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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Tutorial: Coffee Filter Flowers


This week's party continues here so please link up! I had several requests for a tutorial on the Coffee Filter Flowers I made and used in my Oversized Floral Wreath so here it is. They were never designed to be any specific kind of flower...they're just "flowers" I made while playing around one day.

The process is the same for all three styles and you can definitely adapt to other styles. 

  • Coffee Filters. The basket kind, not the cone kind. You can get them everywhere...Dollar Store, Grocery Store etc. 
  • Dimesional or Thick Glue. I used Glossy Accents by Ranger. Available at craft stores, online, etc. You can also use a thick glue like Aleene's Turbo Tacky. 

That's it on the supplies! I'm going to show the step by step for Flower number 1 and the basic cuts for the other two. The process is the same. It's the cuts to make the petals that make the difference! 

For each flower, I used nine filters. 

Separate each filter and crumple each of them up. I did this because it gets rid of the original shape and also because it helps give the flowers some body and shape. 

Once you've crumpled them, uncrumple them! I work work. You'll use three filters each to make three sets of layers for each flower. To begin, fold one filter in quarters. 

Then make the cuts into narrow petals as shown. If you are a person who needs to be exact, you can draw them but I'm not so I just eyeballed and did it freehand. 

Make the petal cuts until you reach the other end of the folded quarter. Repeat two more times to create the first three layers of the first section.  Here's what it will look like unfolded. 

Since flowers in nature aren't perfect, I didn't worry about making mine perfect either. For the subsequent sections, it's the same process but you're going to make each section slightly smaller by trimming the filters down. 

Again, I eyeballed it and just trimmed the middle section down as shown before cutting the petals. Then did this once more for the top layers. You're building the flowers from the bottom up. 

For the top layers you just cut more off the filters than the middle layers. You'll end up with three sets of large (1), medium (2), and small (3). 

The quarter folds make a kind of natural well in each layer. Place a dab of Glossy Accents in the middle, then slightly offset the next layer atop the glue, then repeat with the last layer for this section. 

Repeat with the last large layer, then continue with all of the remaining layers until the last of the small top layers. Make sure to offset each layer. This adds to the fullness of the final flower. 

You can see the form start to take shape but with the second section I use the eraser end of a pencil to push down in the middle that helps the petals stick up a bit. I hope that makes sense. 

For the final layer of the top section, before you add it to the flower add a drop of the dimensional glue to the middle and pinch together from the bottom. Then add this layer to your flower. 

And there you are! For flowers 2 and 3, I'll show you what a difference changing up the petal cuts makes. 

Flower 2:

Quarter fold and then cut as shown with a deep curved V. Same concept. Large, medium, and small sections, three filters each, cut down in size before making the petal cuts as shown in Flower 1. Same process of offsetting each layer as glued, and using a pencil to push down / deepen the well in them middle. 

And just as with the first flower, when you get to the final top layer, pinch the middle before gluing to the flower. 

Flower 3:

For this style I just used a basic petal shape on the quarter fold. Large, medium, and small sections, cutting down as shown in Flower 1. Offset as each layer is glued and pinch the middle of the final top layer. 


If you wan to make smaller flowers then just trim down your filters accordingly. There are so many possibilities. You don't have to keep them white. You could dye the layers for example. But I would do this and make sure they're dry before you build your flowers. I hope you found this helpful! They're addictive once you make a few. 

If you make these shapes or come up with your own, I'd love to see!! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Punched Leaf Wreath for Cards, Packages, Etc.

Mini Leaf Wreath Card

I love my die cutting machines but sometimes you just have to punch things ya know? I like to use up scraps if I can and punches are a great way to do that. So here’s how I made my punched leaf wreaths that I used on the gift bags I shared yesterday as well as some cards.

For this project you will need:
  • Paper scraps
  • Leaf punch
  • Glue

Mini Leaf Wreath

Punch an assortment of leaves from your paper scraps.  I had some embossed papers and some patterned papers in my scrap stash.

Mini Wreath Bae

For the wreath base, punch a large circle from another scrap. This one is 2 inches. Then use a smaller punch and punch out the middle of your circle.

Wreath Base 2

Voila. Wreath form. Glue your leaves so they cover the wreath base. I kind of angled mine and used Ranger Glossy Accents but any quick adhesion glue will do. You could use glue dots or foam dots too.

Mini Wreath focal

This one I adhered to a card using foam dots. The one below I used on my gift bags.

Punched Leaf  Wreath 2

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mod Podge and Tissue Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

Mod Podged Tissue Papered Pumpkin

I’m finally getting around to some Fall projects. I’m a late bloomer. This is something that’s super easy and can stay out from Halloween through Thanksgiving. You will need:
  • Paper Mache Pumpkin (the one I used is about 6 inches across)
  • Tissue paper (I used 2 sheets, 12x12)
  • Mod Podge
I started with a paper mache pumpkin I found on sale after season last year. I’ve seen them this year at Michaels, JoAnn’s etc.

Paper Mache Pumpkin

On one of my recent Michaels trips, I discovered packs of Recollections printed tissue papers in the scrapbook paper aisle. They were $1.99 for a pack of 5 regular price.

Recollections TIssue Papers

For this project, I chose the script paper. This is a good project to do if you’re in a bad mood. Not saying that I was, just saying. Why? Because you get to scrunch and tear stuff! Tear all four edges of your papers first. Then:

Recollections Paper Pumpkin

Wad, scrunch, ball up your paper. Unwad, then tear into smaller pieces:

Recollections Paper Pumpkin 2

The reason you’ll want to have torn your edges first is that they blend better when podging.

Mod Podge Pumpkin

Apply Mod Podge ( I used Matte Finish) to the back of your paper pieces, then apply your paper to the pumpkin. Since tissue paper is thin you don’t want to oversaturate but it’s also very forgiving and gets in the creases of the pumpkin unlike stiffer paper would.

I was conscious but not OCD about making sure the script was all going the same way.

Mod Podge Tissue Paper Pumpkin

In some spots, paper got layered  making things more opaque, and in others it didn’t and I liked the effect of some of the naked pumpkin showing through.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

Once you’ve got all of your paper on, coat with Mod Podge and just wait for it to dry.  I’m working on another variation so check back soon.

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