Monday, October 18, 2010

Coffee (Filter) Filled Center...Includes Tute

Nope it's not a yummy candy with a coffee center. OK now I'm craving a mocha. Back on task. I know everybody and their sister in blogland has made a book wreath, but as some non-crafty friends remind me "not everyone lives in your world". True, true. Since I'm making stuff for a craft fair next month, I figured maybe there will be people who aren't sick of book wreaths, especially since I saw one recently similar to the technique I'm going to show you that was waaaaaaayyyyy overpriced (IMO).

Here's my finished project:

The book pages are mounted on a circle of cardboard from a leftover box. I prettied it up by covering the back w/ some scrapbook paper. But the tutorial is on the center: 





I used an old ceral box for my base and went "old school" ( would take longer to load my Expression) and drew circles and cut out. Then I made a bunch of coffee filter clusters. 

Fold in half, then in half again and gather the bottom into a stem. This will naturally form a ruffle / flower. Staple about 1/2 way up the stem. Turn on glue gun. Start gluing bundles ( I didn't count but make at least 20-25 for a medium sized circle). I started in the center and worked outwards
I put the first two back to back and then the next two on either side and just kept working around until the cardboard circle was covered:
As it fills in, you can fluff along the way to determine how many more of your bundles you need to add.

Glue in the center of your book wreath!

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16 comments:

Rose said...

this looks great. i have No head nor hands to make things. I buy. rose

Zombie Mom said...

Absolutely lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

That is so pretty!

Chrissy said...

Very pretty!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very nice! And I just adore the center with the coffee filters.

Lori said...

Totally awesome, and you must have the patience of Job to make that many folded filters. yikes. But the results are well worth it, it's gorgeous!

Jenni said...

Love your book wreath! I haven't had the courage to try one yet, thank for the easy tutorial! :)

Katie said...

Love it!! I've seen book wreaths before, but the coffee filter center? Genius! :)

Melissa said...

I'm still planning on making these some day. I like your version with the coffee filter rosette in the middle.

Michelle L. said...

Ooh, I love the denseness of the flower, it makes such an impact! Excellent tute, I need to try some coffee filter fun.

Unknown said...

okay, me too. i gotta jump on this coffee filter flower bandwagon soon before it leaves the station... hey, wait up!!!

pretty pretty wreath!

Diane said...

OMGosh, I love it. 2 of my most favorite things combined. Great idea Ÿ

Cindy Adkins said...

You are amazing and this is gorgeous!!!!
XO

Unknown said...

It looks great! I love those coffee filters ;)
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Embellished Bayou said...

Very cool! I just love the frilly center!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love the vintage quality of this! Thanks so much for linking up.