Contrary to what you may believe, coffee filters aren’t just for coffee anymore! I’ve always loved the look of the parchment colored paper coffee filters, I guess because they remind me of antique grain sacks and burlap……two of my favorite things!
Thumbing through a magazine one day, I read about a very crafty person using paper coffee filters to embellish frames and thought it would be a very cool way to cover an old lamp shade in them. It was so simple to do, and I love the end result. The lamp shade looks like it’s covered in flowers.
Here is what you will need to make your own:
1. lamp shade (I had an old one in the closet, but you can find them at Goodwill, Thrift Stores, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby)
2. glue gun
3. parchment or white coffee filters (I used bags of 100 filters and ended up using almost 2 bags)
Take a coffee filter and spread it out flat, fold in half, and then half again. Holding the filter at the bottom, sort of “scrunch” it and separate the layers, you can even “squash” it a little bit to give it more of a distressed look. There really is no right or wrong way.
Starting at the top of the lamp shade, add some glue from your hot glue gun and then push the filter into the glue, holding for a few seconds for it to set. Beware of burned finger tips! Repeat along the first row, then start on the second. I wasn’t sure how to space them, I just wanted it to be nice and full, so I placed them pretty close together. Once they are set, you can fluff them more to get the look you want.
I thought it turned out so cute! I placed it on an antique crystal lamp and everyone that sees it comments on it! It’s a great way to update an old shade.
Coffee filters would make a beautiful wreath as well, just glue them on a foam circle, then tie with a ribbon and hang! A wreath made with white coffee filters and tied with a red ribbon would be gorgeous for Valentines Day!
Hope the instructions make sense, if not, please ask, but trust me, it’s a very simple project!
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