An easy and festive garland made of dyed coffee filters. The color variations are endless!


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Coffee filters are a very inexpensive and sturdy craft supply, especially when you buy them in bulk. You can transform them into so many decor pieces in a rainbow of magical colors with Rit Liquid Dye!  They’re stronger than tissue paper and hold up great from year to year. When I was a boy in Norway, the holidays were strictly red and green, so now when I plan my theme each year I pick whatever colors I want. Last year everything in my house was blue, but this year I’m going with red, pink, and orange!

You will need:
Rit Fabric Dye
Coffee Filters
Water
Bowl
Clothesline or Drying Rack
Latex Gloves
Plastic Dropcloth

For the garland:
Dyed coffee filters, at least 200 for a 3 feet garland
needle and heavy thread

  1. How to dye coffee filters: Cover your work surface with plastic, dyeing can be messy! Prepare a dye bath by mixing tap water and Rit Liquid Dye. The ratio of water to dye depends on how many filters you’re dyeing and how vibrant you want them to be. For my BRIGHT filters I mixed ⅓ cup dye with 1 quart of water.
  2. To dye the filters simply grab a stack of filters and dip them into your bath for a few seconds until they absorb as much dye as you want. I wear latex gloves for this part!
  3. Remove filters from the bath and allow to drain for 1 hour. Separate the filters and hang on a clothesline or drying rack until completely dry.
  4. To make the garland: Start by folding one filter into quarters and then double it over one more time so it looks like a thin piece of pie. Take your needle and thread and stitch several times in the center of the pie piece. This is your base.
  5. To create the garland, simply fold each filter into quarters and add it to the thread.
  6. Continue until your garland is the right size for you. I’ve done them as long as 10 feet for a mantle!
  7. To finish the garland, repeat step one on the other end.

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Order bulk packs of coffee filters online or purchase them at a wholesale club!



An easy and festive garland made of dyed coffee filters. The color variations are endless!
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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