You go through a lot of trouble to keep your kitchen presentable – even lovely. Everything is in its place, and even things that stay out on the counter, like the coffee pot, is neat and organized. And then there’s that ripped-open, plastic wrapper, half-filled with coffee filters. It just seems out of place. Of course, you can always hide the frumpy wrapper of filters in a cupboard until you need them, but then it’s a hide-and-seek game of taking them out, putting them away, again and again. Why not end all of that and make a nice coffee filter holder that can stay on the counter and look nice?
You won’t have to spend a lot of money to make the coffee filter holder. In fact, if you have a terra cotta pot and saucer, you’re all set! Check the size of your coffee filters to decide on the size for the pot. If the filters are five inches in diameter, for example, choose a five or six inch terra cotta pot. Also purchase a saucer to match that pot. The saucers are always slightly larger than the pot itself. Set the saucer upside-down over the top of the pot to decide how large it should be. The saucer should be just an inch or so larger than the top of the pot.
You’ll always have better luck painting terra cotta if you first wipe it down with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Terra cotta often has a dustiness to it that needs to be wiped away before starting. Paint the pot and saucer any color you want. Make designs on the dried paint with rubber stamps, markers, metallic tape or other materials.
Make a different design for the pot and saucer by using decoupage adhesive to attach decorative paper. The glue is sold at craft stores and is made especially for decorating most any surface with paper. Tear paper into random pieces or cut it into determined shapes then attach them to the terra cotta. Use scrapbook paper, gift wrap or other choices to create the look you want.
After you’ve created the design you want select something to use for the lid. A wooden bead is one choice. Another option is to glue on a small drawer knob. Even a painted soda bottle lid works well to make a handle. Glue the chosen handle to the center of the terra cotta saucer. The saucer goes upside-down over the pot to create the finished coffee filter holder. It’s unique, it’s useful and it’s gorgeous!