Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coffee Filter Angel Wings {DIY}

I had hoped to get a diy tutorial on these coffee filter angel wings posted awhile ago, but life with two little ones sure keeps me busy!

I received many requests for instructions on the large pair of angel wings that I made for my dining room Christmas mantel (see that post here). For this tutorial, I made a smaller pair and changed it up a little bit. I hope I can make it as "simple" as possible for you, but this project is a bit tedious and takes roughly an hour or so (uninterrupted that is - if you are lucky enough to have such time).


Here are some of the supplies that I used:
(not pictured that I also used: cardboard, seam binding ribbon and jewelry embellishment)

Again, this tutorial is for a smaller pair of angel wings. The larger pair requires bigger pieces of cardboard (I cut an empty diaper box we had on hand), a LOT more coffee filters, and I also lined the back of that one with white felt. If you want to make a larger pair, you will need to adjust some of these instructions a bit.

To begin, for the smaller pair, I used an empty cereal box for the cardboard base (much easier to cut than the thick diaper box). I then drew an angel wing free hand and traced it with a Sharpie:
This one becomes the template for the other side after it is cut out.
The difference, on the flip side, is to add a section of the middle where the box folds (approximately a 2" square).
Fold over the middle section about half an inch:
You could use one large piece of cardboard and skip this step if you preferred. 
Just make a separate angel wing template to trace and leave a space about an inch across and two inches long between the two.

If you use two pieces, the next step is to glue them together.
Glue the left side on top of the flap. this makes it possible for the angel wings to bend inward on both sides a bit.
One way that I changed this pair up from the first, was by mod podging sheet music to the backside. You could cover it in anything including fabric or felt like I used for the larger pair - just leave about a half inch seam allowance and glue.

The sheet music was a little more work. I traced the wings onto large pieces leaving about 1/2" allowance around them.
I cut slits to fold over and glue down on the back side. This part is a bit tedious (gluing the fabric was much faster).
Now, we are finally to the coffee filter part. The VERY tedious part :)
To make it go a little faster, start by lightly folding several coffee filters into sort of a tent with one layer shorter than the other.
I would say the hardest parts for this, are the bottom tip and the top curve. 
Getting them to "look right" is a lightly tricky and takes some extra folding and manipulating. 
I start at the bottom and work upwards gluing layers about an inch above each other so that they overlap a lot. It gives the wings a more full look in the end.
That is what makes this part tedious: not being stingy with the coffee filter layers - the more the better! 
Fill in lots of coffee filter layers all in the same angle.
As you are adding more coffee filters you may notice areas with gaps. I like to add more in to make them very full (you may need to fold over the top a bit to make it even with the ones around it).
As you work towards the top it gets a bit harder. And I must warn you, when I made the large pair, I burned two of my fingers so badly! Use a lot of caution as you glue each coffee filter down so you don't suffer the same (it hurt for days!).
Since this is the last layer and will be seen, I try to fold them to line up with the edge as I glue.
You will feel really good when you finish that first wing.
Then you will remember you have to do the other one :)
That side seems to go faster. Just follow the same steps, but make sure to angle the coffee filters in the opposite direction.
I tied a ribbon around the center piece into a bow (the two loops were used to hang it here). 
I also added a tiny vintage brooch so that this pair would coordinate with the lovely fabric pair of wings that I purchased from Dawn of The Feathered Nest
They are going to hang together in my daughter Hazel's room.
You could add any type of ribbon or twine depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
The large pair doesn't have any embellishment except champagne colored seam binding.
These would look lovely with dyed and/or tea stained coffee filters for a vintage look as well! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will check out more of my projects here!

Wishing you a Valentine's day filled with love!

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~Alice W.


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16 comments :

  1. So pretty! I love how they turned out.

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  2. What a fabulous idea! Love it! The angels wings turned out great! I'm your new follower. Have a beautiful day! ~ Vanessa

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  3. Another gorgeous project ! love them.

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  4. Beautiful wings, and wonderful project!! I have coffee filters that we don't even use cuz we're not coffee drinkers, but I'm getting some wild ideas with this. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  5. I am so glad you posted this particular DIY. Having the step by step visual helps tremendously. I love these, Alice!

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  6. These really look amazing! I just love them :)

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  7. I love these thanks for sharing how to make them. I am going to give it a try. I am a new follower of your blog. Happy Valentine's Day.
    Kris

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  8. These are so seriously pretty. Pinning! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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  9. I'm sharing this with our music teacher! Happy to have visited & now following! Please stop by when you have a moment, I love company & new friends are always welcome!

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  10. Oh- I just found you somehow and am SO glad I did. I am your newest fan...er...follower! You are already on my sidebar-as soon as I get back there. LOVE this sweet tutorial. My gramma's name was Hazel and my other gramma's last name was Owen. So, that is how I know I am supposed to be here--lol Looking forward to reading some of your back posts, too. xo Diana

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  11. Love this! I feel so inspired now. :) Pinned.

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  12. OH I LOVE THESE! I ALSO WAS SO SURPRISED TO SEE THE WEGMAN'S CEREAL BOX!!! I AM FROM ROCHESTER, HOME OF WEGMAN'S !!!! I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST SO COOL TO SEE IT!!!!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! Yes, I am from Rochester too. Lived here my whole life. My husband and I currently live in Mumford. We couldn't live without Wegmans :)

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  13. These are adorable! I'll be trying some for sure.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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Thank you for your comments! I love to hear from you! ~Alice W.