Saturday, August 4, 2012

Coffee filters Initial

This coffee filters initial was started several months ago...yep!
It is really not a difficult project, but I needed to gather my main material...used coffee filters!
Ok, stay with me.
This is what the coffee filter looks like before using it.
And this is what the used coffee filter looks like after being used (and left drying with the coffee grinds in it)

See the difference?
I wanted the coffee stained look.

The process is really simple.
1- make your coffee every morning

2- get the filter out and leave the coffee grinds in it until it completely dries (a day or two)

3- when dry, dump the coffee grinds (I use those to nourish our veggie garden)

4- lay the filter flat and keep adding to the stash
5- when you have enough (60 or more, depending on the size of your letter), use it to make your initial.

I drew the letter N on a piece of cardboard, 
cut it 
At this point, fold the coffee filters this way
and then I used my glue gun to attach the filters to the cardboard N
 You will not be able to see the cardboard when finished!

Glue right next to each other.
Keep adding the folded coffee filters until the entire letter is covered up!

I hung our letter on the living room wall...but that is for another post...will share when the wall is completed!

Cost of project $0 or FREE

Stay Frugal,

***My inspiration for this project was Jenny's project from
Northwest Lovelies*** she used cupcake liners

Linking to
It's Overflowing
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Frugal Girls
At the Picket Fence

My entry into Overflowing with Creativity at It’s Overflowing is sponsored by Appliances Online and their Best Freezers!


Debbiedoo's said...

This was super duper cute! I could tell you a could have used tea bags too, and boiled and dipped them in there as well. I have done that with paper, and it turns out the same:) I love this project. Needs a pin!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

pretty nifty! That's a lot of filter collecting. What patience you have. Great look! I'm sure this will be in my future somewhere...

Kelly said...

That is the neatest craft project! I've never seen it done before using stained coffee filters. Great idea! I can't wait to see the finished product! Btw, your tutorial was very clear. You do a good job showing all of the steps clearly. That's good for the craft challenged people like me!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, how cool is this,
I came to thankyou for your visit via Nana Diana and for the kind words and prayers, I ended up reading and reading, you have a great blog, I joined as a follower! Thanks again,

Carolyn said...

I LOVE this idea!

Kathy Moody said...

That is so awesome. What a great idea to save those filters. We go through those pretty fast, too! LOl
Thanks for the great idea.

One Whimsical Girl said...

Who woulda thought!!!! That is so cool! Looking forward to seeing the wall when it is complete!

Denise @

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute idea and that's right leave us hanging.

NanaDiana said...

Really cute idea! I can't wait to see it hung on the wall- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I am aspiring to be more frugal. Love the coffee filter idea! Found you on Debbie Doo's

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I am aspiring to be more frugal. Love the coffee filter idea! Found you on Debbie Doo's

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must love junk said...

That is SO fun! I can't wait to see the whole thing :)

Nici Higby said...

This looks like a fun project. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet note about the Cowboy Coffee Cake at Posed Perfection. I hope you'll visit again and click on the "Follow Me" button to add Posed Perfection to your GFC. Have a blessed week! ~Nici

Cathy said...

This is really cute - another way you can get the same look is just boil some tea and "dye" the filters in it. Love the look.....

Dawn said...

Oh My Gosh! How do you think of this stuff! That is such an awesome idea!

Katherines Corner said...

that is one of the most creative recycled projects I've ever seen. Love it! xo

Jenny@NorthwestLovelies said...

It looks fantastic!! I can't wait to see the reveal! Thanks so much for linking to my project! :)

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

What a great way to recycle! I love the aged look. Looking forward to seeing it on your wall!

Sandy said...

Great project and since I gotta have my coffee, it shouldn't take me long to collect the filters I need. Thanks for sharing.

Penny said...

I have been saving filters for a while, thinking I would see a special project that I wanted to do!! Think I'll make my initial! Wonderful post! Penny

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is super cute. I can't wait to see the finished project. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


Cristina Garay said...

What a great, frugal idea! Can't wait to see the final result!

Kelley @ said...

This is awesome! Im going to have to save my filters and try something similar! Love love it!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Now I wish that I drank coffee. This turned out absolutely beautiful. Finally back from my long weekend away and happily following you back.

twelve-O-eight said...

Loving your project, coffee stained filters just got cool!

xoxo, Tanya

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Re-using those coffee filters is BRILLIANT...seriously! One more reason to enjoy my coffee the morning!! Laurel

One More Time said...

Love it!!!! Thanks for Sharing!