This past weekend was an absolute blast as we celebrated my daughter’s 1st birthday. I am dying to show you all of the details and DIY projects but I have to hold off just a bit! BUT since I tend to be a little impatient, I am giving you a sneak peek into the theme of the party by sharing one of my projects with you. This project may just look like another decorative wreath, but it actually holds a lot of family history and was a very special addition to her party. (This was also my craft for Round 3 of Creative Bloggers Got Talent over at Every Creative Endeavor and it landed me a place in the Top 10! Now onto Round 4!)
I’ve seen some beautiful coffee filter wreaths and I have fallen in love with them. They are simply gorgeous and I knew I wanted to make one for Baby E’s birthday since it fit perfectly into the theme.
I wanted a more vintage look so I tea-stained the coffee filters using tea from my collection.
As I mentioned earlier, this wreath has become very special to me because the gems used in the wreath were actually my great grandmother’s and the person who Baby E was named after. The pink and white pearl clusters were actually a pair of her earrings and the brooch was a gift given to her for 30 years of volunteer service at a local organization.
The ribbon also holds sentimental value as it was left over from my wedding day.
I really enjoyed making this wreath and I am really happy with how it turned out. It will be really special to tell Baby E about it one day.
In case you are curious on how I put this together, here are some basic instructions.
1. Place 5 dark color tea bags into a large pot. Bring to boil and then place on low-medium heat.
2. Place 20 coffee filters into the pot and use a spoon to make sure they are fully submerged. Soak them for 10-20 minutes or until you get the color that you want. Repeat until all of the coffee filters are stained ( I used about 100 for this wreath).
I clipped the coffee filters onto pant hangers and hung them in the laundry room to help them dry faster. I also spread a few out on top of paper towels and that worked too.
4. Wrap the coffee filter around a screw driver and push it into the wreath. You may need to do a few extra jabs to really get it secure in there.
5. Place the coffee filters about 1-1 1/2″ a part (to get the fullness of this wreath).
Repeat until the wreath is completely covered and add some bling of your choice!
If you like this, you are going to LOVE Baby E’s party!