Weddings (as I am finding out) can be quite a costly affair, but why not save a few pennies here and there by making your own decorations for your wedding day? Here is the first (many more to come) DIY tutorial that I will share with my readers.
I am getting married next August, and while I would love to fill the venue with beautiful fresh flowers (my favourite being Peonies) this would cost a small fortune, so I have decided to cheat a little bit by making and using these pretty Coffee Filter Flowers. They are really easy to make and very, very cheap too. 🙂
As I am having a rustic/barn (Mumford & sons) theme for my wedding day I am sticking to neutral earth colours – mainly burlap, whites, creams and a very light gold colour. For this tutorial I won’t be dying my coffee filters, but you can do so by soaking your filters in a tub of water (with a small drop of food colorant) & drying them out on a line before following my step-by-step guide below.
So here goes…
What you’ll need
- Coffee Filters (I am using 3 pint 250mm wide filters) bought from ebay (x6 per flower)
- Bamboo BBQ Skewers
- Masking tape
- Strong craft glue (PVA is good too)
- A good pair of scissors
Step 1: Making the centre ‘petals’
To make each flower I am using 6 coffee filters. You can use more, but I find the flowers get a little heavy and slide down their sticks if you overload them. 😉
Start by flattening out your first coffee filter. You don’t need to smooth out the crimped effect (as this looks quite nice), just make it flat enough so you can start folding.
Fold your circle in half, then repeat 3 more times (so 4 folds in total), until you are left with the flute shape above.
Take your stapler and secure the lower part of the folded coffee filter paper.
You’ll then need to use your scissors to cut the top edge of the flute in a scallop shape – don’t worry if it’s not perfect as you’ll be ‘fluffing up’ your flower later, so you won’t really notice. 😉
Take a skewer and use your masking tape to stick the pointed end of your flower-to-be on the top (flat end) of your skewer. Use enough tape so that it feels secure, because this will be your base.
Now the first section of petals has been fixed onto your skewer, fluff-up and scrunch the petals a little so that they open out and look a bit more natural. I like to twist the very centre a little bit so that they spiral towards the centre.
Step 2: Making your petals
Take the other 5 coffee filters and flatten them out – just like you did with the centre piece. If you are making a lot of flowers you can prepare more so that you can set-aside and use them later. 😉
You will only need to fold the filters in half 3 times for this stage, so that you are left with a slightly wide flute shape. No need to staple these!
Once again, cut the edge of the wedge into a scallop shape. Then open out each circle ready for the next stage.
You should have x5 scalloped circles (or more if you want a fuller flower) ready to go.
Step 3: Adding the petals
For this next part you will need your glue. Most craft glue is fine to use, I just prefer the quick-drying kind so I’m using extra strong clear adhesive (Bostik).
You don’t really need much glue – just a circle (as shown above) towards the centre of each circle is fine.
Once you have added your glue, use the pointed end of your skewer and pierce the filter through the middle of the circle and push it up the length of the stick until you reach the base of your centre petals.
Nip the filter from underneath and squeeze it around your centre petals until you feel it is securely in place. Don’t worry how your flower looks just yet as you can fluff it up once you have finished. 🙂
Repeat this process for all 5 scalloped circles.
To finish your flower, all you will need to do is take a piece of masking tape and wrap this around your final petal layer (at the base). This should secure all the petal layers in place – especially if the glue is still drying.
Now it’s time for the fluffing-up! Just scrunch and preen until you are happy with how your flower looks. At this point I also used my scissors to cut the stem/skewer in half, so that I can use this to make another flower. If you need long stems you can skip this part, but as I am using my flowers to decorate the back of the dining chairs at my venue, mine don’t need to be so long. 😉
And there you have it! Really easy, really cheap but very pretty paper flowers! 🙂
You could make a few of these and tie them together to create flower balls (hang them from the ceiling with satin ribbon). Also, why not try dying them different colours (perhaps to match your wedding colour scheme) with water & food colouring (or a drop of ink).
I am also thinking of using smaller filters to make my bridesmaids little flower hair clips, or perhaps I will use a similar method but with fabric (possibly tulle) instead.
If you have found this tutorial useful (or better yet you have made some flowers & wish to share your photos!) please leave me a comment or image link below. Also, please share and pin to all your friends!
Best wishes, Jenni.