3.14.2011

Sincerely's Coffee Filter Light

Hello everyone! 

I'm really excited to share this project with you. It has definitely been a labor of love. I'm sure you've seen these lights all over the web just like I have. And many of you have probably made them yourselves. Well, I finally took the plunge and am so glad I did! I'm sure you don't need a full tutorial, so I'll just offer up some advice and pretty pictures!

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I gathered up all my supplies. It was really a pretty inexpensive project. (PS: I needed a lot more coffee filters than what is shown in this picture!)

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Progress.

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This was my working strategy. I would separate a bunch of filters, fold them and then glue them in batches. I also had some help from one of my lovely roommates who folded quite a few of these pups.

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So close!

My biggest tip: Buy enough coffee filters! I ran out not once, but twice! It was so frustrating. I ended up using about 1,400 filters. I did pack them in pretty tightly though. You could probably get away with less.

I couldn't screw a hook into my gross plaster ceilings (if anyone has any tips on how to do this, please share!) so for now I just slung it over the curtain rod. Also don't mind my messy bed. I rarely make my bed. I take so many naps it seems counter productive!
Anyway, here it is!

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I'm in love. I'm also totally inspired. I have another idea in mind using this technique that hopefully I'll be able to work on soon!

Let me know what you guys think. Has anyone else tackled this project? I'd love to see how it turned out for other people!

Sincerely,
Ashleigh

PS Linking up to:
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Transformation Thursday
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66 comments:

Karen said...

That is beautiful, I'm working on a similar project using book pages.

Melissa and Scott said...

Love...Love...love it! That looks like so much work...don't know if I'd have the patience.

AND I love how light and bright your room is.

Lacey said...

OMG... so airy and fairy and just downright lovely!.. I'm going to put this on my to do list!.. Love it!..

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

I haven't seen this all over the internet. This is new to me and I love it! And coffee filters? Who knew?

Stephanie said...

what a neat idea; wonderfully done!!!
i bet there is a way to die the filters? or maybe use tissue paper?
i just may have to give it a whirl (:

Home for 6 said...

that is gorgeous. I might have to try it with my little daughter. She has the martha pompoms on her ceiling - this would be a nice different texture to add.
thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.
tammy

alison said...

looks lovely...well worth folding and gluing x 1400...thanks for showing it off!

blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Ashleigh, that is a first for me. I haven't seen this, but it is great. Thanks for joining WUW.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Ashleigh, You are absolutely adorable!!!!
And what a great project. This is a first for me. I have never seen this one before. I LOVE it!!!!! I would look great in one of my guest rooms. The fluff gives it such a big WOW factor!

Here's how to hang it up without putting a nail in the gross plaster. Use a 3M hook. They stick just about everywhere and hold too! I use them for just about everything.
I hope the suggestion helps.
My visit to your lovely blog made me smile. I'm so happy I stopped by!
Yvonne

Tammy @ Type A said...

that turned out adorable! love it! thanks for sharing this at my party!!!

Kirsty said...

Wow what an idea! Sooo many coffee filters but the outcome can't be denied! So gorgeous.

Kristy said...

Wow that is impressive!

Michella said...

Too cute!! Love it :))

Robin said...

Wonderful! love the soft lighting in your photos!
xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home
(if you have a minute drop in and link this to All Things Inspired!)

Jordan@the2seasons said...

Looks great I can't believe it took that many filters. Good to know for this project I see doing in the near future.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


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Funkytime said...

wow, looks awesome! looks also like a lot of work!;-)

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Beautiful light transformation! It is so light and whimsical. I am book marking it. Can't wait to read more of your blog, I found you on Savvy Southern Style.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It looks awesome! A lot of work, but boy did it pay off! BTW: I like the look of your unmade bed. It looks cozy. :)

Sarah said...

Very pretty! I made one for my daughters first birthday party and I thought I would never be finished with it!

Brandy and Fam said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This is FABULOUS!! Thanks so much for all the crafty inspiration.

katecreativesalvage said...

Hi:

This is so unique and lovely, 1400 filters I cann't imagine, however, I want to make one. I just made two antique book page wreaths. One is all roses, the other is rolled pages. Please follow my blog, and come over to see my stuff,
martha

Kim said...

That is so pretty! I can totally understand the not thinking it would take that much, that has happened to me on craft projects before. lol.

Terri Lynn said...

Oh my word that is way too cool. I have seen the wreaths but never a light...great idea! I think I need one, but where to place it...hmmmm. Loving it!

Lucy Designs said...

that is soooo cool! It looks wonderful

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I love how your light turned out! It is so pretty and feminine. Perfect for a girl's room!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment about my clock.

Hugs,
Amanda

SADGEATPLAY said...

Great idea. Will have to try with all those filters I don't need anymore. I'm new at following..would love a follow back1atplay.blogspot.com

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