I don't know who to credit with the original idea since blogland is loaded with these gorgeous coffee filter wreaths right now, but it's a genius idea. And since so many people have been posting amazing wreaths, I figured, how hard could it be? Turns out it wasn't terribly difficult to make a wreath of my own, but a word of advice for anyone who decides to try: the wreath looks terrible until you're actually finished. Faced with an uneven mess of filters bunched up around my wreath form, I almost gave up. It looked like a massive fail. But I kept going (what else could I do with a bunch of folded coffee filters?), and it eventually started looking better.
Don't get me wrong, this wreath is not one of those visions of perfections other bloggers have managed to crank out. But it's pretty, and good enough for me, especially considering it'll be a miracle if my boys can leave it alone long enough to even come close to Christmastime.
I'm not sure whether to embellish the wreath or leave it as is. In my head, I have vague visions of a single branch and some red berries along the bottom, but I'll have to play around with that.
For anyone who hasn't read about how to make these wreaths, there are a bunch of tutorials out there, but the basics include taking a bunch of coffee filters folded in quarters and hot gluing them to a wreath form. I used a straw wreath wrapped in white strips of fabric from my scrap bin, but you could paint the form or even leave it alone. I'm not entirely sure if the quarters are supposed to be added in layers (flat) or sideways, so I did a little of both. The layers looked best. Give it a bit of a trim if needed (mine still needs it!), add a loop to the back, and you're done!