Easy Holiday decor – Using a foam board and coffee filters. I love the idea of oversized decorations for the different holidays. I do not, however, love the price tag. I knew I wanted to make a big heart for valentines day, just was unsure of how I wanted to make it and what materials I would use. I landed on a piece of foam core board and coffee filters. With food coloring and a glue gun already on hand, this heart literally cost me $2 to make and it turned out absolutely beautiful. I am going to make one for every holiday…seriously.
You can make something like this too. Here is what you will need:
- 18×24 foam core board – I got mine at The Dollar Tree for $1!
- Approximately 150 coffee filters – again, The Dollar Tree…$1
- Food coloring
- Glue gun
Start with a large bowl full of water and add food coloring. Start adding the coffee filters into the bowl. Make sure to separate them first. I put in about 10 at a time and let them sit for a few minutes. If you used a bigger bowl, you could put in more at a time…which is what I will do next time. As you go, you will need to add more water and more food coloring. I actually ran out of food coloring, but had an open bottle of red wine, so I used that. I figured red wine stains things…right?
Next, I took them out, separated them again and put them on a wire baking rack. I put a few paper towels in between the layers of coffee filters and kept piling them on into one giant heap. One giant heap that was taking FOREVER to dry. So, I grabbed the pile and headed to the dryer. Yikes. It worked. I even put in a few dryer sheets to take care of the red wine smell.
Note: I only had them in the dryer for a few minutes and I checked on them basically every minute. Separated some of the clumps, removed ones that seemed really dry, etc.
Now start folding. In half, in half and then fold up a little triangle at the bottom. This is where you will apply the hot glue and stick it to the foam board.
Draw a heart on the foam board and cut it out. Doesn’t have to be perfect.
I started at the crease of the heart and made my way around the perimeter. Then filled in the middle in the same pattern.
Don’t worry about everything being exactly even. Once you start to open up the filters, you will never know if you missed a spot or if something was crooked.
Once the heart was full, I started opening up the filters. For this, it is best to start in a spot you will remember and work your way around; making sure you open each one.
To hang it, I actually used pink crepe paper. I twisted it and hot glued it to the back of the board. Worked like a charm…it has been about a month and it is still hanging.