DIY Coffee Filter Light

DIY Coffee Filter Light

Create a stunning DIY fluttery light using coffee filters.

Just a few days ago  I had the opportunity to visit Paris for the first time. As someone who is passionate about good food, a bold glass of wine, and art and architecture I was elated to finally visit the city of love and lights.

One of the highlights of the trip was visiting The Palace of Versailles, the home of the French royal family from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution. It is shortly after visiting that room that I realized two things, first that I loved the glamour of the room filled with 43 chandeliers and wanted some amazing light fixtures in my own home, and secondly this would be expensive to do.

DIY Coffee Filter Lantern| some of the many chandeliers at the Palace of Versailles |

MATERIALS

  • A glue gun and sticks of glue
  • One paper lantern (I got the Regolit shade from Ikea $4.00)
  • 500-800 Coffee filters (depending on how dense you glue them in)
  • One cord for the light (I reused the cord from the light fixture in the kitchen, but you could always get something like the Hemma Cord from Ikea for $5.99)

Coffee Filter Light

COFFEE FILTER LIGHT

To start begin by gluing the coffee filters in one area of the lantern and slowly spread outwards. I found it was helpful to glue the coffee filters at the bottom to the lantern, and on the sides to the previous coffee filter.

DIY Coffee Filter Chandelier

There were two ways that I shaped the filters for the lantern. The first I folded it in half and rolled it up.

Coffee Filter Pendant

This resulted in a flower like shape.

DIY Coffee Filter Chandelier

The other way is I just gathered it together leaving the bottom fairly flat. This just left the filter looking wavy, and covered more space.

DIY Coffee Filter Chandelier

After some time the light fixture might start to roll around. I found it useful to put a roll of paper towels to balance the paper lantern.

DIY Coffee Filter Chandelier

After about 6 hours of work the coffee filter chandelier was done. Here it is waiting on the floor to be hung up in the front entrance.

DIY Coffee Filter Light

| front entrance with coffee filter chandelier and gallery wall |DIY Coffee Filter Light

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79 Comments

  1. Alex
    June 2, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    Test Comment

  2. Alex
    June 2, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    🙂

  3. 0_Fyrebrand_0
    June 2, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    Wow, stylish and inexpensive! Looks like it gives off a nice, soft light, too.
    Note to self: do not use for coffee first. 😛

  4. 0_Fyrebrand_0
    June 2, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    Wow, stylish and inexpensive! Looks like it gives off a nice, soft light, too.
    Note to self: do not use for coffee first. 😛

  5. June 2, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    It certainly wouldn’t be good to use
    used filters as assuming you one filter per day, you would need 2 years’ worth
    of coffee filters. I’d imagine the lamp would smell lovely with moldy brown
    filters all over it.

  6. June 2, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    It certainly wouldn’t be good to use
    used filters as assuming you one filter per day, you would need 2 years’ worth
    of coffee filters. I’d imagine the lamp would smell lovely with moldy brown
    filters all over it.

  7. Santa
    June 2, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    I absolutely love this! Such a beautiful lamp! 🙂

  8. Santa
    June 2, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    I absolutely love this! Such a beautiful lamp! 🙂

  9. Dilys
    June 3, 2013 / 12:48 am

    What a cool idea! Very creative!

  10. Dilys
    June 3, 2013 / 12:48 am

    What a cool idea! Very creative!

  11. June 11, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    What
    an excellent idea! I think a cluster of these lights would be very dramatic.

  12. June 11, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    What
    an excellent idea! I think a cluster of these lights would be very dramatic.

  13. Corey @ Tinysidekick
    June 11, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    I love the way this turned out! And only 4 bucks! Stopped by from Not Just a Housewife Link party.
    Corey from http://www.tinysidekick.com

  14. Corey @ Tinysidekick
    June 11, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    I love the way this turned out! And only 4 bucks! Stopped by from Not Just a Housewife Link party.
    Corey from http://www.tinysidekick.com

  15. Sarah_L
    June 11, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Nice! I love it, and it makes a huge difference in your foyer!

  16. Sarah_L
    June 11, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Nice! I love it, and it makes a huge difference in your foyer!

  17. June 11, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    I agree. I can’t wait to switch all the other ugly light fixtures.

  18. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 11, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    That is fantastic! Now I have something else on my list….

  19. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 11, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    That is fantastic! Now I have something else on my list….

  20. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 11, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    For some reason I can not sign up for your newsletter. I tried the email way and the one beside the email one ( sorry do not know what you call it) oh yes and I use feedly and could not use it either. I sure would like to follow your blog as you are very talented and Canadian.

  21. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 11, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    For some reason I can not sign up for your newsletter. I tried the email way and the one beside the email one ( sorry do not know what you call it) oh yes and I use feedly and could not use it either. I sure would like to follow your blog as you are very talented and Canadian.

  22. June 11, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    I’d love to see photos of the project when you are done.

  23. Alex Svetlovsky
    June 11, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    Hey Cathy! Thank you for the compliments.

    I’ve switched the RSS feed link on the left hand bar to a feedburner so that it’s a bit more clear how to subscribe once you click it. We don’t have a newsletter just yet, but you can subscribe to our feed on Bloglovin if you’d like ( http://www.bloglovin.com/feed/blog/7980001 ).

  24. June 11, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    Hey Cathy! Thank you for the compliments.

    I’ve switched the RSS feed link on the left hand bar to a feedburner so that it’s a bit more clear how to subscribe once you click it. We don’t have a newsletter just yet, but you can subscribe to our feed on Bloglovin if you’d like ( http://www.bloglovin.com/feed/blog/7980001 ).

  25. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 12, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Thank you …. I did not use Bloglovin as I am a big fan of feedly and for some reason it worked this time for me…. Sorry I used the word newsletter when I meant feed link.
    It is so nice to see such a fresh outlook on decor and life in general.

  26. Cathy Fischer- Holman
    June 12, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Thank you …. I did not use Bloglovin as I am a big fan of feedly and for some reason it worked this time for me…. Sorry I used the word newsletter when I meant feed link.
    It is so nice to see such a fresh outlook on decor and life in general.

  27. Alex Svetlovsky
    June 12, 2013 / 12:28 am

    Glad it’s working now!

  28. the cape on the corner
    June 12, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    great job. and i’m super jealous of your paris trip! it’s definitely on my list!

  29. the cape on the corner
    June 12, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    great job. and i’m super jealous of your paris trip! it’s definitely on my list!

  30. June 12, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much. Paris is by far my favorite city that I
    have ever traveled to, and I’m already dreaming about returning. I happened to
    luck out and found cheap tickets online, and got our hotel at a massive
    discount because I booked early.

  31. June 12, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much. Paris is by far my favorite city that I
    have ever traveled to, and I’m already dreaming about returning. I happened to
    luck out and found cheap tickets online, and got our hotel at a massive
    discount because I booked early.

  32. BeBetsy
    June 13, 2013 / 6:18 am

    Wow! Makes a great statement in your foyer.

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    We’d love it if you would link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post. http://bebetsy.com

    See you soon!
    Sharon and Denise

  33. BeBetsy
    June 13, 2013 / 6:18 am

    Wow! Makes a great statement in your foyer.

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    We’d love it if you would link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post. http://bebetsy.com

    See you soon!
    Sharon and Denise

  34. Tried&Twisted
    June 14, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Very clever way to reuse coffee filters! Love this!

  35. Tried&Twisted
    June 14, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Very clever way to reuse coffee filters! Love this!

  36. June 14, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    Thanks! If there is one thing that our house is never short on is coffee and coffee related products.

  37. June 14, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    Thanks! If there is one thing that our house is never short on is coffee and coffee related products.

  38. Kathryn Ferrie
    June 20, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    This is gorgeous! I’m just wondering if it gives off enough light with the coffee filters?

  39. Kathryn Ferrie
    June 20, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    This is gorgeous! I’m just wondering if it gives off enough light with the coffee filters?

  40. June 20, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    It does, but I recommend not gluing the filters too densely, one filter can cover a large area.

  41. June 20, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    It does, but I recommend not gluing the filters too densely, one filter can cover a large area.

  42. Emily Morgenstern
    June 25, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    Beautiful! I love how it turned out.

  43. Emily Morgenstern
    June 25, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    Beautiful! I love how it turned out.

  44. Alex Svetlovsky
    June 30, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    Thanks Lauren! We’re happy to link you.

  45. Alex Svetlovsky
    June 30, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Thanks! The great part is that it’s not all that difficult – just takes a bit of time and patience (and lots of coffee filters).

  46. June 30, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Thanks! The great part is that it’s not all that difficult – just takes a bit of time and patience (and lots of coffee filters).

  47. Alex Svetlovsky
    June 30, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    Nice post round up. We’ve shared ours in there too.

  48. June 30, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    Nice post round up. We’ve shared ours in there too.

  49. Dakota Creek Chic
    August 3, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    This is incredible and so inexpensive!! Wow, so great!
    Shawna

  50. Dakota Creek Chic
    August 3, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    This is incredible and so inexpensive!! Wow, so great!
    Shawna

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  52. December 1, 2014 / 12:13 am

    Ok, that’s just cool. Lol. What a weird and absolutely awesome idea. I love it!

  53. December 1, 2014 / 12:13 am

    Ok, that’s just cool. Lol. What a weird and absolutely awesome idea. I love it!

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