Buy a coffee filter at the store & mimic this darling DIY

This naturally inspired garland DIY shows just how appealing simplicity can be. We dispensed with loud colors and a complicated process, and the result is a versatile decorative accent that works with any bold aesthetic or color scheme.
We chose natural, unbleached basket coffee filters to adorn a string of fairy lights. The light combined with the fringe factor creates an understated, design-savvy vibe. You could go for the clean white filter option for a crisper look. This garland can serve as a pretty outline for a window or a lovely mantel embellishment. If arranged atop the center of a dining table, it will add just the right mood to a meal.
- 15 to 20 unbleached basket coffee filters
- Scissors
- Thin wooden skewer
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- String of battery-powered fairy lights
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1. Fold a coffee filter in half and lay it flat on the work surface.
2. Trim each of its three rounded edges into straight lines. The folded edge will already be straight.
3. Make cuts about 1 or 1 1/2 inches very close together in the unfolded edge of the rectangle created in step 2, but don't cut all the way to the fold.
4. Make a single cut along the folded portion of the filter to separate the two layers, and put one of the halves aside.
5. Tightly wrap the remaining filter piece around the skewer so the fringe hangs down.
6. Apply a line of hot glue to the outermost part of the rolled portion and affix the end of the filter to it.
7. Remove the skewer, and lightly spread out the fringe so it is widest at the bottom.
8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 about 15 more times, or determine how many more you need to make by counting the individual lights on the fairy string.
9. Unravel the string of fairy lights.
10. Place a dot of hot glue on one of the tiny lights on the string, and place it through the narrow end opening of one of the coffee filter tubes.
11. Repeat step 10 until all of the rolled pieces of fringe have been glued to each fairly light.

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