Thursday, December 4, 2014

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial: 12 Days of Christmas Tour

Welcome to the 2014 Christmas Home Tour where I join other bloggers in decorating our homes with projects inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas. 

Today I am sharing Seven Swans a Swimming! 

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How did I come up with Angel Wings for Seven Swans a Swimming, you ask?

It all started when I read this poem:

Coffee Filter Angel Wings - Swan Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

I love how swans exude grace and elegance. 
Their wings are a stunning display of beauty. 
I was totally inspired by how angelic they are!

Here's how I made them. 

I used a super sized piece of cardboard from the box that our new mattress was delivered in - perfect timing!  My little model is over 4 feet tall and wanted to pose with it for reference.

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I drew a wing on one side and then cut it out with an Exacto Brand knife.
I then folded over the wing and traced it onto the other side so that they would be symmetrical.

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

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I folded the coffee filters and started gluing them with hot glue, starting at the bottom of the wings and then working my way upward. 

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

I put together this simple tutorial graphic to show you how I did it. 

In summary: 
Fold the coffee filters into quarters, crease into a triangle at the bottom, hot glue onto the cardboard - two thousand, two hundred times!

Yes that's right!
2,400 coffee filters (12 packages @ $1.48 per pack)
115 glue sticks (@ $3.98 per pack of 100)
You could probably even get away with a lot cheaper supplies by purchasing the coffee filters at the dollar store! 

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I'm not going to lie, many hours and many glue gun burns later I worked my way up the wings until they were finally, finally as beautiful as I envisioned they would be. 


Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog


Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

I tucked each folded filter in tight next to the previous one and worked my way across the wings. 
Here I what the side looked like before I finished it off with pretty edges:

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Finally I made a pretty finishing edge by laying them flat around the sides and then tucking them around the back.

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial via Curb Alert! Blog

Put on some great holiday music, place some cookies in the oven and keep your eye on the prize!  They will be beautiful -
I promise! 

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They look so stunning on top of my 
DIY Knockoff Faux Card Catalog that I showcased in our 
Knockoff Tour.

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And since they were made with the mattress box I thought it might be fitting to place them over our bed, although hubby is on the fence about it so they may not stay for long. 
I just keep reminding him, "Happy Wife, Happy Life!"  hee hee! 

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Lucky for me, he usually puts up with my decor shenanigans - Bless his Heart! 

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Gracefully sharing this post with you and: 

Thank you for stopping by our Twelve Days of Christmas Tour.   Be sure to check back all week as my other blogger friends are sharing their interpretations of the Twelve Days of Christmas!


{Four Calling Birds} Artsy Chicks Rule Virginia Sweet Pea 


{Seven Swans a Swimming} Curb Alert! Cupcakes and Crinoline
{Eight Maids a Milking} Our Southern Home DaisyMaeBelle 

{Nine Ladies Dancing}Better After  Rappsody in Rooms 
{Ten Lords a Leaping} The Endearing Home 

{Twelve Drummers Drumming}What Meegan Makes Mrs. Hines' Class

Swans were created to help us see beauty in all things and in all ways...


Unknown said...

Wow! This was a real labor of love but boy-oh-boy was it worth the time you put into making it. What a fabulous decoration for your home for Christmas!


Maria Elena said...

They are beautiful, Tami! What an amazing project. For sure worth all the work and glue gun burns. xoxo Maria

Christy Little Our Southern Home said...

Tami, these are so amazing. I've been wanting to make a pair, but the task of cutting out all those shapes! Coffee filters are perfect! So elegant. Christy

Vanessa said...


I love, love this project. Awesome and beautiful!!!!

Christy James said...

I know these were a lot of work, but they turned out fabulous! They would be sweet above your daughter's bed too! XOXO

Artsy Chicks Rule said...

Wow, just beautiful Tami!!! So much work...but so worth it!!!


Therese Feeman said...

AhMazing Tami! I love your creativity! So beautiful and inspiring! Merry merry Christmas to you and yours.

Jeanette Chaney said...

So totally awesome! What an incredible piece to have for display. WOW! Jeanette

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Really like these! Nice tutorial as well.

monkey said...

my word and bless your heart i bet your fingers were raw this are awesomely beautiful tami wanna make me some ha ha xx

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Wow! You have such creative vision and talent. The wings are gorgeous.

Lauren TheEndearingHome said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous and so creative!

Megan Aubrey said...

This is an absolutely stunning project. I am so very very impressed. Gorgeous and resourceful in every way! Wow is all I can say! I'm so glad we did this tour to see all these wonderful ideas!

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Really incredible Tami! I am SO impressed by YOUR creativity and patience. Your angels wings look lovely above your headboard. AND they are beautiful for Christmas, too!!
Thanks for sharing on the tour.
Merry Christmas!!

Cindy Adkins said...

This is totally gorgeous and I love it over your bed with your awesome pillows!!! I have a Facebook page called Angels at My Door with 50,000 followers and I know they will love these wings.

Dria S said...

Tami, this is beautiful, you did an amazing job!! I love that you can use them for anytime of the year too!

Paxie said...

First time visitor and all I can say is WOW and the amount of patience it took was amazing!
Fabulous job!

Lisa Dugan said...

OMG!! These are gorgeous!!!! I may actually try this one myself.

Leslie Stewart said...

LOVE your angel wings! Wow! What a project...a lot of patience!
Have a great week.
Leslie @ House on the Way

Postcards from the ridge said...

Wow! This is beautiful! And you are so patient to take the time to fold and glue all those coffee filters! Gorgeous, really.

reFresh reStyle said...

These are on my to-do list! Thanks for the tutorial! Love them,

Shannon Fox said...

Tami these are so, so beautiful. Perfectly full, fluffy and wonderfully layered. You outdid yourself. They are divine!!!! Pinning :) xo ~Shannon

Debbiedoos said...

Tami that is STUNNING! I am blown away at your creativity. Thanks so much for sharing at the Dollar Christmas party. Always a pleasure to have you. XO