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DIY Floral Garland using Coffee Filters

This is an easy and cheap way to make a DIY Floral Garland using Coffee Filters from the inspiration I saw in the Ballard Designs catalog. This is a simple coffee filter crafts ideas that looks high-end.

Y’all know I love unique table accessories, so when I saw a floral paper garland used as a table runner, I was sold. Unfortunately, the price was slightly beyond my budget. Sooo……. here’s what I did…..

As you see in the inspiration photo, I plan to use this runner on my table. However, I love making garlands this time of year; you can see the fresh herb and dried orange one I made for my kitchen window.

Inspiration photo for DIY Floral Garland.
My Inspiration from Ballard Designs

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Materials To Make a Coffee Filter Crafts

Use these simple materials for an easy coffee filter crafts idea.

supplies for DIY Floral Garland made with a coffee filters.

The Flowers For The Floral Garland

First, you want to make your flowers from the filters. You can begin by holding the filter in the middle and twisting a small amount together.

shape coffee filters to look like flowers for garland.

Then to secure the twisted area, wrap it with a small piece of clear tape.

add tape to hold the flowers made from coffee filters

After making several individual flowers, create sets of two to speed up the process of gluing them to the ribbon to create the DIY Floral Garland.

The total number needed will vary depending on placement and the length of the garland.

Twist coffee filters to make floral garland

Construct Leaves for the Floral Garland

Next, make several holly-shaped leaves to attach to the garland.

Fold the coffee filter in half and cut half-moon shapes from the open side of the filter.

Cut coffee filters to make the shaped like holly leaves

Then, open the filter and fold it over in the center. Twist the bottom of the leaf and, once again, use a small piece of tape to secure the leaf shape.

Again, the number needed will vary. I recommend making a good supply of flowers and leaves.

fold coffee filters to look like holly leaves

Start Constructing the Floral Garland

You can begin by cutting the ribbon to the length you want your garland. I plan to use mine on my table, so I measured the table length and down the sides for the drop-off.

I used the ribbon I had left over from a previous project, but a burlap ribbon would work nicely with this project.

Use ribbon to attach the coffee filters to make a table runner or floral garland

First, spread your ribbon out and protect your tabletop. Then using a hot glue gun, attach the flowers and the leaves randomly to the ribbon. I referred to my inspiration photo for placement.

Here, the DIY Floral Garland is starting to take shape.

If you’d like to see a video tutorial – click here.

Floral Garland using coffee filters for Table Centerpiece. Easy Coffee Filter Crafts Idea.
Yield: One Garland

DIY Coffee Filter Floral Garland

DIY Coffee Filter Floral Garland

Cheap and Easy Floral Garland made from Coffee Filters

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Coffee Filters (I used the small 1-4 cup size)
  • Ribbon (2 inch wide)
  • Tape
  • Coffee (optional)

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

Note: If you want your floral garland stained, I recommend staining the coffee filters before starting the projects.

To stain, dampen a cloth with coffee and rub it over the coffee filters. You don't have to soak the filters; just lightly dampen.

Once they are dry, begin the project.

Cut the ribbon to the length you desire the garland.

Begin by making the flowers by twisting the center of the coffee filter. The number of flowers will depend on the length of your garland.

Secure with tape around the twisted area.

Next, prepare several holly-shaped leaves.

Fold the coffee filter in half and cut half-moon shapes from the open side of the filter.

Then, open the filter and fold it over in the center. Twist the bottom of the leaf and, once again, use a small piece of tape to secure the leaf shape.

Spread the ribbon on a protected surface and begin to add the flowers and leaves to the ribbon with hot glue.

Place them randomly until the ribbon is full.

Notes

I should have stained my coffee filters in the beginning. However, after the garland was completed, I added the coffee stain, and it still looks great.

Another option is to use brown coffee filters. However, your garland will be much darker.

Did you make this project?

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Staining the Garland – Optional Step

I felt the floral garland was a little too white for my table. Therefore I decided to stain the coffee filters.

Because the garland was already intact, I just used a paper towel soaked in coffee and gently wiped the wet paper towel over the garland to stain the leaves and flowers. This will leave a very subtle stain on the garland.

Note: You can use brown coffee filters. However, I used what I had on hand.

In addition, I only wanted mine to be lightly stained. I’m concerned that the brown filter may be a little dark.

However, had I realized the filters needed to be stained, I would have done that before attaching them to the ribbon.

I’ve used coffee to stain fabric for an aged look and recently used it to age labels for vintage bottles.

Use coffee to stain coffee filter crafts as an optional step.

If you like a red and white Christmas table, you should see this tablescape.

The garland looks great on the table mixed with Christmas decor.

Christmas Table with DIY Garland with Flowers

The Finished DIY Floral Garland Using Coffee Filters

Adding greenery to the garland completely changes its appearance.

See the completed floral garland on 5 Ideas for Creative Christmas Table.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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This is an easy and cheap way to make a DIY Floral Garland using Coffee Filters from the inspiration I saw in the Ballard Designs catalog. See step by step instructions to make a fun table runner or to be used elsewhere within the home.

Renae

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

So pretty, my friend.

Rachel

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Renae, I really appreciate this.

Zoe

Saturday 24th of September 2022

I was so happy when I saw this as one of the Christmas projects listed on a list. Then I got here and the pictures apparently aren't available. I thought at first it was just my system but I checked it on my phone & iPad. Same thing.

Rachel

Monday 26th of September 2022

Zoe, I appreciate you for alerting me of this issue. I have made the corrections and the images are back. Thanks again.

Teddee Grace

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

These are pretty, but the instructions, especially for the holly leaves, make no sense to me. Where to do you cut out the half moons from the folded filter? I've tried and mine look nothing like yours. How many do you cut?

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Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Teddee, I only cut a couple of half moons from each folded filter. It then gives the appearance of a holly left when you fold it in the center like the spine of the leaf. I've updated the post with a link to a video tutorial. Here is the link. I hope this helps to clarify the process. https://youtu.be/UgjWbUNAG6o If this link doesn't click through, just copy the link address and copy and paste to your browser or go back to the blog post and link from there. I appreciate you for asking and hope this helps.

Cindy

Friday 4th of December 2020

Amazing Rachel, you see garland and I see coffee filter. You do amazing things.

Cindy

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Saturday 5th of December 2020

Cindy, You are so funny. I appreciate you for stopping by and commenting. Rachel

Denise

Friday 4th of December 2020

Another home run.

rahrags@gmail.com

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Denise, I really appreciate this.

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