Empty Oats Container & Coffee Filter Flower Vase




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How to Turn an Empty Oatmeal Container into a FLower Vase

I’m wrapping up Coffee Filter Week with this cute flower vase made from coffee filters. Along with my coffee filter flowers, this vase will be the perfect addition to your spring decor! Not only are they super fun to make but you probably already have everything to make them on hand. Now, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty oats container
  • Coffee dyed coffee filters
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • small old bowl
  • Twine
  • Coffee dyed strips of fabric
  • Coffee dyed paper doilies
  • Stencil ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 )
  • spanish moss
  • Foam for the inside of the vase to hold the flowers.

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STEP 1: Coffee dye coffee filters and make sure they are dry. If you’re not sure how to do this click here —> HOW TO COFFEE DYE COFFEE FILTERS 

STEP 2: Brush one side of the coffee filter entirely with mod podge and begin sticking them on the oats container; you will need a few layers. Carefully press out any creases with your hands. A few won’t hurt as long as they are flat to the container. Also, make sure to wrap the filters around the top and bottom of the container. See photo below. 

Flower Vase 2

STEP 3: Once oats container is completely covered in coffee filters, allow to dry. If you can see part of the container through the coffee filters then apply a few more layers in that area and allow to dry.

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STEP 4: Once the container is Dry use mod podge to secure the coffee dyed paper doily. I ONLY brushed the outer edges. If you brush the mod podge over the writing it will smear. I used my Cricut to write one of my favorite bible verses onto the doily. If you do not have a Cricut you could use stencils. Stenciling on the beginning letter of your last name would be a very cute idea.

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Below is a better look at the doily I made using my Cricut. If you have a Cricut the possibilities are endless of what you could do here.

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STEP 5: Next I wrapped a piece of twine around the vase a few times and tied a bow. Just remember when you are making this vase that it is yours! Have fun with it! Just because I wrapped twine around mine doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Do what makes you happy =)




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STEP 6: Finally I added a piece of coffee dyed fabric and tied it in a knot. Here’s a little tip to consider: When working with fabric if you rip it rather then cut it you will get nice frayed edges. Also, if you wait and coffee dye after ripping the fabric you will get nice dark frayed edges.

TIPS: To secure the flowers in the vase add a piece of foam to the bottom. You can also fill the container with dry rice and secure the flowers in the rice. Adding Spanish moss to the top of the vase helps to hide the flower stems.

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee filter flowers final




DIY Coffee Filter Flowers 

Remember the other week when I showed you how to dye coffee filters with coffee? You are going to need a few of those for this project. If you missed it just click this link —-> How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee & Food Dye

Supplies:

1.  FOLD THE FILTERS: To make one flower you will need 4 coffee filters. Fold all of the coffee filters in half, then in half again, then in half again, use your thumbs and really press and crease the folds so they stay.

(sorry for the different background in this photo! I realized at the last minute that I forgot to photograph the folds! #oops!)




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2. Fold your coffee filters one more time in half but this time do not crease it. Round the top, wide, part of the coffee filters with a pair of scissors. When you unfold the filters you should have what looks like a heart.

TIP: If you wait to dye your filters directly after this step you will get nice dark edges. I fold them plain white, cut the rounded edge, plop them into my dye, then into the oven.

 

3. Now it is time to cut the hearts. You have 4 coffee filters so each time you will cut one more heart. Your first filter cut one heart, second filter cut 2 hearts, third filter cut out 3 hearts, fourth filter cut 4 hearts. Use the diagram below to help with cutting.

Flower Collage - Final

4. GLUE: Overlap the hearts on the end and glue them so they form a cone. Do this to all of the cut filters.

Flower 2

You will not be able to overlap the two smallest hearts, the single and double heart. To do the smallest one I use a glues stick to roll it tight and glue it. I do the same for the double heart but you will not want to make this one as tight.




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When you have them all rolled and glued you should have something like this.

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5. Now it’s time to start building your Coffee filter flower. Before gluing, put the flower together and make sure everything fits nicely. Some of the bottoms will probably need trimmed so they nestle inside one another nicely. To put your coffee filter flower together start with the biggest cone and work all the way down to the single one putting each inside the other. Below is an example of what this should look like.

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6. Gluing the Flower together: Now take the flower apart sitting each layer in order, biggest to smallest. Begin to glue the bottoms and gently stick them inside each layer.

Flower 4

When you’re finished gluing your flowers will look something like this. Pretty, right?

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Now it’s time to add the stems to your coffee filter flowers. Here are a few materials you will need..

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Use the pointy end of the shish Kabob stick to poke a hole through the glue at the bottom of your flower. Then cut the point off of the stick, glue it, and insert it into the hole you just made. Put a little glob of glue around the base so it is secure to the stick.

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Finally, glue and wrap the floral tape around the flower stem. The floral tape says that it is self stick but trust me it’s not and so you will need to glue it.

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To make the flowers a little more durable I like to spray them with a clear sealant. And here’s what I use –> Mod podge Sealant.



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