coffee filter foof {tutorial}

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A few days ago the Nester posted about her fabulous coffee filter wreath.

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Miss Nester posted links to other impressive creations like this one made with natural coffee filters

coffee kimba

and this pretty one

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but I was in awe of this amazing light fixture

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She used a paper lantern ball and lots and lots of coffee filters. Very impressive.

All of this gave me an idea for an ornament {or a hanging foof in my case – sorry, I couldn’t come up with a better name for it}. Now I’m sure there are great tutorials out there for how to make a project with coffee filters, but I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share {just in case you haven’t seen how to do it}.

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Here’s what you need:

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:: styrofoam ball

:: coffee filters

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun & glue

STEP ONE:  cover the styrofoam ball

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Simply flatten a filter and glue to adhere.

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The styrofoam melts slightly when you use hot glue, which is why I covered it.

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STEP TWO: create a foof

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fold a filter in half

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Then half again {quarters}

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and again {eighths}

Now snip off the end

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and your piece is ready to adhere to the ball

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STEP THREE: glue foof piece to ball

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Put a glob of glue on the ball, then gently press the foof into place. Continue with another, placing them close to each other.

Once your ball is half covered, you can turn it over and work on the other side. I was worried I would smoosh the coffee filter foofs, but they were just fine.

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Keep going and going and going

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you will probably be very excited when you come to this point:

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STEP FOUR: trim

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Your foof will be a bit uneven, so just go around and trim

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STEP FIVE: create a hanger

Here is what you need:

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:: ribbon

:: straight pin

:: scissors

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Cut a piece of ribbon to the length you want, fold over the ends and poke pin through

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Then press into the ball and you are done!

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Such beautiful ruffly goodness.

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I started with a 6” styrofoam ball and ended up with a 12” foof. I used about 100 filters.

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I’m guessing you can use the same technique to create a wreath or to cover a styrofoam cone to make an unexpected Christmas decoration as the Nester did

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My next project to copy is this amazing garland by Pam Garrison

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So pretty.

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56 Responses to coffee filter foof {tutorial}

  1. Amy March 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Could you estimate how many filters I would need to make a wreath? And a small ball? I want to do this with my Girl Scouts, so I don’t want to run out of filters on them!

  2. Lorna September 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Is there anyway to print off the instructions. thanks, will await your reply.

    • emily September 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      You can email the blog post to yourself and then print. Hope this helps!

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