DIY Coffee Filter Letters


Yay! It’s finally time to share these suuuper easy DIY letters. This is not my original idea, I saw a project similar to this but on a much larger scale, somewhere on Instagram a while back. I’m sorry that I don’t know where I saw it!

My plan for this little corner was to make it a cozy coffee nook. I did some rearranging & moved the coffee cupboard to this wall & I had planned to get a big comfy chair to put next to it. That hasn’t happened yet, but we’ll be moving apartments in the next few months so I decided to wait. I came home from work one day and saw that Nick had hung my coffee print above the Keurig 😉 So sweet. And true, no?

I had a couple requests for the instructions on how to make these letters, and I almost wish they were harder to make so I didn’t feel like this post was so simple.

Anyway, they’re incredibly easy and you can make them say thing you want! I chose Relax because I’m a big advocate for making your home feel relaxing and having it be the place that you can escape to. It’s also a constant reminder for Nick and myself to slow down once in a while and just…relax.

Aaaaaanyway…now to the tutorial!

You’ll need:

–Wooden letters (you can find these any just about any craft store, I got mine from Joann’s)
–Coffee filters (I think I grabbed two 200 count bags and only ended up going through less than 1 bag; this totally depends on the word you’re spelling)
–Hot glue gun & glue sticks
–The Netflix show you’re currently binge watching

Super simple & cheap; with all of the coupons for craft stores, you can get the wooden letters for a lot less than regular price. The beer and Netflix are optional, but suggested.

Now, just take one coffee filter & pinch the center of it, so it makes what looks like a little flower. Twist the center where you pinched it so the little flower doesn’t come undone.

Next, hot glue! It didn’t take me long to realize I should bend the paper where I twisted it, so all I had to do was dab some hot glue onto the base of the coffee filter and press it onto the wood. This way, more paper is meeting the wood and you’ll get a better hold.

Keep repeating this process until you’re satisfied with how fluffy the letter is. I only used about 2 coffee filters across the width of each letter, then fluffed the filter “flowers” out so it looked fuller.

Aaaand that’s pretty much it! A few episodes of The Killing & quite a few hot-glue-induced swear words later, they were done. The wood letters I bought didn’t come with any wall hanging hardware, so I had a couple hooks (they look like closed question marks..I have no idea what they’re called!) laying around that I twisted into the top & hung onto nails I put in the wall.

I think they came out pretty cool! I had some RIT dye in my supplies that I was tempted to mix with water and spritz onto the paper, but I liked the crispness of the pure white.


Ta-da! Now go make your own coffee filter letters & tag @alyssaleane on Instagram so I can see! :)

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