Coffee Filter Angel Wings Tutorial: 12 Days of Christmas Tour

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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:

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I love how swans exude grace and elegance.
Their wings are a stunning display of beauty.


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I was totally inspired by how angelic they are!


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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.

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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.

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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.

Progress:

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Patience:

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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.

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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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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!

MONDAY DEC 1st
{Partridge in a Pear Tree}
Simply Fresh Vintage
Petticoat Junktion
Snazzy Little Things
{Two Turtle Doves}
Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
Fresh Idea Studio

TUESDAY DEC 2nd
{Three French Hens}
Country Design Style
DIO Home Improvements
mommy is coocoo
{Four Calling Birds}
Artsy Chicks Rule
Virginia Sweet Pea

WEDNESDAY DEC 3rd
{Five Golden Rings} House on the Way Diy180 Restoration Redoux
{Six Geese a Laying} Postcards from the Ridge
Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

THURSDAY DEC 4th
{Seven Swans a Swimming} Curb Alert! Cupcakes and Crinoline
{Eight Maids a Milking} Our Southern Home
DaisyMaeBelle

FRIDAY DEC 5th
{Nine Ladies Dancing}Better After Rappsody in Rooms
{Ten Lords a Leaping} The Endearing Home

SATURDAY DEC 6th
{Eleven Pipers Piping}Refresh Restyle
Lilacs and Longhorns Imparting Grace
{Twelve Drummers Drumming}What Meegan Makes Mrs. Hines’ Class

Swans were created to help us see beauty in all things and in all ways…
~Tami


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27 Comments

  1. Unknown

    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!

    Paula@SweetPea
    http://www.virginiasweetpea.com

  2. Maria Elena

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

  3. Christy Little Our Southern Home

    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

  4. Vanessa

    Tami,

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

  5. Christy James

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

    • Cristina Greco

      Hi, Tami! I’m in the process of making these for a heaven sent themed baby shower and will add a photo soon. But how did you get it hung on the wall?

  6. Artsy Chicks Rule

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

    Nancy

  7. Therese Feeman

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

  8. Jeanette Chaney

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

  9. karen@somewhatquirky

    Really like these! Nice tutorial as well.

  10. monkey

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

  11. Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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

  12. Lauren TheEndearingHome

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous and so creative!

  13. Megan Aubrey

    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!

  14. Http://whatmeeganmakes.com

    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!!

  15. Cindy Adkins

    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.

  16. Dria S

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

  17. Paxie

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

  18. Lisa Dugan

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

  19. Leslie Stewart

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

  20. Postcards from the ridge

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

  21. reFresh reStyle

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

  22. Shannon Fox

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

  23. Debbiedoos

    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

  24. Karen

    I love these! Can you please show a close up of the folded filter and how they’re applied together on the wings? I can’t see the detail and can’t seem to enlarge the photos. Thanks so much!

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