Hello lovely readers,
Apologies for the delayed post today.
This post was originally one sweet little DIY tutorial all set to go live at 9am this morning then I got immersed in the intoxicating world of coffee filter flowers and ended up adding another and another until I was up to my eyeballs in coffee filter tutorials and inspiration! So it took waaay longer than expected but I do hope you'll find it useful.
If you're looking for a cheap, simple and pretty DIY project for your wedding, coffee filter flowers could be just the thing!
photo via Just Simple Designs
Who knew coffee filters could look so pretty?
The great thing about coffee filter flowers is that they can be used in so many different ways, from decor (they'd make a mean ceremony backdrop) to centerpieces, place settings, wreaths and, if done in miniature, they'd look so sweet attached to escort cards or favor boxes!
You could even create a bunch of them, attach them to ribbon wrapped florist's wire et voila! a bouquet of flowers that will live on after your wedding and be a sweet keepsake of your special day.
There's also a variety of ways of making them (depending on your desired effect or the time you have to make them) so after researching the different methods, I thought I'd do a round up on the best tutorials I found to save all you crafty brides having to hunt them down!
Dying Coffee Filters
Coffee filters are wonderfully delicate looking and absorbant ~ perfect for dying! Use water colours or watered down acrylic paint for a more intense colour or food colouring and natural dyes such as beetroot or tea for a vintage, yellowy brownish aged effect.
photos via Emalee Design
The basic dying technique is very similar in all the tutorials I've found. I found this step by step photo tutorial by Salvaged Whimsy on coffee filter dying to be very helpful. Erin oven dries the dyed coffee filters to speed up the process but you could always dry them flat on paper towels or air dry them by hanging from a string / washing line.
Top 10 Coffee Filter Flower DIY Tutorials + Ideas
*Firstly, I have to draw your attention to good old Martha Stewart's tutorial by Cassie Mae Chappell which provides a downloadable petal template. As Cassie Mae Chappell actually sells these roses in her shop, Mommy Makes Roses, this is quite a fiddly and tricky tutorial but definitely worth a look if you want to make realist looking roses.*
Some Of The Best (And Easiest) Coffee Filter Flower Tutorials
1. Realistic Roses via Emalee Design ~ an in-depth photo tutorial using the intricate petal shape template by Martha Stewart mentioned above. This method is very detailed, it even involves rolling the edge of each petal around a pencil to create a natural effect. Emalee actually made loads of these roses for her wedding decor! However, unless you have a lot of time, I think this style is best suited to small quantities such as bouquets or button holes.
2. Rolled Roses via Salvaged whimsy ~ a much simpler technique, involving cutting a spiral shape into your coffee filter and simply rolling it in on itself. Then using hot glue at the base to ensure the roses don't unravel. (Full tutorial here.) I really like the finished effect and think these would be so pretty for a backdrop, or a wreath (like no. 8 above) and it wouldn't take too long to create large quantities.
3. A Variety Of Roses via Aunt Peaches~ this brilliant photo tutorial outlines 3 different techniques for creating coffee filter roses including a pleating technique, ruffling technique and a multi-layered technique to create larger roses. I love the effect of mixing and matching the different roses. These would make lovely, full, 'floral' centerpieces on a budget.
4. Super Easy Flowers (No Glue Gun Needed!) via Two Shades Of Pink~ this is by far the easiest way to create coffee filter flowers quickly and in large quantities. All you need is coffee filters, scissors, masking tape and a stapler! Check out the video tutorial below.
Also, I love Jessica's idea of spreading them across a tables cape for a romantic look, or having them cascading down a table cloth...if you used real roses a look like this would be extremely expensive but with coffee filter roses, the possibilities are endless!
photo via Two Shades Of Pink
Coffee Filter Flower Ideas
5. Make pretty coffee filter flower place cards as seen at this awesome carnival themed wedding on 100 Layer Cake. This cute video demonstrates how to make the blue coffee filter flowers above. It's just 1 minute long but I think it's so helpful to watch the whole process from start to finish. It makes it look super easy and achievable!
6. An example of using coffee filter flowers as a ceremony backdrop ~ cool huh?! (via Green Wedding Shoes)
7. Single stem coffee filter and paper flowers look modern and fresh on their own or pairs in bottles of different heights and sizes. (Tutorial via Green Wedding Shoes.)
8. These rose wreaths by Salvaged Whimsy are so romantic! I like the thought of popping them on the front of the church doors (if you get married in a church) or hanging them from the backs of chairs.
9. Dahlia pom poms ~ a modern yet whimsical touch to any wedding! (Full tutorial on Aunt Peaches). Attach the finished poms poms to a piece of string/ribbon hanging down vertically or strung across the reception space horizontally. If you like the simple, ruffled effect from photo no. 4. you can also make coffee filter pom poms using a similar stapling technique (watch the video tutorial here via Rhonna Designs).
How AMAZING is that?! I love the grey icing teamed with the peachy pink ombre flowers. Wish I'd included it in my pink and grey inspiration board!
BUY or DIY?
Now for all you who love the look of these but not the time or effort involved, fear not ~ you can buy pre-cut and hand dyed kits to create them quicker or even beautiful ready made bouquets from Mommy Makes Roses. Hurrah!
Ok my lovelies, I'm all coffee filter flowered out. My next move is to actually make some myself...
Please leave me a comment if you found this helpful, or share your coffee filter decor ideas ~ I'd love to hear from you guys!