used to create these beautiful coffee filter roses. But beware, half of it’s in Polish and half of it’s in English.
I really loved the way the roses turned out, but not so much the actual wreath (below). As I mentioned earlier, my colors weren’t quite what I wanted, and let’s face it — floral design (or wreath making) is not my strong suit.
And this wreath is SO big, I don’t know where I’m going to hang it. I had to take the picture on my floor. Lol!
Well…at least I tried! 🙂 And I’ll definitely be making more of these roses!
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.