It all started out innocently enough.
I know you’ve seen lots of great coffee filter wreaths.
They have been on my mental ‘to do’ list for a long time.
It seemed simple enough.
Wreath base, coffee filters, glue or pins to attach the filters.
I attempted to cross it off the list.
Well, maybe I should keep it crossed off the list if this is what I end up with.
It seemed simple. I thought a bit of color would be good so I dyed a stack of coffee filters with some alcohol and walnut inks. I grabbed an orange wreath base I had picked up for free at a garage sale last summer. I heated up my glue gun and went to work gluing on the coffee filters. I realized the filters I dyed wouldn’t go nearly as far as I thought and it wasn’t giving me the look I was after.
Hmm, stop and dye more filters or continue on and work with what I have? I decided to trudge on. It didn’t look that bad to start, I was sure I could make it work. I thought I could ‘save’ the wreath by making it mostly white with some of the colored filters in random areas to maybe look like a colored hydrangea blossom. Wrong choice.
I pulled out some of the smaller areas I had and ended up with two areas of color in a sea of white, no ‘sea’ isn’t right it is more of a ‘mound’. Have you ever seen a pretty ‘mound’? I don’t think so, (well maybe a mound of flowers can be pretty). This ‘mound’ certainly doesn’t look pretty. Not even remotely attractive. Ok, well maybe not ‘that’ bad but still bad.
I knew from reading other blogs that the wreaths end up a lot larger than they originally intended so I thought I was smart starting with a small wreath. W.R.O.N.G. Yep, all capital WRONG. It was so small that there wasn’t really a hint of a wreath shape. Oh there could have been a slight indent in the center but nothing wreath like.
I 'thought’ I could still salvage it so I added some filters to the back of the wreath so I could glue some filters to the center to create the lovely ‘mound’ shape I saw in my head. Seriously, why didn’t I scrap this yet? Why? Well, ‘It’s only $1 coffee filter, a free wreath and some glue’ so if I continue I’m not really out anything.
Except my dignity that is since I’m sharing my failure with you.
So…….. the lessons I learned:
1 – things don’t always turn out like planned
2 – smaller is not always better, especially when it comes to a wreath
3 – sometimes it is better to just stop
4 – I can ‘fail’ and share it with others and still go on crafting
5 – even if it is only $1 sometimes just throw in the towel a bit earlier ;)
I’m not sure I’m confident enough to but if I can share……
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