Tackle Me Tuesday – Coffee Filter Pumpkins

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Hey, Guys! So remember two Fridays ago when I did the DIY Fun Challenge Friday? And then remember when I changed it to Freebie Friday? Do you also remember how I promised a Tackle Me Tuesday? That’s right! Tackle me Tuesday is here!! In case you haven’t read my previous posts, every Tuesday, I am going to tackle a project that I have pinned and have yet to complete! In an effort to do the beautiful projects that I have been putting off. This will also give me a chance to showcase some very talented DIYers on my blog! If you have a project that you want me to tackle, feel free to fill out the contact form at the end of this post!

Today’s Tackle Me Tuesday is…coffeefilter.png

I came across these cute little pumpkins on the blog, Me Making Do. Here is their project:Cute, right?

So let’s dive right in and get started!

I first gathered my materials14724243_10154669948329851_235316567_o

  • Coffee Filters
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange paint
  • Orange marker
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paint brush
  • Stapler (not pictured)

** I will let you know now that I didn’t end up really using the orange marker and rubbing alcohol. You will see why soon!

Lay your coffee filter out flat on your work space. 14803060_10154669947829851_1827489298_oEasy so far…

So, Heather said that she spray painted her coffee filters orange after her pumpkin was put together. I didn’t have any orange spray paint and I am always up for trying something new, so I thought I would try to dye the coffee filters with an orange marker and some rubbing alcohol. 14787504_10154669948034851_359473697_oSo I colored the coffee filter first, and then I filled a bowl with rubbing alcohol and then submerged the coffee filter in the rubbing alcohol. 14725182_10154669948354851_1533634204_oI kept about three coffee filters together to see if I could get the ink to run onto the others.

This was kind of a fail. 14796254_10154669948189851_1070183964_oThe coffee filters weren’t vibrant enough. Oh, well. Live and learn.

Onto paint. I hand painted all the coffee filters orange. This was the most time consuming part of the project. 14800081_10154669948039851_17502163_oI used a craft acrylic paint in the shade Pure Pumpkin.

I left some of the edges exposed so that I would get a little bit of a rustic, distressed look to my pumpkin.14795743_10154669948389851_1339615677_o

Once the coffee filters had dried, I could start putting my pumpkins together. I followed the instructions from Heather’s tutorial. It is super easy! You take your coffee filters and bunch them all up and then taking one filter twist and pinch the middle. 14786851_10154669948404851_893967014_oNote that I also made a white one, too. White pumpkins are all the rage!

I repeated this process with two more filters and then stapled them all together where they were pinched. 14796070_10154669947994851_940302805_o

Once I had three stapled together I used my hot glue gun to attach it to my cinnamon stick. 14800294_10154669947739851_1248267372_oYou continue doing this until you have covered your cinnamon stick all the way around, and then also another layer underneath (depending on the length of your cinnamon stick). I used five sets of three coffee filters attached together — same as Heather.

And ta-da!14786994_10154669947874851_1565737973_oI am in LOVE with my new pumpkins!

Heather’s tutorial was great and very easy to follow! I am so glad that I found her project! I am going to make a whole bunch more of these for my fall decor. 14632510_10154669947894851_1665438431_o

What do you think? Will you try out this project? If you do, please share your pics with me!

I am looking forward to many more Tackle Me Tuesdays! Here is the contact form as promised. Send me your projects if you want me to Tackle them and be featured on my blog!

I hope you will come back tomorrow, too! I have a special plan surprised!! I will give you a hint… it has to do with Freebie Friday 😉

Til’ tomorrow then!

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