Friday, February 8, 2013

A LOVE for coffee...filters that is!







Who doesn't love coffee? I love coffee, but recently took up juicing. This left my hubby as the only coffee drinker in the morning, so we pulled out the French Press coffee pot and found we had a surplus of filters now! I had seen coffee filter projects floating around and decided I would try my hand at one!

This project is so easy...a little time consuming and messy, but easy! The filters look like carnation ruffles up close see....


Here's a list of supplies:
old cardboard to make heart of your choice (mine is 2'x2')
400 coffee filters (mine are 1.29 at Piggly Wiggly for 200 ct.)
acrylic paints in your choice of color. Mine were pale pink, white and red
bowl or cup to mix and dip for your paint
hot glue gun and sticks

Start by taking a filter (I bought white ones but natural ones give a pretty muted tone as well) and fold it in half and then pinch at center and pull through your hand to make it look like this. 
Told you it was easy!


Next do that to all the filters...I'll wait and watch a movie while you do that!

Okay ready? 
Now take some paint and mix 1 part water to 1 part paint then start dipping filters in it like so:




See how the edge is just dipped in paint? Easy right?
Now place them on something to dry...I used old cardboard in the garage, but I am ADD so that wasn't quick enough for me, so I switched to laying them on my oven rack and baking at 200 F. They won't burn! Leave each batch about 5 minutes. I would do about 10 filters, lay them on the rack, go power clean something for 5 minutes and then return to do the next batch. (if hubby came home to a big project like this and no cleaning was accomplished... well I'd feel bad) Keep mixing in different colors to your water/paint mix to make lighter and darker shades. Here are some dark pink and red.




Once you have a nice stack of dried filters you will simply start hot gluing them onto the heart by the pointy tip. Keep doing this till you've filled the heart and you will end with this lovely full heart!

Time consuming...but worth it! 
I love the look and for $2.50 for a piece of heart art, you can't beat that with a stick!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you'll drop back by this month. I have a darling paper village all heart themed coming up that I think you will really like!

Until Next Time Dear Reader,

Chatty Cathy










2 comments:

  1. Love your gorgeous heart project. Great pics and directions too. I am visiting from Lorraines and so glad I did. Nice to meet you and your lovely blog. Thank you for sharing this unique project.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie Design

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting! I'm about to put up a coffee filter rose wreath as well that's so gorgeous! Hope you'll start following and pop back over to check me out from time to time :)

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