Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Do you all remember my pal, Justine? The amazingly talented designer/calligrapher/friend seen here and here. She recently got married and had the most amazing DIY paper flowers at her shower and wedding ceremony. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. They are so beautiful, realistic and they last forever! I managed to swipe one itty bitty rose from her shower but decided I need more, a lot more.

Fate came into play when I got a super nice email from Pottery Barn Canada (yay!) asking me to style some flowers in one of their beautiful vases. Um, yes please. I immediately called up Justine so she could finally teach me how to make those pretty, paper flowers.

We set to work combing our craftiness (not to mention Justine's absolutely stunning hand lettering) to make something pretty out of plain old coffee filters.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

I told you they were beautiful and they look so real! Justine got her original instructions/templates from the queen of craft, Martha Stewart, and we've added in a few tips based on what we've learned along the way. Here's what we did...

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Supplies:
- scissors
- floral tape
- coffee filters
- bamboo skewers
- Martha Stewart petal template (download from martha)

*optional: watercolour paint

step 1:
- Using Martha Stewart's template cut petal pieces out of coffee filters*.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

*note: we only did petal #4 on the perforated edge in an effort to waste less filter.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 2:
- wrap one #1 petal tightly around the skewer.
- pull floral tape tight and wrap around skewer and petal to secure to the skewer.
- wrap tape downwards as you go.

- take one more #1 petal and make sure the points don't line up with the first one.
- wrap around skewer and secure with floral tape.
- always try and keep petals at about the same height.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 3:
- take one #2 petal and wrap around skewer.
- secure with floral tape (make sure it's nice and tight!).
- make sure to adjust so that the petal points don't line up.

- take one more #2 petal and repeat.

step 4:
- take one #3 petal, wrap around skewer and secure with floral tape.

- take one more #3 petal and repeat.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 5:
- take one #4 petal and carefully pull apart at perorated edge to open petal.
- wrap around skewer and secure with floral tape.
- it's ok to fold and bunch a bit at the base, just make sure everything is secured with tape.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 6:
- take three #5 and #6 petals and stagger around rose (pointy side down).
- wrap floral tape around all three and secure (you can do these one at a time as well).

- repeat with petals #7 and #8. Fill in gaps as needed.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 8:
- separate petals using your fingers (or a skewer for the middle bits) to fill out the rose.

step 9:
- Use bamboo skewer to curl the edges.
- curl tips downward onto skewer and pull upwards.

step 10:
- wrap floral tape all the way down skewer to create a green stem. Ta-da, a flower!

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

step 11: optional painting.
- Dip the whole thing in a bowl of watered down water colour paint. Hang upside down to dry.
- Once dry, paint the edges of the petals with watercolour paint (not watered down) to create a darker natural edge.

- or you can see what Martha Stewart did here.

Phew! That sounds like a lot of steps but it's really not that bad. Don't worry if your flower doesn't look perfect, flowers aren't perfect so this will make it look more natural. Have patience and make at least two, trust me, your second one will look better.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Man, I love having crafty friends, thank you so much for teaching me how to make these, Justine (and for putting up with the photos along the way).

Happy crafting!
Christine

Sources:
Evleen Mercury Glass Vase: c/o Pottery Barn
Hand Lettering: Justine Ma Design

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Will have to totally bookmark this one, Christine :)

    Also, [yay! on the the pottery barn collaboration!]
    xoe

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  2. Wow, I can't get over how real they look! And that vase is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing! :) One day I will become crafty again...haha!

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    1. Thanks, Brie, hope you find your crafting groove! Trust me, I know how hard it is to find the time!

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  3. andddddd wow!!!! My jaw was on the floor with every shot in this post girl. You have outdone yourself, and raised the bar considerably for the rest of us!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Holly, that means a lot coming from someone as creative as you!!

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  4. These are beeeautiful, Christine! Great job, my Friend!

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  5. These are absolutely gorgeous! Hard to believe they were made with coffee filters - They look like real flowers in your photos! Wonderful idea! :)

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    1. They look pretty real in person too, Sara! I kept smelling them, haha.

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  6. Those are seriously gorgeous!! and such a great tutorial!! love that hand lettering!!!

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  7. Oooh how pretty! You can't go wrong with gorgeous flowers that don't wilt :-)

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  8. really great tutorial with amazing pics! Well done!

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  9. OK first--Pottery Barn CA!!! That's awesome!!

    Your tutorial, Justine's calligraphy, & these roses are flawless. The chalkboard backdrop took this all to the next level! My palms are sweaty just thinking about how my next blog post tutorial's going to suck next to this. ;-)

    LOVE!!

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    1. Hahaha, please. Your posts are always beautiful! Plus, I think Justine takes all of the pretty credit on this one!,

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  10. This is sooooo beautiful!! Love it how delicate the result is!

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  11. Gorgeous! And the instructions are a lot simpler than I thought they would be. They look lovely.

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    1. Thank you! I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it was really quite simple!

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  12. SO pretty!! And they look fantastic in that vase. :)

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  13. Gorgeous! I wish I had the patience to do this. Making tissue pom poms for my friend's bridal shower almost killed me!!

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    1. I seriously think these may have been faster than those tissue poms!

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  14. I still am in shock that these are coffee filters! They came out so beautifully. And oh my goodness, look at you and your fancy styling! :)

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    1. Thank you, Justine and I had way too much fun!

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  15. thanks for this!! they are so lovely. I'm going to try this tomorrow!!!!

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    1. Yay! You'll have to let me know how they turn out!

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  16. holy moses I just love these! I would never have the patience to make an entire bouquet. bravo ladies and Justine's calligraphy is so perfect it looks photoshopped in but I know otherwise.
    you're going to be Pinterest famous.
    xoxo

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  17. I'm in love!!! These are amazing... until I try and completely botch them. HA!

    Steph
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  18. Wow...this is amazing...they look like real roses ! Great job !

    Best,
    Marlin

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  20. Any idea on the cost of each flower? Is it cheaper than finding a fake rose at Hobby Lobby on sale?

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