Summer is here and with it has come the season of weddings, parties, and festive showers! Every event seems to try and top the next with decor and food and activities to throw yourself into. It is overwhelming, but oh so fun! I don't know if you have ever hosted a bridal shower, birthday party or any sort of themed event, but the cost racks itself up quickly!! So many times I have turned to a DIY and it was a flop, cost more money or I missed some details and couldn't get it done in time.
This week we tried out 31 Bit's Coffee Filter Garland DIY. I loved it and I want to do it again, the only problem is that the instructions were so vague that it made the project take longer than it should have and ended up stressing us out. We decided the only way to fix this would be to share with you some tips we picked up on the way.
Thank you 31 Bits for this genius DIY!
1. Flatten the Filters
Flattening the coffee filters is easy, but the more hands the faster it will go. Don't worry about making it perfect because when you spray them the water will help you out even more. Just turn on your favorite show, grab a snack and flatten away.
(You could even do this while spraying if you would like to skip a step or are doing this alone)
2. Make Your Spray
This is the fun part! Figure out what colors you would like and mix the food coloring into your spray bottles to the desired colors.
You are going to want to start by spraying 10 coffee filters, allow them to dry, then stack them up to see what color you are going to end up with. We learned that colors change after drying, they tend to get darker once the water is gone and then it gets even darker when you stack them all up to string your garland.
3. Go Spray Happy
Find a space you can use to spray your filters. You won't want to do it on carpet as the coloring will bleed through. Don't worry about your counters, the food dye wipes up easy.
Spread out as many as you can & spray away!
Move the wet filters to a separate area to allow them to dry, but not anywhere to windy or you might loose them. Make sure to wipe up the excess water and food dye on the counters so you have a fresh space for your different batches.
4. String Em' Up
Now the easy part. Thread your needle, stack your filters and string them on by poking the needle through their centers. You can do more than one filter at once, but don't try and overdo it or you could rip your filters.
The 200 filters should make 2 average size garlands, 3 small ones or one long one. What you see pictured is half of the filters on the thread.
After you have all the filters on the string go through and ruffle them up. Crumble and tousle them to your hearts content. It's as simple and fun as it sounds, no rocket science here.
Now go party it up!