Happy Halloween! Well, almost, right? I’m back with another easy, inexpensive decor project for Apartments.com and their awesome Renter Resources. This month I was challenged to complete a Halloween project so I made this super cute “batty” coffee filter wreath you can make for under $20. Supplies wreath base-I actually used a pool noodle I taped into a circle but you can find “real” bases at any craft store bat shaped mdf cutout from craft store craft paint in white, black, and orange jumbo pack small coffee filters ribbon of your choice for hanging hot glue and glue gun
Making a coffee filter wreath is super easy, but can be tedious. I like to work on mine when I’m doing something else, like watching a good movie! To start you’ll need you hot glue and glue gun, wreath base, and coffee filters. Begin by folding your coffee filters in half, then in half again. I usually use a tiny dab of hot glue to keep them from unfolding. then apply a healthy amount of hot glue to the base of the filter and attach it to the wreath base. Do this about a gagillion times more. Seriously, it seems like it’s going to take forever at first but you get in the swing of it and it goes by quickly. Be sure to tightly pack your filters together as you glue them so the “ruffles” are dense and your form doesn’t show through. Once your wreath is finished wrap your ribbon around the wreath and hot glue the ends together so that the wreath hangs at the length you desire.
To decorate my little bat I first painted it entirely black with acrylic craft paint. Once dry I painted on orange and white polka dots and my Happy Halloween lettering. (Hint: I used a white chalkboard pen to outline my lettering then filled in with paint, this is totally optional but I felt my hand was more steady with the pen than the paint brush)
When the paint is dry give your bat a VERY healthy dose of hot glue all across the back and place on the wreath. Lay the wreath flat and let the glue dry thoroughly before hanging. If the bat doesn’t seem securely attached add more glue as needed. I hung my wreath on my front door but it would look equally cute layered over a mirror inside or even just hanging on the wall! I hope you enjoyed this simple craft, to find more renter-friendly projects visit Apartments.com Renter Resources!