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DIY Coffee Filter Pom Pom Decor + Gift Topper

This past Summer when I began working on projects for Gifted Magazine I discovered that coffee filters are an awesome multi-purpose crafting supply (I guess I kind of already suspected as much, but anyhow). As with a lot of the projects I make, I start with a simple object (such as coffee filters) and just begin messing around with it until it starts to become something. Usually this results in a giant pile of not-so-cute, destined for the graveyard of d.i.y. fails. But every once in a while something takes shape that I like. Martha Stewart has busted out countless projects using cupcake liners (like these Hanging Ball Decorations and Cupcake Paper Carnation Gift Toppers), and coffee filters seemed just like giant cupcake liners to me (therefore just as easy to use). I ended up folding, punching and stacking a bunch together and created a fun Hanging Pom Pom (perfect for party decor) and a Ruffled Gift Topper (you can also use it as wall decor - see the last image). Have fun! xo Ez

Here's how to make 'em:

Supplies: Coffee filters in either natural or white (12-18 per topper | 24-32 per hanging pom pom), Large metal brads a.k.a. brass fasteners (I purchased mine at Office Depot), 1/8" Hole Punch Tool, twine (optional), ornament or small object for center of gift topper (optional).

Step 1: Fold filters (one at a time) in half.

Step 2: Fold in half again (repeat for all).

Step 3: Punch a hole in the corner of each folded filter.

Step 4: Insert your brad through the punched hole.

Step 5: Add prepared filters to the brad - stacking behind your first filter. Take care to keep the folded edge of your filters facing the same direction.

Step 6: As you add filters onto your brad you will begin to fan each one out. Don't worry about it looking perfect at this point.

Step 7: Once your brad is full, turn over and open the brad to secure.

Step 8: Move the filters around (they will rotate fairly easily) until the desired shape/fullness is achieved. If you will be using as a gift topper (or whatever other use you dream up) you can stop at this point.If you would like to make a round pom pom (like the hanging one shown above) you will attach two completed filter pom poms together on the back using a piece of twine or hot glue. Hang with twine.

Hang two together to make some fab hanging decor. Perfect for your next party.

Dress up the middle of your gift topper with an ornament (seen in the first image) or a pretty disk of paper printed with a special message or addressed to the lucky gift recipient.

Hang one (or a cluster) on your wall with a little tape or Adhesive Putty.

Credits: 100 Girls on Cheap Paper by Tina Berning, Fowl with Pearls Print by Michael Sowa, Bunting by Marichelle, Paper Bird by Astulabee.

Reader Comments (32)

Gah. I LOVE it.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I love pom poms but I have never done one! Thanks for the tips! They're wonderful for parties!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarta

ACK!! That is so fabulous and brilliant, Ez!!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClementine Cassie

So pretty Ez!!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIveth

Amazing idea! Who knew coffee filters could look so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterevie s.

A great idea! They look so cute!
A perfect way to use my extra coffee filters, now that I've switched to a permanent metal filter in my coffee maker.
Love this little tutorial!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerissa

love love this idea!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersooki

First time commenter... love the blog! And love this idea! So cute!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw

Super cute idea! My new coffee maker has a reusable filter. Now I have some inspiration to run with while using my old paper filters! ;o)

Thanks for linking to other props in your photos too! :o)

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter...M...

A great use for an everyday item. So pretty!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

these are wonderful, ez -- cupcake liners work equally well, too!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina

oops -- i just read your post now and you already mentioned cupcake liners!!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina

I've always heard of using coffee filters for projects like this, but I've never actually tried it.
These look great!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Be right back, running to the supermarket.

(This is awesome)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriwishihadtaste

I love this idea! so pretty for a party :)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisaroy

This is way tooo awesome...We will try it out in our studio and let you know how it goes...Smooches Love The Bridal Crate Magazine Gals!

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Oh, they look like beautiful dahlias! How lovely!

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

This is so adorable and easy ~ which is key for me :)

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura trevey

Oh, what a great idea. Maybe I can use this for my wedding-decoration.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercaro

the final result is fabulous. Maybe it is possible to do with big cupcake liners! What do you think?

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterana

i can't believe how genius this is! i LOVE it!!! thank you so much for sharing this!!

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlou

Awe, that looks so neat and is actually so easy to make.
I would never have thought of the idea using coffee filters to make Pom Poms.
Thanks so much for sharing this and the very well written instruction how to make them.

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPJ@Home and Garden Decor

This is awesome!! I'm going to use these for the next party I host. xo

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Great idea! Thank you for sharing. How do you find all thee ideas?!


I've seen these at parties and always wanted to make them and now I can! I have a baby shower coming up and can't wait to see if I have a creative bone!


February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

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