Step 1: Buy Supplies
I bought coffee filters for $1.28 at Walmart. I wanted the natural, but since they didn't have them, I bought regular white. The base for the wreath was $.50 at Katy Christian Ministries. All the rest of the supplies I already had in my packed supply closet. Here's the wreath before.
|Sorry if you like country stuff. This looks like cheap country decor threw up on it.|
I stained the white filters by soaking them in tea. I used some extra tea (don't ask me why, because I rarely drink it, but I have like 50 boxes of tea) and brewed it fairly strong, dipped the filters in, and dried them on the clothesline. Then I stripped everything off the wreath.
|Still pretty ick.|
Now is the fun part. Take the coffee filters, plug in your glue gun and go crazy! I made a little drop of glue and then pressed the middle of the filter to it. I glued them pretty close together and scrunched them a bit. The photos in the link show much more flowy, soft wreaths, which I really like, but mine had its own feel, which worked overall. I think you could really play with the shape and the look of these and make some very different looking wreaths!
|Halfway done. I also cut out those criss-crossing pieces in the middle.|
|Ta da! I left the back undone so that it would hang well.|
Here's where my wreath gets specific for the shower. Natalie is using the Cocalo Moremi bedding for Micah's room, which is kind of a safari theme in muted colors featuring giraffes and some little birds, among other things. I took pieces of rolled canvas that I have in my scrap pile and drew giraffes and birds from the pictures of the bedding. Then I cut out two for each animal so I could glue them together later. I painted the animals, then used twine from my craft stash and attached it to the wreath. When the animals were dry, I laid the bottom part down, covered it with craft glue, centered the twine, and then pressed the top animal down. If that sounds confusing, I basically made a sandwich with the twine in the center and the animal on each side, painted side facing out. As a last moment of inspiration, I tied on two large wooden beads to the twine with the birds. Here is the final product! It's hard to say the final cost because I had some supplies on hand, but I have coffee filters left over and used only fractions of paint, twine, and canvas. So I'd say the total was $2, maybe $3.
|Hanging on the door for the shower.|
|The animals and beads!|