Making a Coffee Filter Wreath and Tree and Things of That Nature

I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last to make one of these voluptuous, show stopping wreaths.

I used extra large white filters and hot glued them onto a wreath with the clear wrapping on {why unwrap it?}.  You can practice with folding the filters different ways to get different looks.  This project took about an hour and cost less than $5.

See how HUGE it is?  I liked it so much that I decided to make a tree too.

Get you a styrofoam tree form and do the same thing all over again.  I worked from the bottom up.

And again, it took me about an hour.

About half way through you will be convinced that you have lost your mind and that this project has already wasted 30 minutes of your life and that there is no way it will ever look like a tree.  Keep hot gluing.

I decided that I liked to fold most of the filters in quarters making sure not to press the ruffled part flat that way it would be nice and fluffy.  I folded some in half again after the quarters {is that 8ths?} just to mix it up a little.

Work your way to the top {by starting at the bottom you’ll ensure that the filters are already starting to point up as you pack them and glue them in–this is what you want at the top of the tree.

Then take your scissors and trim it up until it looks like a Christmas tree.

I’ve already put the wreath in our family room, it’s a year ’round wreath that you could add seasonal items to if you want.

And the tree is glorious.

I’m glad I stuck with it and finished it.  It’s great for Christmas and would be beautiful on tables at a winter wedding.

More Coffee Filter Wreaths::

Brown Coffee Filter Wreath @ Little Brown House

Painted Edges Coffee Filter Wreath @ Ramblings of a Sports Mad Southern Girl

More Coffee Filter Projects::

Anthropologie Coffee Filter Wall via The Inspired Room

Coffee Filter light pendant from Nichole @ Parlour here and here and finally here.  So worth it, it’s stunning.

Pam Garrison’s Coffee Filter Garland

Don’t want to make a wreath? Buy Coffee Filter Wreaths on Etsy from::

House of Belonging

Fallow Field Farm

Do you have a coffee filter project?  Link it up and share it with us–if you are selling them in your etsy shop, feel free to link to that as well.


  1. I’ve been looking for something to hang over my daughter’s bed – against a pink wall this will be perfect!

  2. I love the look of all these, but I am just not sure I am the patience to actually assemble one ;)

  3. You never cease to inspire… thanks!
    How “kid-proof” would you say the tree is? If it were displayed, say, on a somewhat-reachable shelf in a home with a 3 year-old and a 21-month-old?

  4. Very interesting looking. Are you too young to remember the toothpick and styrofoam ball wreaths and trees we made in the 70’s??

  5. A fun project with budget-friendly supplies…I like it!

  6. There are so many great wreaths I want to make! I make the ruffle burlap from Jones Design, NEED to make this coffee filter one, the book page wreath at Jones, and the “Nonna” wreath from Jones. Seriously on a wreath “kick”! Thanks Nester! ;) Seriously (I know I said that already) thank you for your daily dose of inspiration!

  7. i think this might be cute to do with some smaller filters onto styrofoam balls…you know…to make snowballs. i’m always looking for things to fill my christmas containers with. hmmmm….

  8. definitely going to give this a whirl this weekend! so great!

  9. I love this!!!! I decided to make some coffee filter balls to put on my Christmas tree. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. Okay..that is the neatest thing I have seen in a long time! I just love it!!!!

    Sandy Toe

  11. Ha! Love your comment about the feeling halfway through the tree. The end product looks amazing.

  12. How do you color the coffee filters other colors besides the natural or the white (as they come in the packages)?

    • With tea or coffee. Even food coloring added to the water. Rose tea will make pink. A quick dip in regular tea will make a vintage look.

  13. I love the wreath! This may grace my front door at Christmas. I made a cupcake wreath for the 4th of July and loved it. It wasn’t this full and fluffy, but beautiful anyway. Must remember to put coffee filters on my grocery list.

  14. This look so fun and I love the end result! I also love how many people are putting coffee filters on their “grocery” lists. Ha! I already have a couple wreath forms I picked up somewhere, but I am going to *try* to save this wreath project for another year since I am working on my third child’s babybook/scrapbook (and getting close) AND going to remove two rooms of six-layer wallpaper when my brother comes to help my in three weeks. So no more projects for me, BUT I’ll put it in the waiting line … :)

  15. WoW! I have to make one! Beautiful!

  16. Amy Burnett says

    Could you tell me the color on the walls in the room you were doing the projects? Love it! And the wreath and tree of course.

  17. Aimee Gaston says

    I am in love with your beautiful mirror…lovely!!

  18. Love it! Now, the question is–do I have the patience to do this? Hmmm….

  19. Really, truly, it’s never to early to start Christmas crafting. Like say…July would be just perfect! Really this post makes me need coffee….real bad. My favorite is the tree. And the garland that other crafty crafter made. Good stuff.

  20. I would love the pedestal! It is so BEAUTIFUL and, yes, large. But that is okay……

  21. I love your wreath, I think I need to make some of these for the winter.
    I love that pedestal and the caddy is so cute at my sons confirmation party sunday I was walking around the house looking for something to put silverware in and I couldn’t believe I couldn’t find anything great. this would be great.

  22. It’s lovely! I do think that where you put UNWRAPPED you meant WRAPPED. Because you left it wrapped and also wrote “why unwrap it?”.

  23. Oh momma…the wreath and tree are lovely! I’ve seen a few in the natural/stained color but I love the clean look of the bright white. Thanks for the directions and inspiration!

  24. I made two this weekend! Love them. My mind is racing…might make more…LOL!

  25. I adore that coffee filter wreath, what a lovely design piece!

  26. Such clever and beautiful ideas!

  27. Thank you for this! Thank you!!

    Was looking for a fun, non-traditional DIY wreath and your’s is perfection – I LOVE it!.

    Looking forward to exploring your blog……

    Wish me luck!

  28. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial on the wreath and tree. They’re both elegantly gorgeous and look like something even I might be able to tackle. I can’t wait to give them a try!

  29. I made both the wreath and Christmas tree. Both are super easy and beautiful. I tea dyed my wreath and kept the Christmas trees white. Cutting the point on the tree was kind of challenging but I did it. Great way to decorate without spending a lot of money.

  30. I LOVE this coffee filter wreath. Nester, what size wreath did you use? Hobby Lobby had 18 inches (the largest) and 14 inches (the next size smaller). I’m thinking you used the 18 inch. Just wanted to check.

    I’m pretty sure I WILL be making something out of Coffee filters.
    SO many great amazingly beautiful things popped into my head when looking at this
    for the sharing


  32. I finally made my wreath! It looks fabulous. Thank you!!

  33. How many coffee filters am I going to need to start with?

  34. Finally got around to making this! I brushed the edges with glue and dipped them in gold glitter first – very subtle and pretty – LOVE!

  35. THANK YOU for posting this! I’m trying to redecorate my home on a very tight budget (I’ll be linking up soon), but honestly, ALL I could think about was “that gorgeous white wreath in the nester’s home”. I just started clicking around your site, trying to get inspiration and found this. I’m pretty sure I let out a little “hallelujah”. lol.

  36. I just made this last weekend and I LOVE IT!!! It looks so professional/expensive and no one believes that its coffee filters. :) Here is a link to how I made it on my blog:

    Thanks for sharing!


  37. Thanks so much for this awesome tutoria! I am excited to make a sparkly pink Christmas version for my daughter’s bedroom!

    I loved this so much that I posted it on my FB wall

    Hope you don’t mind!

  38. Thanks for the great project and tutorial! For anyone interested in adding color to the coffee filters there are some amazing Spray Inks available usually with scrapbooking type materials. There are several brands some more opaque than others, you may need to expirament to find the look you want.

  39. I love all your projects and I love your house even more! Will you please come here and do my house up like yours?? lol

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    Could you do this on a flat surface?

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