Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Little Christmas-- Updated!

I have been pulled in, it's unavoidable. 
 I've seen all the wreath tutorials in blogland and I could resist no longer.
I fell in love with the all white wreath I saw over at The Nesting Place 
So here is my take on it.
You need:
1. A wreath form
I think you could use foam, straw, etc. Anything will do. 
I found mine at the Dollar Store.

2. The trusty glue gun
3. Coffee filters
I've seen some beautiful ones in blogland with brown filters too!
4. Optional ribbon/ flowers/ etc.

This is how I did the coffee filters. 
There may be some more ingenious way out there......
But this worked for me

Separate your coffee filters.

I just stuck my finger in the center of the filter and gathered it.

Then I twisted/ flattened the end a bit so the hot glue had a good surface to adhere to.

Glue coffee filters to the wreath form. 
Screaming expletives every few seconds, because..... Yes Brandy. Hot glue is indeed hot. 
Sticking your finger in it will only result in disaster. 
What's that saying????
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Clearly I am..................
Well I digress. 

Work your way around the entire circle.  
You can make it as loose as you want, just depends on how you want it to look.  

I read on another blog that it was a "quick fun project done in under an hour"......
Uhmmmm yeah, not quick for Mrs. LoP
My OCD clearly dictated that I spend days on this packing the coffee filters in tightly. In all fairness a normal person could do it in much less time, clearly this is not me. 

I trimmed mine up.  This is totally optional.  
It looked fine before, I just can't leave well enough alone. 
This trimming and eyeballing was a step that added another two hours to the project.
And thousand of tiny scraps all over the floor.
I think you could skip it and no one would notice......

Then I just added some ribbon with leaves and berries. The ribbon totally looks orange in this picture, but is in fact red.  
When your finished you can text a picture of your new wreath to The Hubs at work.  You will be rewarded with a response that approximates closely to: "Is that a wreath? It's cute?"
For a project you spent days on and seared off your fingerprints for. 
Boys are clueless, but I love him anyway. 
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*Crystal* said...

I've seen these all over blogland as well and I've been wanting to make one for awhile now. Your's is beautiful w/ the ribbon and Holly... perfect for the Holidays. My question is how do you fold the coffee filters? Oh I'm your newest follower by the way. :)

Brandy said...

I just kind of made a point in the middle of the filter and pulled it together. Not really folding it, kind of wadding them I guess. I'll try to get a picture of the it. Thanks for following!!

Country Dreaming said...

Great job! I had the same question as Crystal.
Will look for your picture.


StepherB said...

I LOVE how this turned out! I have been looking for an idea that would make me say "that is perfect" and this is it!! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

The time you put into it was worth it - it is very full and fluffy and gorgeous.

Lisa Davis said...

So cute and crafty! I don't have the patience to make stuff! I'd much rather buy it! You are so talented :)

Brandy said...

I think I'm just too cheap to buy stuff Lisa!!!

*Crystal* said...

Thanks for the update! I can't wait to make one of my own. Your's is truly breathtaking... one of the best's I've seen. Would you mind if I featured this on my blog. I love it and I'm sure my readers would as well! Please let me know.. I will be sure to link back to you in the post.

Kylie said...

I Love it!!!! I have coffee filters and a wreath just waiting on me! Now if only I could find the time!
I am working on an invention to stop the burning of fingers with Hot Glue. When I figure it out then you can help me market it to make our first million!!!

AliLilly said...

Oh see now! This is the GORGEOUSEST coffee filter wreath! You should go link it up here! It's awesome I love it!!!

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

Oh honey! Your OCD serves you well here - it's exquisite! Good job, well done!

Brandy said...

Aww! Thank you so much!