Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Flowers

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This is another idea courtesy of our daughter Jennifer who’s creativity knows no bounds. We are both fans of twinkle lights. She was visiting Roy and I for a week and I awoke one morning to find these lit up on a shelf.  The supplies? A string of twinkle lights, some coffee filters, raffia and some green floral tape.  The result is a beautiful upcycle decor item. I had her reproduce the steps while I photographed them. Each jenny.creationflower takes about 1 minute to make and as you can see the result is gorgeous.

Twinkle Light Notes: Regular twinkle lights are very inexpensive but they do burn out eventually. I’ve started buying LED Twinkle Lights. They cost a little bit more but don’t burn out which is nice for projects like this. You can also buy the battery operated one’s that don’t need to be plugged in.  All types are linked to Amazon at the very bottom of this post. I buy my LED  and battery operated ones there. The cheap one’s can be found during the holidays at the dollar stores or pretty much any store.

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Supplies Needed

  • Twinkle Lights, any length. (I prefer LED s)
  • Coffee Filters (Buy the  1 to 4 cup size)
  • Raffia Ribbon (On a spool not in the bags. The ribbon holds a curl.)
  • Green Floral Tape

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Visual Instructions

Each flower takes about 1 minute to make once you get the method down. Scrunching the filter correctly is important so that it does not pull/apart easily and is sealed in place when you add the floral tape. You could possibly add a little hot glue to help hold the scrunch in place if needed. Just test a few out to see what works best for you.

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Video Instructions

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This is exactly where I found these lights when I woke the morning after she made them as a surprise. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot. That’s Roy and me on our wedding day.

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24 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Nancy, Theresa from Shoestring Elegance and the what to do weekends party, popping by to let you know that we featured your cute little Twinkling lights tonight @ the party! Adorable!
    Thanks for sharing them with us!
    Theresa.

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  2. Debbie

    LOVE this idea. I’ve worked with coffee filters before and just to add to your already wonderful idea, using layers of filters helps to make an incredibly life like flower….especially when you dye them using food coloring. Thanks for the video…this will be my next project 🙂

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  3. fh

    man, these are beautiful. I would make them rn. Only thing is, I am a bit afraid of the dust that it will catch. Do you have any ideas that would make these flowers relatively easy to clean? like maybe a coat of varnish?

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    1. Nancy Author

      Hmmm… I’m not sure what might work for that. The thing is you wouldn’t want to spray any type of spray gloss on them after they are made due to getting it on the electric cord. You might just have to take them outside now and then ad give them a light shake. lol! Yeah my mom calls stuff like this “dust catchers”. Thanks some much for visiting!

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  4. Lee Hernandez

    I love this idea. it would be extra pretty if you first dip dyed the edges of the filters before you start. You can find how to do this on Pinterest. It would be a fun activity for Girl Scouts.

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