Happy Holidays, everyone! I’m Consie and I blog over at Atop Serenity Hill about face and body painting, cake decorating, photography and anything else that comes along on my creative journey. I am excited to be here today (thanks, Shannah!) to share my coffee filter Christmas tree garland with you!
This is an easy project that you can add to your decorating this season and it can be personalized! Here is the supply list:
- White coffee filters
- Green icing dye, water & container
- Decorative paper straws
- Gold pipe cleaners
- Red cardstock, paper punch & a piece of white chalk
- Gold cording
- White sheer wired ribbon
- Hot glue gun
Start by dyeing your coffee filters in a container filled with water and green icing dye. I didn’t measure out my dye. I just winged it. If you want a darker color, experiment with a couple filters to find a color you like. I did all my filters at the same time, squeezed out the excess water and put them on a cooling rack to dry.
You can get 2 stars out of each gold pipe cleaner. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and then gently bend the piece into a star shape. You don’t need to connect the bottom because the hot glue will hold it in place later.Once all of your filters are dry, use one as a pattern to see how long you want your paper straw to be. I ended up cutting about an inch off of each straw. I hot glued the straw into the center of the filter first. Next, I divided the filter into four sections and glued each piece to the straw. The next step was to take the center of the four loops and glue those to the straw as well. You end up with eight loops that are attached to the straw. I used one of the straws to fluff the sections as they get a bit smashed as you work with the filter. The final step was to hot glue the gold star at the top of the tree.Using sheer, white, wired ribbon, I knotted the ribbon about every 2 inches or so. Each knot will get either a tree or a gift tag hot glued to it.
Make your gift tags from red card stock and a paper punch. I decided to personalize mine with the names of family and furry friends! I used regular old chalk to write on them but a chalk marker or paint marker would be more permanent. I just didn’t have one handy!! Tip: I sharpened my chalk with a large pencil sharpener. It makes a great point! Using gold cording, make tiny bows to add to all of your tags.
Once you have all your trees, tags and gold bows, hot glue everything to the sheer ribbon. Alternate the trees and the tags, starting with a tag. I glued the tag down first and then the bow on top. The trees are glued down by the top point of the gold star.I added the garland to my desk cabinet for a fun, festive touch! My desk is very plain and sits in a corner of our living room. I wanted to have just a simple reminder of the season and all my reasons for feeling blessed this time of year with me when I worked! I attached the garland on the sides of the desk with a piece of tape so that it will be easily removed after the holidays. I can also open and close the curtain when needed.I hope you will give this playful, personalized garland a try and bring a piece of Christmas to your home!
Thanks for letting me share my coffee filter Christmas tree garland with you today! You might also like to check out my White chocolate snowflake cupcake toppers or try your hand at one of my face painting tutorials (here, here & here). If you like to be social, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter! ~Consie