When my husband and I made the switch over to the Hario Coffee Dripper, we no longer needed our old Melita coffee filters. I decided to re-purpose them and make those puff balls that I've been seeing all over blog land and Pinterest. Normally, they've been used to cover paper lanterns like this one from
Since I didn't really need a lantern, I decided to make a miniature one with a plastic cup. I've been wanting to redo this little nook in my dining room anyways (it was starting to look a little too museum-ish) and a hanging puff ball seemed like a great start! :)
Materials: 80-100 coffee filters, glue gun, glue stick, plastic cup, sturdy thread, beads, Xacto knife & needle (not shown),
hole puncher ( I was initially going to hang my battery-powered LED lights inside the ball, but changed my mind. The holes were to help the light shine out.)
Instructions: Flip the cup upside down. Scrunch up a filter around a glue stick and then adhere it to the plastic cup using hot glue. Use the glue stick to push it down to save your fingers from getting burned. Start from the top (bottom-side of the cup) and repeat layer by layer until the whole cup is mostly covered. The bottom will be empty of course.
Using an Xacto knife, make two slits on top (on the base of the cup). To hang the ball, thread the needle and pull it through the slits. You can either hang it as is or slide beads through the thread to make it stand out more. Since mine was light I just hung it up with a thumbtack.
I had found a magnetic board in IKEA's clearance section the other day and thought this spot would be great for sharing pictures that would've otherwise been on our fridge. Now the pictures are more view-able and safe from any kitchen splatters. ;)
I'm still planning on updating this spot some more. Maybe a stenciled background or just stenciling the magnetic board itself?
What do you all think? I'd love to hear your suggestions! :)
Have a great night!