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DIY Coffee-Filter Garland

These beautiful garlands can transform your reception and are easily made by dyeing and stringing together inexpensive coffee filters. Keep this project stress-free by dyeing the filters in one day, and then making the pom-poms in small batches in the months leading up to your wedding.

Tools and Supplies

Powdered dye, such as Procion MX Dye
Bucket
Rubber gloves
Coffee filters
Needle and thread
Monofilament fishing line

How-To

  1. In a plastic bucket, mix your dye with water according to the label's instructions.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves, dunk a large stack of coffee filters into the dye until they are saturated.
  3. Remove filters and wring them out over the bucket.
  4. Toss the colored filters in your dryer for a few minutes for a textured look -- no more than 10 minutes at most -- or let them air-dry for a more ruffled effect.
  5. Stack 12 together, and connect the layers by pulling a needle and thread through the center. Use your fingers to fluff up the edges like rosettes.
  6. Once you've got a bunch of puffs, string them on fishing line and tie knots on either side to keep them in place.

Comments (2)

  • StephHSF 14 Sep, 2012

    Such a great idea! I'm making these too. The tip on the crimping beads was very helpful.
    Also, I started by sewing the filters together in the center but after 60 or so switched to a stapler. It's less likely to pull through and you can't see the staples when the pom poms are fluffed up.

  • vkc815 22 Jun, 2012

    I will be decorating our tent with this garland,,thanks for the wonderful idea.
    I have found not all coffee filters are the same. I bought 2 different brands. A store brand accepted the dye wonderfully, nice rich color but the other (pure brew)came out streaked and had brown patches...no matter how long I dyed them.
    I am stringing the filters straight onto the fishing line placing a crimping bead between the groups of 12 filters crimping them down to hold and "tie" the flowers in place