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Family craft: Coffee filter fall leaf garland

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Make your home festive

Coffee filters are not just for making your favorite beverage anymore. They are also a new must-have crafting supply. Get the kids together, along with a few simple supplies, and make this charming leaf garland to welcome fall into your home.

Make your home festive

What you'll need:

  • Coffee filters
  • A leaf cookie cutter (or any leaf shape to trace)
  • Washable markers
  • Brass brads
  • Cotton string
  • Hole punch
  • Permanent marker
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paper towels, newspapers or plates

Make your home festive

Step 1: Color the coffee filters

Spread one coffee filter flat onto your work surface. Because the markers will likely bleed through the thin and porous surface of the filter, it is important to protect your surface with newspaper, paper towels or a paper plate first. Use the markers to color your filter. The color does not need to be solid (some white can show through) because everything is going to bleed together once you spray it with water. Repeat.

Make your home festive

Step 2: Spray them with water

Arrange your coffee filters in a single layer on an absorbent surface, such as a layer of paper towels or newspaper. Lightly spray your filters until you see the colors start to run. Leave them flat until any pools of colored water that were on the surface have absorbed to the bottom layer of towels or newspaper.

Make your home festive

Step 3: Let them dry

Hang your filters to dry. An easy method, as shown, is to use an ironing board, cotton string attached with safety pins and clothespins. Allow them to dry fully, which will take about 30 minutes.

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Step 4: Trace leaf shape and cut out

Using an indelible marker, trace your leaf cookie cutter (or any desired shape), and cut out each shape.

Make your home festive

Step 5: Write message and punch holes

Using the indelible marker, write your message, one letter on each leaf. Punch holes on each side.

Step 6: Attach brads and hang

Overlapping holes, attach brads. Loop string through each end, and hang.

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