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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

make a coffee filter fall twig

This might just be the week of cheap and easy things to make. Don't get me wrong, I like to spend money - but not on fake flowers or box store decorations. Our seasonal decorations tend to be our current art projects. Usually, they are open ended and utilize really basic supplies. 

Coffee filter projects are everywhere now. Have you seen them?  Some of them are truly stunning. But we went simple for this project. First, we water colored a bunch of cheap coffee filters. The idea was to use fall colors, but since that is really a concept my kids only know from story books, we had a wider range. 

After they dried, we free cut some basic leaf shapes and glued them on a stick from the yard. This was an ongoing project. We glued on some leaves and then came back later to glue on some more. There are plans for a birds nest and a little bird. While it is not the most high end project, I love its organic nature and that is can be played with and changed as the season continues. 


  1. Oooh! I have seen the "Anthropologie" coffee filter garland a couple years ago, but I have not yet seen a variation like this. It's just stunning and made such a pretty autumnal banner. Happy Fall!

  2. Very simple and festive. Love it!

  3. I love it. My kiddos also really only know fall through books.

  4. Very nice, I like how your leaves are clumped together. I made a similar one, it's one of my favorite pieces in the house :)
    ~Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art

  5. Love this! Totally inspired to get crafty with coffee filters Amy!

  6. Love it Amy! We have a bunch of left over coffee filter "leaves" we painted that didn't make it onto our garland. Now I know what to do with them! ;)


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