Monday, January 16, 2017

Wings of Peace: Coffee Filter Angel Wings


I'm on a bit of an Angel kick right now, and I'm also in the process of updating my mantle after Christmas.  I want it to work throughout the rest of Winter and Valentine's Day so it's a work in progress.

This isn't a new idea but it's new to me since I've done coffee filter wreaths and other projects but haven't done these. I've seen them done as huge pieces but these are smaller having used a 12x12 piece of chipboard as the base. Cost-wise, this is a very inexpensive project. Timewise, I'd say it's a medium commitment and depends on how large you want to go.

Supplies:

  • Coffee Filters. Hello Dollar Tree where I think I got 150 or 200 for $1
  • Heavy cardboard for your base. I used a piece of chipboard that came in something I ordered for Christmas. Reduce, reuse, recyle!
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Stapler
  • Angel Wing template. I drew mine but there are lots of templates online
  • Netflix and a double iced mocha ( these are optional lol) 
  • Time ( this is not optional) 
I started by drawing my template on a folded piece of paper, cutting out and unfolding.


Trace onto your base, and then cut out. This would be a good time to decide what your binge watching on Netflix. 


You can start from the bottom or top of your cut out base. I started at the bottom and worked my way up just like in life!  Take a coffee filter, fold in half ; fold in half again ; and one more time. I like coffee filter projects to be dense. Staple ;  take a sip of your mocha; repeat. I always think I'm going to count how many I use. WRONG. 


After I finished the first row, I layered the next row and kept going until my base was covered. 


Don't worry if the layers aren't uniform or you have sections that are sticking out. Try not to get hypnotized by all the wavy layers! 

See that layer at the bottom that's sticking out? Don't worry. See the next step.


Once you have all of your filters on trim your project like your trimming hedges. Just go all over with your scissors and snip off anything that's sticking out so they are all the same height. 

I wanted to add a little banner to my wings so I grabbed some glittered letters from my stash , cut out banner shames on my Silhouette and then draped them across the wings with baker's twine. 



I was already happy with the result but I was thrilled when while in Michaels for something else I wandered down the Christmas clearance aisle and found these for 80% off! $3.99 yes please. 


Normally when I find a deal like this I end up making it over but these I left alone. I think they work great w/ my wings what do you think? 


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9 comments:

Michelle L. said...

Just like in life...heeheehee! Those are so ruffly I get lost in them. I can see this as a beautiful Valentine piece for sure, I think you really accomplished your goal!

Unknown said...

So pretty! I love ruffles. I've often thought of making a pair of wings for my mantel and now I might have too seeing yours.

Jens C. Kruse said...

Coffee Filter Angel Wings looking pretty.I will definitely be going to make.I love these kinds of stuff especially ruffles.and also love to make this kind of stuff.I think it is very easy to make.Wing of peace looking cute.Thank you so much for sharing the post.
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