Make a Coffee Filter Wreath for $5!

An hour or two is all it takes to make this stunning wreath from coffee filters! The finished wreath is full and lush and resembles rose petals!
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Here at DIY beautify, my goal is to create stunning home decor on a dime! As the holidays are creeping up on us, I've been feeling the pressure to get going with my holiday crafting.

Now, I've got to be honest with you...before I joined the wonderful world of blogging, I waited until after December 1st before breaking out the holiday crafts and decor. But times have changed!

One craft I've drooled over for awhile now, but had yet to make, is a white coffee filter wreath.

So last week on my day off, I finally sat down with all the supplies and got to work.

This wreath is so easy, and requires just 3 supplies!

I think you'll agree that it is a stunning wreath. No one will ever guess that you made it so cheaply (about $5) - or with coffee filters!

The kicker is that a coffee filter wreath does take some time to accomplish. You'll need about 1-1/2 - 2 hours to make this wreath. So just make a full pot of coffee, and think of this as therapy!

Supplies needed:

  • wreath base (I used a 12" straw wreath form) You can buy one for right around $2.00 if you use a 40% coupon at Michaels
  • hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks (I'm assuming you already have these and didn't include them in the cost to make the wreath)
  • 1-2 pkgs white coffee filters (the basket style like these that come 200/pkg) You can save some money by buying them at the dollar store, although you only get 150/pkg. You could get away with one package, but I made my wreath super full and found I had to dip into the second package so save yourself the hassle and buy two!
If you shop smart, you should easily be able to make this wreath for $5! Use a coupon for the wreath form and buy your coffee filters at the dollar store (that's about $4.00).

If you need extra glue sticks, you can purchase those at the dollar store as well. 

Steps to Make a Coffee Filter Wreath:

1. Fold a coffee filter in half

2. Loosely roll it up, keeping the ruffled edges even

3. Bend the bottom

4. Glue it to wreath form

5. Repeat - a lot! 

It's so much easier to just show you!

I found it helped to prep the coffee filters and have a little stack of 'florets' ready to go.

I started gluing the coffee filters to the inside edge of my wreath form, and worked my way around to the outside edge.

Leave the back of the wreath empty, it will make hanging easier.

This is what it will look like when the inside edge is complete.

You'll achieve the best results if you glue the filters really close together.

Now only about 150 more coffee filters to go!

I found as I got closer to the outside edge that I had some excess flaps of filter after gluing them down, so i just gave those a little trim with my scissors.

Almost done!

At this point I was eager to be finished, but that outside edge took the longest (it does have the largest surface area after all!)

Finished! Doesn't it look flower-like, with a mass of tight ruffly petals?

Using the tip I share in this short video, I hung the wreath on my white hutch, using some fishing line. It's almost invisible!

It's filter wreaths are the bomb! Can you imagine this is another color? It would probably take some work, but dyed coffee filters would make a stunning wreath!

I'm loving the white; it's perfect for a snowy Christmas, but would be beautiful to use year round.

I would love to know if you make this coffee filter wreath! Come back and leave me a note in the comments.

I've also got a tutorial for a coffee filter tree, you can find that here. It's beautiful and surprisingly sturdy!

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  1. I love this beautiful white wreath! Definitely my color choice. Beautiful job!

    1. Thank you so much Jacqueline, I think I'll be able to keep it up all year because of the neutral color.

  2. This looks absolutely beautiful!!! One of your newest followers.

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    1. Iris, welcome! I'm delighted you chose to follow along. Thank you for your sweet words 😊

  3. Love this in so many ways! So full and beautiful! Thanks for linking up with us at Create - Share - Inspire! Hope to see more of your lovely projects.

  4. I can use this in other projects as well. Thanks for posting! I wonder if this would work with cupcake cups?

    1. Yes, I'm sure you can make these with cupcake liners as well! They're a little stiffer to work with. You can check out a gingham cupcake liner tree I made last year here: I used a little bit of a different technique, but it turned out very well.

  5. I love this! Super easy and budget friendly- my 2 favorites! Also, I like that it can be used year 'round- not just at Christmas. Thank you for sharing at The DIY Collective!

    1. Thank you Brooke, I agree that this budget-friendly wreath can be used year round, making it a great use of a few dollars!

  6. I absolutely love this! I made one of my own with your directions and it turned out so cute. :) Thanks for the tutorial. Here's my wreath if you want to check it out and I cited your tutorial!

    Anne McCartney

  7. I was thinking if it wasn't such a pain it would also look great with the ends lightly painted. It is beautiful white though.


  8. Hi Cindy, I found your site because I needed to know how to fold the coffee filters. Your tutorial showed me just what I was looking for. I want my wreath to be as beautiful as yours. Many thanks.

    1. I'm so glad you found my tutorial helpful! It's a beautiful wreath that will last for many years!

  9. Love this wreath & your gorgeous white hutch! Would you mind sharing where you got it from? Thanks!

  10. Oh btw, my email is thanks again!

  11. I dip dyed mine pink for Valentine's Day. This was time consuming, but absolutely worth it! It's so beautiful and surprisingly sturdy. Thank you for this!

    1. Mary, what a fun idea! I'm so glad you enjoyed making this wreath (and making it your own!).

  12. Cindy, thanks for the jump-start. I have a garbage bag filled with prepared coffee filters. Unfortunately, I have skipped over it for other crafts. I prepped my filters by using acrylic paint to lightly color the edges of the filters when they were still stacked together. Took a little time to dry, but it resulted in an awesome affect. My wreath is very light and delicate and believe it or not it can still be considered a neutral color with highlights. THANKS.

  13. Would it be easier to start at the outside of the wreath form and work in? That way you might be able to see better as the rows form. Wondering

  14. Cindy, are all the filters facing the same way? In other words, are the little folded ends all facing out toward the edge of the wreath?

    I was also thinking that perhaps the red and white cupcake holders could be tucked among the coffee filters if you wanted a little more color? What do you think?

    1. Yes, the filters are all facing the same way. The closed end is the part that's glued to the wreath form! I think adding the cupcake liners would be a great addition! In fact, I made a tree using both. You can view it here

  15. I used the brown coffee filters and did a burlap buffalo checked ribbon brown and awesome!

  16. Would it be quicker to use pins to stick through the paper into the wreath form? Would they not hold as well as glue gun sticks?

    1. You could certainly try pins Gae, but I personally think the hot glue is easier. 😉


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