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DIY Floral Garland using Coffee Filters

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…..

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.

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 one I made for my kitchen window here.

My Inspiration from Ballard Designs

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Materials to Make a Diy Floral garland

The Flowers for the DIY Garland

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Start Constructing the Floral Garland

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.

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.

Garland using coffee filters for Table Centerpiece.

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.

You can see how to use coffee to stain fabric here and how to age labels here.

Although I love red and white, I felt the garland needed a little toning down.

You can see another red and white Christmas Table Inspiration on this post.

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

Christmas Table with DIY Garland with Flowers made for Coffee Filters Craft

The Finished DIY Floral Garland using Coffee Filters

Adding greenery to the garland completely changes its appearance.

I look forward to sharing the full Christmas tablescape with the DIY Floral Garland in an upcoming post.

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.


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.


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?

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. 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.


Friday 4th of December 2020

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


Saturday 5th of December 2020

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


Friday 4th of December 2020

Another home run.

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Denise, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Truth? I really liked yours better than the inspiration photo!!! Very clever and very economical for sure....a little time spent and voila!! Something very unique!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Karolyn I really appreciate you for stopping by.