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Coffee Filter Flower Topiary

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Crafting is expensive! I try to keep all of my projects budget-friendly but, even so, it still takes a big chunk of change. This is why I love projects like this topiary. The entire project cost less than $10 to make. Really, probably less than $5 considering I could make multiple topiaries with the materials.
To make the ball I used coffee filters, liquid Rit Dye in Scarlet, a paper lantern, hot glue, and a stapler. The coffee filters and stapler are from Dollar Tree; the lantern and glue are from Michael's; and the dye is c/o Rit Dye.
First, I dyed the filters. This is a super-easy process. I mixed 1/8 cup of liquid dye with 1 cup hot water in a small container. Next, I folded the filters into quarters and dip-dyed them.
I did bunches of 10 or so and line-dried them in my shower overnight. They also be dried flat in small stacks. I ended up using almost 150 filters.
To make the flowers I took 3 filters and folded them into quarters. Then I cut a scallop design into the edge and unfolded it. Next I grabbed the center into a small bunch and stapled it.
Next, I used my fingers to crimp and fold up each layer to make the petals.
To make the topiary, I simply hot-glued the flowers, making sure the coverage was even and full
Finally, I set it on large pedestal. This could also be made using a large styrofoam ball. I like the option of being able to hang it also by using the lantern

To see more: http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/2014/06/coffee-filter-flower-topiary.html

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  • Darling R Lopez
    Darling R Lopez San Antonio, TX
    on Jun 9, 2014

    @Cheryl Dewees , Where is the "love" button on here? This is great, beautiful and your tutorial was well done. I will be trying this out soon, thanks for sharing!

    • Cheryl Dewees
      Cheryl Dewees Tallahassee, FL
      on Jun 9, 2014

      @Darling R Lopez Thank you! What a wonderful compliment!!

  • J Susan Bond
    J Susan Bond El Cajon, CA
    on Jun 9, 2014

    It looks fun, simple and could also be used to make a wreath. Thanks for the idea.

    • Cheryl Dewees
      Cheryl Dewees Tallahassee, FL
      on Jun 9, 2014

      @J Susan Bond Very! I made the flowers while sitting on the couch watching tv.

  • Melisa Gingrich
    Melisa Gingrich Frisco, TX
    on Jun 10, 2014

    I love it! So simple and fun!

    • Cheryl Dewees
      Cheryl Dewees Tallahassee, FL
      on Jun 10, 2014

      @Melisa Gingrich Thank you! It's one of my favorites so far

  • Peg
    Peg Saint George, UT
    on Jun 10, 2014

    OM that is really elegant looking. Hard to believe you did that at such an affordable price.

    • Cheryl Dewees
      Cheryl Dewees Tallahassee, FL
      on Jun 10, 2014

      @Peg I want to craft AND be able to afford a vacation :-)

  • Carol Brown
    Carol Brown Belding, MI
    on Jun 10, 2014

    Awesome!!

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