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


image image

So pretty.

56 Responses to coffee filter foof {tutorial}

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Jenna November 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Out of curiosity, how long did it take you do this? Can I do it in a day?

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      It just took an hour or so.

  6. Jill October 6, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Really lovely. I’m thinking of making some of these to decorate my wedding reception venue. Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. Tiffany August 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I just had a quick question… I’m looking at doing the big ball for a baby shower and was wondering if there’s an easy way of dying the coffee filters?

  8. Stéphanie from France April 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    This is really a great job ! So nice !

  9. Nancianni April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for all of your tutorials. They are GREAT!!
    I just signed up for your blog..

  10. Madison December 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Love the pouf balls! I made some for my Christmas tree :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Jodi May 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    This is my second time on this website. I love it! Can’t wait to try some of this stuff when I get more time!

  12. kim April 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I was thinking that if you used a half a ball (one that is flat on one side) that these would look like flowers that you could use as table decorations or hang in a girls room.

  13. Jenney March 15, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    I just wanted to say thanks for the idea! I did this yesterday to a lamp shade and it looks amazing! Although it took forever! You are much more patient than me. Thanks for the great ideas keep them coming!

  14. Victoria March 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Can you possibly dye the coffee filters? i’m thinking about doing these for my wedding but would love them to be purple.

  15. Melanie March 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Absolutely love these! Thanks for all the easy step by step instructions!

  16. Jen February 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I featured this on my blog today. Thanks for sharing the cute idea!

  17. Amber L. December 26, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    I made mine on Christmas day. I might have used too many filters and it is a little lopsided, but I still love it.

  18. Joelene F December 23, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    I love them. So perfect. I am going to be a bridesmaid and the bride wanted these balls for her wedding. She thought I could make them for her. I found this tutorial and l feel so much better now. I know she won’t be let down. Thank you so much for posting this.

  19. Sarah B December 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I’ve been working on my foof for over an hour and am enjoying it! I found styrofoam balls at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section, 50% off. So they were $1.25 each! I couldn’t find small ones though..these were about 4 inch diameter. But it’s looking awesome! Thanks!

  20. Suzie Salmon November 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm #


  21. Robyn Beazley November 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    SO amazing!! Absolutely love it and am going to try with my limited creative side ;)

  22. Mindy November 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Love it, can’t wait to do it!

  23. krista November 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    I love your foof! I must try one…Thanks!

  24. Luigi Fulk November 23, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    This is great stuff, thanks!

  25. Jill Leaming November 23, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Thank you sooo much for posting this tutorial. This was such a good idea. You are sooo creative. I went and got the stuff at walmart this morning. I was a little suprised about how much a styrofoam ball cost. I think it was 4.50. But the coffee filters were super cheap.
    I love your blog! I am going to make this soon.

  26. Corrie Anna November 23, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    How neat!! And you call it a foof. :D I love it. I thought only my sister and best friend used the word foof (foofy). :D What neat projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed all your projects and blog posts. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Brooke November 23, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    i made the coffe filter balls a couple weeks ago…i love them!! i have them hanging in my window in my dining room! what a fun and easy project!

  28. Brandina November 23, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Wow…was jut thinking of how I could make one but maybe using different colors or something as an accent….I think I’m going to dip the ends that will be exposed in silver glitter paint to accentuate the interesting curves throughout. Thanks for the tutuorial!

  29. Olivia November 23, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    I’m in love with this tutuorial. I’m headed to Hobby Lobby this morning for some styrofoam and some hot glue! Thanks!

  30. McKenzie November 23, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    Thank you, thank, thank you for posting a link to your inspiration! It’s great to see credit given when credit is due :)

  31. Veronika November 23, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    I used to admire the IKEA PS lampshade that looked almost like this Foof. But Foof is better it is fuller it can come in sizes and various colours i guess. .. It just gave me an idea for my daughter’s bedroom. Just to hang few of them of various sizes and lenghts above the bed. Brilliant, thank you!!!!

  32. denise sabia November 23, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    it’s like a GIANT version of your flower pin!
    I also wanted to thank you Emily. Thanks to you and your toots, I started something new with a chef friend of mine, called Dine & Design. I just posted about it here.


    I’d love for you too see what you inspired! Have a great week, -Denise

  33. Privet and Holly November 23, 2010 at 4:20 am #

    I love this because it is simple to make
    and simply beautiful, whether wreath,
    ball or tree! Thank you for sharing each

  34. Kelli November 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    Gorgeous! I posted a tutorial myself on how to make a coffee filter wreath only last week! What made my day was receiving a Provincial Licing catalogue who had wreaths advertised for A$80! What a bargain making your own. Its so wonderful to see people passing on little tircks like these to others to share. The light fitting is so pretty and girly … can’t wait to tackle this little project next! Happy foofing everyone!

    P.S. Emily your blog, style and talent is gorgeous – keep it coming! Its a feast for the eyes reading your blog updates and tutorials.

  35. Valerie November 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    I’am beyond in love with this fabulousness!!!!!!!!!

  36. Julie November 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    How fun! I knew I needed those coffee filters I picked up the other day at target! And they were on sale to boot! Can’t wait to have one of my own foofs! Ha! And I have always loved that garland! I need one if those too! Thanks for sharing!

  37. jen shears November 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    soooooo pretty! hope to make something with coffee filters- love the look!!!
    And thank you, oh wise one, for the tip on the Starbucks Cheg…. heaven in a cup!!! :D

  38. Jessica Singletary November 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    I made my sister and myself a coffee filter wreath and have received so many compliments! I love what you did with the ball. It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Kathy T November 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Looks like a snowball -lovely

  40. tricia November 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Very pretty! I was looking for something special to use as decoration at my daughters baby shower, and now I’ve found it! Thanks :)

  41. amy@maisondecor November 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Foofy fun! Love this idea!

  42. kasey November 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I think you should sell these for those of us that can’t/don’t know how/are not crafty.

  43. Tiffany from HOLIDAY November 22, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    love all of these & really want to try my hand at it one day. thank you! xo

  44. Nicki November 22, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Wow…another craft project I need to add to my list! I had a great idea seeing the ball that was glued onto a paper lantern, you could get a paper lantern that you can plug in and do the coffee filters on that, not sure about how hot it may get, but I bet with the coffee filters added it would be even prettier.

  45. cheri November 22, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    so beautiful! i saw this on nester’s blog too and the brown filter wreath is on my list of things to make this week!! i just love when something unexpected {& so cheap!!} can be turned into something so beautiful {& expensive looking!!}!! :)

  46. Nichole @ Parlour November 22, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Awww, thanks for the shout out. All of these are great ideas! I’m kinda digging the garland though. I might have to see where I can fit that in. ( = So sweet.

  47. Trish @TheOldPostRoad November 22, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    I’ll be copying Pam Garrison’s too! I love that garland.

  48. dorylyn November 22, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    wonderful idea!!!

  49. I Live in an Antbed November 22, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    Those are so fun!!!!

  50. Melissa November 22, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    What a fun and easy idea. I may just have to try this!

  51. Cheryl Kanenwisher November 22, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    That is such a dramatic effect! Love it! I think this would be a fun project to do with my teenaged daughters. I may just try it out! Thanks for sharing.

  52. Emily November 22, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    I LOVE this! It’s so adorable…I’m trying to think which room of my house could use one…maybe my bedroom…could use THREE…

  53. j November 22, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    Gorgeous! You totally amaze me. I love your tutorials. I may have to try this one.

  54. chris November 22, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    I have been wanting to do one of these too , maybe a wreath , love this look , I think what you made would be considered a “POMEANDER”

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