coffee filter tree


Posted by Rebecca, December 15th, 2010

I mentioned in my coffee filter wreath post that I had also made a tree.  I picked up 4 of these foam cone forms from the craft store.

I first experimented with some fancy paper patterns, but they were far too time consuming.  In the end, I stuck with the same method as the wreath.

By the way, have you ever tried to remove something you’ve hot glued? My god those little rosette flowers I made were nearly impossible to rip off!

I just kept adding the filters until I ended up with this.

You can see the trimmings there in the back.  That was the first round of my scissor-handing.  This thing was so massive and ugly that I didn’t even think to take a picture of the before process.  I was just immediately thinking of how I could help this abominable snow/coffee filter tree.  Mike’s response? “What the heck happened at the top?” Well as you add the filters, suddenly you’re at the top, but the filters are still like 3 inches away from the point.  So you end up with flat top.  I knew this would happen because I had seen pictures of other coffee filter trees out there.  I guess I just thought it would be easier to trim down.  I did manage to do quite a bit of trimming.

I also stuck a floral wire, which I shaped into a point into the top of the foam to add a couple more inches to work with.  Then I stuck a star I had hanging around on the top to hide the awkward lack of pointy top.

I totally didn’t realize there was a chunk missing on the right until I took these pictures.  Whoops! You can’t tell in person, I promise 🙂

With the star on top and after staring at it for a couple of days, I like it much more.  I may still add some ribbon to it.

It still has that full and fluffy texture that I love about the coffee filter wreath.

I don’t think this is going to cut it as our only tree though.

10 days until Christmas. I should probably put a full sized tree there.

Excuse me, I must now go and trim that lump out of my coffee filter tree.  Looking at these pictures is driving me crazy.  No wonder why Mike doesn’t let me trim his hair….

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7 Responses to “coffee filter tree”

  1. Very cute! I keep eyeballing all the feather trees I see out there, but I think I’m done crafting/decorating for this year. Maybe next!

  2. I laughed out loud at the picture of it in the entryway! Such a cute little tree!

  3. So cute! Love your little star topper especially!!!

  4. ha! i’m with cait .. i laughed out loud when i saw the picture of your tree by the steps. 🙂 so funny! it’s super cute though. i might have to try making one of those for next year. 🙂

    i’m so glad i came across your blog! i started a blog a little while ago to follow along with the process of the house my fiance and i are building. 🙂 when i saw the pictures at the top of your blog, i was hooked! 😉

  5. woot! more fluffy awesomeness!

  6. Colleen says:

    Hi there,
    Just found your blog tonight and I am hooked. You have great style and I love what you have done to your home.

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