Coffee Filter Angels:
Make these heavenly angels with coffee filter gowns and wings.
3 coffee filters
3-1/2-inch foam cone, such as Styrofoam
1 round toothpick
1-inch foam ball, such as Styrofoam
12 inches of 1/4-inch-wide gold ribbon
White thread; hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
1 gold plastic ring
Center one coffee filter on the top of
the cone. Push the toothpick three
quarters of the way into the cone and
filter. Push the 1-inch ball onto the toothpick to add the head. Center
the second filter over the head. Tie a ribbon bow around the neck. Fold
the third filter in half and pleat at the center to form wings. Tie in
the center with thread. Hot-glue the center of the wings to the back of
the angel at the neck. Glue the ring to the top of the head for a halo.
Fireworks Coffee Filter Flowers:
Use these colorful red, white, and blue Independence Day Flowers to
brighten your table on the Fourth of July!
chenille stems (red, white, blue, gold and/or silver)
red and blue watercolor paint
Place one of the coffee filters onto the paper plate and flatten
Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid
red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving
some areas unpainted. Move the coffee filter to the towel and lay flat
to dry. Repeat with the second coffee filter. Leaving the center of the
filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around
the circle. Cut a 1.5" piece off of one end of a chenille stem and set
aside. Take the longer piece of chenille and poke it through the center
of the coffee filter. There should be about 2" of chenille poked
through. Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with
your fingers. Gather it around the chenille and secure it by wrapping
the extra piece of chenille stem that you cut off in an earlier step.
Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back
upright. Manipulate with your finger until strips are spread out and it
looks the way you want it to.
These champagne candles will look stunning as a decoration for New
Year's. These New Years Champagne candles are very easy to make if
you are just starting out working with gel wax. One tricky thing
about using gel wax is trying to eliminate bubbles, but since
these candles represent champagne, we want them to be bubbly!
2 champagne flutes
Gel wax Candle wicking (make sure you buy some that is compatible with
gel wax) Bamboo skewer or pencil Yellow gel wax dye
Candle scent (optional)
Knife and spoon
Directions: Wash your
champagne flutes and allow to dry completely. Tie the wicks around
a bamboo skewer or pencil and cut to the proper length of the flute, so
they just touch the bottom of the glass. Then balance the bamboo skewer
over the glasses, so the wicks hang down the middle. Gel wax is very
easy to clean up, so you don't need a "dedicated" candle cooking pot.
The gel, once cooled, will simply peel off from the inside of the pot.
Cut the gel wax with a knife, then use a spoon or your hands to pull out
chunks of the wax to put in the pot. It's best to over-estimate
rather than under-estimate the amount of wax you need, since any extra
is re-usable. Heat the wax over the lowest heat setting on the stove
until it begins to melt. Stir to help melt the wax and create more
bubbles. DO NO OVERHEAT: gel wax is highly flammable! Once the wax is
melted, add one tiny drop of yellow coloring. Then stir it into
the wax with a spoon. Test the color by spooning up some wax and
dropping a small amount on some white paper. If it is too yellow
for your liking, add in some more wax to dilute the color. If you would
like to add a scent, this is the time to do that too. Pour the wax
carefully into the prepared flutes. Use a bamboo skewer to
carefully stir up the wax once it is poured in the flutes. This
will help bubbles to form. (bubbles may not be seen until wax has
cooled) Let the champagne candles sit undisturbed for several hours
until set. Once the champagne candles are set, just trim the wicks to
1/4 inch or so and they are ready to burn.