coffee filters
navy blue and deep red acrylic paint
sponge brush
hot glue gun
photo paper roll, or try a wrapping paper roll cut down
med. sized styrofoam ball
and ribbon

I was having a major craft itch~ so i looked around in my things… and HAD ALL THESE SUPPLIES! YEAH!!!

I started by simply crinkling the coffee filters by pinching them in the center and hot gluing them to the styrofoam. A little time consuming, but puncturing them in with a kabob skewer wasn’t holding them in all the way, so hot glue works best. P.S. THIS WOULD work with cute 4th of July colored cupcake liners.

My 8 year old son wanted to take a pic. so I let him. I am getting ready to paint.

I then painted the tips of the coffee  filters with red and navy blue paint.

Then I stuck a kabob skewer down into the styrofoam ball so it would sit inside the photo paper roll better. I then painted a long photo paper roll. Check your local photography studios and see if they would give their empty rolls to you, or sell them to you.


up close.

side shot on my entry table.


  1. Well aren’t you clever? This is a lot of fun!

  2. Very fun idea! Love it.

  3. What a fabulous idea!! That would look great in any color!! I might try something like that with cupcake liners! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  4. sooooooooooooo stinkin cute!!!!!! i just got those round sponge brushes and loooove them ♥

  5. What a great idea! Looks so cute! Thanks for sharing the “how to”!

  6. What a perfect decoration for July 4th! happy thursday : )

  7. Love this! So festive!

  8. Your creation is so pretty and looks lovely on your table in your arrangement. Thanks so much for showing how to make one too!

  9. I love this! It turned out so cute! What a fabulous idea!

  10. Cute! Like a big fluffy patriotic flower!

  11. So cute! I am featuring this as part of the Look at Me Party on Fun to Craft. Thanks for linking up. Come by and snag a button!!

  12. Very cute! I want one!

  13. I featured your idea on my blog today!

    Thanks for linking up!


  14. How cute and fun!

  15. Super cute!!

  16. this is beyond adorable!…i so gotta make one of these!…

  17. What a great idea!! I love what you did with coffee filters!?! Amazing! What a cute end product!!

  18. Hi! Your topiary is adorable! I want to make one of these, but, I don’t know where or how to start gluing the coffee filters to the ball. Can you help at all? Do You have a tutorial which shows how to place them on the ball? Thanks, Shari

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