Monday, June 9, 2014

Coffee Filter Flower Topiary



Having a craft blog is expensive! I try to keep all of my projects budget-friendly but, even so, it still takes a big chunk of change to post 3 projects a week. This is why I love projects like this topiary. The entire project cost less than $10 to make. Really, probably less than $5 considering I could make multiple topiaries with the materials.

To make the ball I used coffee filters, liquid Rit Dye in Scarlet, a paper lantern, hot glue, and a stapler. The coffee filters and stapler are from Dollar Tree; the lantern and glue are from Michael's; and the dye is c/o Rit Dye.

First, I dyed the filters. This is a super-easy process. I mixed 1/8 cup of liquid dye with 1 cup hot water in a small container. Next, I folded the filters into quarters and dip-dyed them. I did bunches of 10 or so and line-dried them in my shower overnight. I ended up using almost 150 filters.





To make the flowers I took 3 filters and folded them into quarters. Then I cut a scallop design into the edge and unfolded it. Next I grabbed the center into a small bunch and stapled it.



Next, I used my fingers to crimp and fold up each layer to make the petals.



To make the topiary, I simply hot-glued the flowers, making sure the coverage was even and full.


Finally, I set it on large pedestal. I think it's gorgeous!

 
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10 comments:

  1. So neat!! Wow, I wish I was crafty! This looks great .
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    1. Thanks! Its one of my favorite projects so far.

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  3. I'm all for inexpensive projects! Love the color you picked!

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  4. I love this! Pinning it. It's gorgeous!

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  5. This is such a pretty alternative to flowers! Love how it turned out!

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