Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Inspiration Journal Challenge - Spooktacular Decorations

My favorite thing about challenges is that they do just that - they challenge you to try something new. This month, the Inspiration Emporium team wants to see your Spooktacular Decorations! I have been drooling over the coffee filter wreaths on Pinterest and wanted to try one myself. I just might be addicted to these! They are so fun, quick, and easy (all key attributes for me!).

When I started making mine, I decided to take a few quick pics with my phone in case anyone wanted a tutorial. The idea for using the screwdriver to insert the filters (much easier and less dangerous than hot glue!) came from Design Dining & Diapers. Her tutorial and finished wreath are amazing!

Spooktacular Coffee Filter Wreath

10" Straw Wreath
Small White Basket-Style Coffee Filters
Leftover Coffee
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist - Perfect Pearl Color
Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Ranger Inking Tool
Black Velvet Ribbon, 1 Yard
Sizzix Gothic Boo Die
Sizzix Mini Spider & 31 Die
Ranger Adirondack Dabber - Pitch Black
Ranger Glue 'n Seal
Martha Stewart Glitter - Onyx
Stampers Anonymous Spider Web Stamp
Mini Iron
1. Dilute coffee to desired strength. Dye filters and let dry
2. When dry, use a screwdriver to insert into straw wreath
3. Place filters about 2" apart
4. Continue covering wreath with filters
5. Oooh, pretty!
6. Ink edges of filters with Walnut Stain Distress ink to give a spooky, aged look
7. Mist entire wreath with Perfect Pearl Mist
8. I love the shimmer the PP Mist gives the filters!
9. Cut Gothic Boo and spiders from Grungeboard and paint with Pitch Black Dabber
10. When dry,  apply Glue 'n Seal and cover with black glitter
 ***Do this step at your own risk!*** 
11. Mist the back of black velvet ribbon with water. Lay face down on Stampers Anonymous spider web stamp. Press with a hot iron for about 15 seconds.
12. How cool! Embossed velvet!

Finish your wreath by adhering elements with your favorite adhesive - I used Beacon 3-in-1 glue. Love that stuff! It's hard to see the embossing on the velvet ribbon, but it shows up when the light catches it just right. I wanted to add that the heat didn't damage my stamp at all, but if you are less adventurous with your supplies, you might want to skip this step. I don't want to be responsible for any melted stamps! :)

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! The supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Be sure and use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save a spooktacular 10% off your order!

We really want you to play along with our challenge - it's so much fun seeing what everyone comes up with. PLUS, you could be the lucky winner of a $50 shopping spree - definitely worth playing for!


  1. Cool, cool and even more cool!! This is really great Shelly, I bet it looks wonderful on your door and looks even better in person, it's fantastic!!!

  2. Perfect! And love the ribbon!


  3. Gorgeous, but I would use the black glitter cardstock available at Michael's. No muss, no fuss.

  4. What an amazing look - who'd have thought the humble coffee filter would look so sensational! Thanks so much for the tutorial, and all those great pics... fabulous work!
    Alison x

  5. Beautiful and spooky too! I love that tip about using the screwdriver instead of hot glue. Thanks for passing it along!

  6. Hello Shelly,

    I thought this wreath took an awful lot of time to make, but seeing it step by step makes sense that it can be done quite fast !

    The result looks very elaborate !
    It's a very stylish, but indeed spooktacular wreath !
    It would suit my halloweendecor !

    greetings from belgium

  7. wow thats stunning and so clever....wish I could think of things like this!

  8. wowee your wreath is fabulous with or without the embellishments. xx

  9. This is great! Love how it turned out.

  10. Shelly - your brilliance shines through once again. Amazing boo wreath!
    thanks again.

  11. Shelly you have rocked this!! Totally in love with what you have done xx

    Kaz x

  12. Shelly this is really beautiful - who'd a thunk - coffee filters?? By the way, if you use a RUBBER stamp, no danger of melting. Definitely would not try with the clear stamps, anything that's not actual rubber.

  13. way cool!!!! This idea could go in all sorts of directions!

  14. Funny......I just bought one of those hay wreaths today. It was on sale!

  15. Oh, yes, I will be doing this! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  16. Oh my this is stunning! I love the Halloween accents you used, especially the edges. Thank you so much for the shout out! I'm pinning your wreath :)

  17. I never realized how simple these are! What fun :) I am going to get me a straw wreath, lol.

  18. You've brought back so many memories for me! My mom and I used to make and sell these many years ago! Absolutely gorgeous Shelly! Love the added spider guys!

  19. Luv it. I already have the coffee filter wreath now all I need are a few Halloween decors.

  20. Beautiful Shelly
    Love it.

    Greetings Janny


Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!