Coffee Filter Trees

December 3, 2010 25 Comments by Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse
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I promised in my Christmas Mantle post that I would do a tutorial

of the Coffee Filter trees I featured, and here it is.

My first Coffee Filter project was last spring, when I made my

Brown Coffee Filter Wreath

I was amazed at how easy they were to work with

And how pretty they ended up looking!

Since that time I have been looking out for another project to do with the filters.

A few weeks ago The Nester did a post about the wreaths, and she mentioned mine.

(Bashful grin)

Nesting Place

She also did a tutorial on some coffee filter trees, and I decided I had to try them!

I purchased two styrofoam cones from Michaels at $6.99 each.

What on earth are they making styrofoam out of these days?

It seemed kind of pricy to me! Fortunately the coffee filters were only a dollar a pack!

I should mention- I was working on my mantle at the same time

so the table is a bit of a mess – I should have cleaned up for the pictures

but as usual, I was impatient!

The Nester used a glue gun to make hers, but I decided to go with straight pins

I grabbed two liners at a time and folded them together at the bottom,

then I placed a pin through them and stuck them into the cone.

Once I had them started, I added pins to make them stable, using about 3 pins per pair.

I only put the pins on the bottom part of the filter that I had pinched together with my fingers -

leaving the top ruffled part to flare out and away from the cone.

I just kept repeating this and going around the cone-

working my way up. I scrunched the filters together too.

As you go around, keep checking for holes and fill them as you go.

Doesn’t it already look pretty! It must be the girl in me

that loves that ruffled look!

But when you are done, you will notice that it is a little over-ruffled,

and needs to be trimmed to become more “tree like”

I don’t have a picture of the trimming, but I just took a pair of scissors and

thinned out the top so that it was a little more tapered. I also evened up the sides.

As much as I loved the white, I was placing them up on my mantle

with a very light background. I wanted them to stand out a little bit.

So I gave them a few sprays of silver paint.

The next step was to give them a base and a top.

I used some E-6000 glue for this.

I glued some glass dollar store candlesticks to the bottom of the cones.

Then I used the same glue to adhere a silver ornament to the top of the cone.

I let them dry overnight. The hurricanes beside them are just dollar store

vases glued to more candlesticks. I also used them in my mantle.

I was so happy with the way they turned out!

They look so good with the blue and silver theme I chose this year.

Go take a look at them on my mantle!

Christmas Mantle

But they would look good in just about any color setting

I hope you liked them!

And I hope you make some of your own to enjoy!

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24 Comments

  1. Adrienne
    1448 days ago

    I was so excited to read this post. I thought, “Yes, finally a craft project that doesn’t require a craft store! We may not have any craft supplies here in Turkey, but we have coffee filters!” I have to say, I’m a little disappointed it requires a styrofoam cone. I am just going to have to have my sister-in-law mail me some craft supplies because this is just too darn cute!

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    you could probably make your own cone with poster board or cardboard

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  2. Robin
    1447 days ago

    Adorable. I’m done decorating, but may have to make some of these to add to my collection. Wonder if those styrofoam trees are cheaper anywhere else?

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  3. Kelsie
    1447 days ago

    Totally cute and I love how you topped them with the decoration…and those hurricanes are to clever for words…Thank you for sharing these great ideas

    Blessings Kelsie

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  4. Debbie
    1447 days ago

    Looove them!! They are so pretty!!

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  5. The Answer Is Chocolate
    1447 days ago

    They are gorgeous! Very elegant.

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  6. jessica rinquest
    1447 days ago

    I love them! If I can trek through all the snow to the craft store, I am going to do the same! Just lovely!Thanks for the info!

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  7. Julie @ Practically Spent
    1447 days ago

    Very pretty trees. And I agree about styrofoam…..what’s up with the price of it?

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  8. Dawn
    1447 days ago

    Adorable! My daughter and I are going to try this project together! They’ll make great gifts too! ;o)

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  9. Sharon
    1446 days ago

    Fabulous job. I love your decor. ;) ~Sharon

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  10. Wendy-Lou
    1445 days ago

    Thank You!!! All I have to do is “trim” them up mine were sooooo “chubby” I did not like them – now I know what to do. By the way for anyone interested, I got styrofoam cones from Dollar Tree for , you guessed it, $1! All though I just took a plastic cone shaped tree they had and hotglued them on to it – so you really don’t have to have the foam ones.
    What DO they make that foam out of?! Someting very rare I’m sure! ha :)

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  11. Southern Fried Gal
    1445 days ago

    Oh my gosh – that is stunning! I would never think those were coffee filters! The finials really make them elegant. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Kristen @ More Than Mulberries
    1445 days ago

    Really pretty! I love how they look on your mantle. The finials are perfect on them too!

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  13. Lisa
    1445 days ago

    Oh my goodness! These are just beautiful and so unique! I am in awe. LOVE LOVE.

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  14. Cheryl @ CC Homemaker
    1444 days ago

    So cute and classy at the same time! I love these! I just might have to try making them myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. lindsey - the pleated poppy
    1444 days ago

    wow, those are so pretty! i hadn’t seen them before – genius!

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  16. Dania
    1444 days ago

    This is one of the most beautiful and interesting holiday crafts I’ve even seen. Simply stunning, and out of coffee filters! Ha!

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  17. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    1444 days ago

    This is such a unique idea!!! I love how fluffy they are.

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  18. Karrie
    1444 days ago

    These are beautiful! I would have never guessed they were made from coffee filters!

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  19. AmericKim's Home
    1444 days ago

    Gorgeous. I also have a “Blue Snowy Christmas” theme this year. I will have to try these.
    Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

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  20. julie
    1443 days ago

    I tried this and it is pretty but I may have put mine too close together tho, it looks a little different than yours. I cant figure out how to finish off the top tho ..

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  21. Christy
    1443 days ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your tute! I cannot wait to try these out for myself…maybe not this year, but certainly next year! :)

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  22. angie at junkgarden
    1442 days ago

    So pretty! I have that same leather W on a shelf in my kitchen.
    Angie

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  23. Autumn
    1441 days ago

    I totally am diggin your filter trees and wreath! What a great way to use inexpensive items to make beautiful and pricey looking holiday decorations. May have to make some for my casa once our remodel is done…hopefully in time for next Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. Tina "The Book Lady"
    1431 days ago

    I’ve featured you on my blog (sorta) on my Holiday Gifts post about last minute gifts to make for the holidays. Although, to be honest, it’s a list for next year for me! LOL

    http://holidaygiftsandmore.blogspot.com

    I’m following you now and will definitely be back to see other cute things as you create them!

    Tina “the Book Lady”
    http://familyliteracyandyou.blogspot.com
    http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com

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