coffee filter foof {tutorial}

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

coffee nester

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

coffee kimba

and this pretty one

coffee brown

but I was in awe of this amazing light fixture

coffee parlour

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}.


Here’s what you need:


:: styrofoam ball

:: coffee filters

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun & glue

STEP ONE:  cover the styrofoam ball


Simply flatten a filter and glue to adhere.


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


STEP TWO: create a foof


fold a filter in half


Then half again {quarters}


and again {eighths}

Now snip off the end


and your piece is ready to adhere to the ball


STEP THREE: glue foof piece to ball


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.


Keep going and going and going


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




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


STEP FIVE: create a hanger

Here is what you need:


:: ribbon

:: straight pin

:: scissors


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


Then press into the ball and you are done!


Such beautiful ruffly goodness.


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


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


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


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So pretty.

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58 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!

  3. Deanna November 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Awesome!!! Will have to try. I was also thing of colored tissue paper or putting 1 drop of food coloring on stack of white coffee filters for different variation? I like making crafts with the two boys I take care of. Found some awesome crafts to make with them!

  4. Jen December 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Coffee Filters are my new favorite thing! Thank you for the idea! I am going to be re-doing my daughters room this winter and am thinking a series of different sized foofs close together, sort of like a canopy. Also, they can be easily dyed with food coloring, paint and mixed powder drinks. I place mine in the dryer after dyeing. If you need a lot of coffee filters you can buy them in bulk and extra large sizes at whare house shopping clubs.


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