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!
How did I come up with Angel Wings for Seven Swans a Swimming, you ask?
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.
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.
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.
I put together this simple tutorial graphic to show you how I did it.
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!
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.
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:
Finally I made a pretty finishing edge by laying them flat around the sides and then tucking them around the back.
Put on some great holiday music, place some cookies in the oven and keep your eye on the prize! They will be beautiful –
They look so stunning on top of my
DIY Knockoff Faux Card Catalog that I showcased in our
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!
Lucky for me, he usually puts up with my decor shenanigans – Bless his Heart!
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!
Swans were created to help us see beauty in all things and in all ways…