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.
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Materials to Make a Diy Floral garland
- Coffee Filters (I used the small 1-4 cup size)
- Ribbon – I used a two-inch wide ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Coffee (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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