Coffee Filter Wreath

I must say I like this one.  It was cheap, easy, and really pretty when I was done.

While there were quite a few pictures up, this was really the only tutorial I found.  Liz at Recaptured Charm did a wonderful job showing how this wreath was made, that I had no problems with mine.

I bought a pack of foam pipe covers from Walmart for wreath forms.  I bought a pack of coffee filters from the dollar store.  I already had the glue gun and glue sticks.

First I formed the wreath with duct tape.  Not the prettiest job, but no one is going to see it.

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Then I started folding the coffee filters, waiting for the glue to warm up.

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Then around the wreath they go.  Ended up with about 5 rows, with stuffing in holes here and there.  Fluff it up, put a ribbon on the back, put an old bow I got from Grandma on the front, and hung it up.

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All together it took me a few hours, probably less if I wasn’t interrupted so much (my interruptions made me take a few days here and there).

All together my cost was less than $2 for one wreath.  A+

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Sharpie Plates, Sort Of

So I’ve been seeing a ton of posts featuring white dinnerware and sharpie markers, making super cute designs on them, baking for half an hour, and voila!, instant decorative plate that is food safe and hand wash only.

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Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess showcased this tutorial, using regular black sharpie markers and dollar store mugs.

I was going to try it.  But then I started digging, (I was looking for cool designs I could put on mine for Christmas) when I started coming across posts debunking this method.  I guess the sharpie washes off, as shown here.

The trick is not regular markers, but their special oil based paint pens.  Since no one in my little backwoods town carries them, and I really didn’t want to special order them, I just bought some paints for glass and ceramics.

And because any good project cannot be done with my children’s help, I let them go at it.

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My supplies.

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Mugs for their teachers.  The angle is bad, but they have best teachers painted on them.

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My husband told them he wanted mugs for him and me, and let them have at it.  Then they wanted to do a plate.  I’m pretty sure those are flowers on the plate and mugs.

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Here is the plate I did.  I’m going to use it for a Christmas present, maybe have some cookies on it, and when the cookies are gone, surprise, a very pretty plate underneath.

Painted them, and baked them for half an hour.  Hopefully the paint is set, but will be testing the Joy plate in the sink, just to see if it will hold.  I really hope so.