Coffee Filter Valentine’s Day Bouquet

Coffee-Filter-Bouquet

By contributing writer Jordon

I have been looking for an excuse to try this craft out. I made a Valentine’s Day bouquet for my son’s teacher out of coffee filters. It turned out so cute, and I cannot believe how easy it was! It really got my mind going with other bouquet ideas I could do. But for now, I will share with you how to make a Valentine’s Day Bouquet using coffee filters.

Coffee Filter Bouquet

Supplies Needed

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Supplies

  • Small vase
  • 3 inch coffee filters (measured at the base)
  • 3-1/4 inch coffee filters (measured at the base)
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Red paint
  • Glitter paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue (any glue will work)

Instructions

1. Paint your coffee filters. I painted five of each size. I put a coat of the red on and then went over them with the glitter paint. Lay them out to dry.

2. When they are dry, you can start folding them to make your flowers. You have to fold them each in half five times.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 2

4. Once you have made your last fold, cut a notch on the inside of the fold.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 4

5. Unfold once and cut both sides to round the edges. It should now look like a heart!

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 5

6. Repeat these steps with the rest of your painted coffee filters and do the same to 10 more plain white coffee filters (five of each size). When you are done, open them all up.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 6

7.  Take your floral wire and bend the end into a little loop. Poke the floral wire through the center of one of the smaller filters. Pull it down until it reaches the loop on the wire. Starting with the smaller filters first makes for more proportioned flowers.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 7

8. Put glue all around the base of where your little wire loop is, and then pull the filter up and around the loop of wire and pinch the filter together up and around the wire. Twist it around the wire.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 8

9. Add another filter. Dab some glue at the base and pull it up then pinch and twist. Here is where the creativity comes in. I made some red and white flowers, some plain red ones, and some plain white ones.

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet Step 9

10. Keep building your flower until you reach your desired size. With some I used five filters on and some I used three. I like the diversity. Once you have your amount of filters on, use your floral tape to secure the flower. Dab some glue to hold your floral tape and begin to pinch and wrap, pinch and wrap. You want this as tight as you can get it.

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11. Cut your wire to the desired height you would like your flowers, and then place them in your vase.

This was such a cute project! The pictures do not do it justice. You can barely see the glitter, but you definitely can in person. My son’s teacher is going to love this!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Coffee Filter Valentine's Day Bouquet

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How to Make a 2016 Memories Jar

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

Welcome 2016! Cheers to a new year, a clean slate, and wonderful memories to be made! This year I thought it would be a fun idea to make a Memories Jar that we can use for collecting memories over the year. You can put anything in there. A nice memory, a grateful feeling, a fun moment…anything! I cannot wait to fill our memories jar up and read all those special memories at the end of the year.

How to Make a Memories Jar

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

This jar was clear!

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Spray paint the jar with the Antique Bronze spray paint, and give it two coats.

2. Add stickers after the paint is dry.

3. Using the bronze pen, write “Memories of 2016” on the wood chalkboard tag, and hang it around the handle of the jar.

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

4. Put the Memories Jar in an easily accessible spot, along with the cards and Sharpie.

I just love this idea of capturing the memories throughout the year, and I cannot wait to read them all. Happy New Year to all of you, and may you have wonderful memories to put in your Jar!

Make a 2016 Memories Jar to collect memories, fun moments, or just feelings over the year, and then read all those special memories at the end of the year. | The Happy Housewife

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Holiday Potpourri: Homemade Christmas Gifts

100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

It’s the holiday season with warm, cozy homes filled with family and friends. It is the season of remembering how thankful and blessed we are. Not to mention, it is the season of giving. There is something so special about giving to others and bringing a smile to their face.

Giving does not have to be elaborate or expensive. The simplest gestures can have an abundance of worth to someone. When I was thinking of homemade gifts to give to the special people around me, I kept the simple in mind. I want to bring a smile to their face and the smell of Christmas into their home.

Holiday potpourri does just that. It gives a nice cozy and happy feeling any time they want to warm up the pot on the stove. Scents can really have an affect on your mood, and the smell of Christmas will bring a happy and cheery smile to your face. What a great gift to give someone!

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

Holiday Potpourri

Supplies Needed

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of fresh pine branches
  • 1 cup apple cider, pomegranate, or cranberry juice
  • water
  • small wooden crate
  • piece of holiday fabric for lining the crate
  • pieces of fabric and burlap for small ingredients
  • raffiia
  • small chalkboard sign

Box Instructions

1. Line the crate with fabric and add all the dry ingredients. (I bought my crate from Hobby Lobby.) Some of the ingredients are small and can make it look messy, so put them in pieces of burlap and fabric tied with raffia.

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

2. Write or print out the instructions for how to make the Holiday Potpourri and tuck it safely inside the crate.

3. If desired, add a small chalkboard sign to the front of the crate.

Potpourri Instructions

1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full.

2. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. Let simmer for a few hours, adding water as needed.

This is what it looks like on the stove:

This Holiday Potpourri will bring a smile to the face and the smell of Christmas to the home. 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

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DIY Etched Candle Holder

100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Christmas is around the corner! Every year I plan to start my shopping early, but I always put it off till the last minute. Don’t get me wrong – I love shopping. It just seems to be so crazy and packed during the holidays that I find myself saying, “I will go later.”

Well, this year I am going to try and do things a little differently. I want to try and give gifts that I made especially for the person. Hey, it beats the crowds, saves some money, and is made with lots of love!

This Etched Candle Holder is cute and easy to make with a few supplies. It's a homemade gift that will be treasured. - 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

One of the gifts I decided to make is a candle holder for my sister, but shhhhhh! Don’t tell her! She loves candles and loves color. This Etched Candle Holder is cute and easy to make with a few supplies.

Supplies Needed

This Etched Candle Holder is cute and easy to make with a few supplies. It's a homemade gift that will be treasured. - 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

Don’t mind the odd jar. I was so excited to etch the glass that I started on it before I took the supplies picture, but I still wanted to show you the difference of the etched glass and non etched glass 🙂

Instructions

1. Make sure the vase is clean and dust free. Apply a very thick layer of glass etching cream on your vase and then use a brush to smooth it out. I put the vase over my fist, and it worked well. You can wear gloves if you want.

This Etched Candle Holder is cute and easy to make with a few supplies. It's a homemade gift that will be treasured. - 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts at The Happy Housewife

2. Leave the glass etching cream on the surface for 15 minutes, rinse off the etching cream under running water, and let it dry.

3. Place the snowflake stickers onto the etched vase and put the candle in.

There you go! A cute, homemade and simple gift. Nothing over the top, not expensive, but a gift they will keep forever and think of you every time they look at it!

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