Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree that's just the right size for a holiday centerpiece or party decoration.Erika Snayd, Rethink Design Studio
Fill plastic bowl with 1 cup of water. Measure 1/8" teaspoon each of green and yellow dyes and add to bowl; stir well to mix. Holding a coffee filter by its center, dip ends into dye for approximately five seconds. For a more saturated shade, leave the filter in the dye longer. Vary the amount of color you allow to penetrate so filters vary from dark (largest size) to light (smallest size). Place dyed filters on a paper towel-covered cookie sheet to dry.
Coat base with gold spray paint and allow to dry. Then insert dowel into center of base being careful not to go all the way through. Tip: If base feels wobbly, remove dowel, add a drop of hot glue to the tip, then reinsert into base.
Before stacking, lay out filters from dark to light to determine which ones need to be cut. To retain their circular shape when cutting, fold filters in half three times to create a pie-shaped triangle. Using scissors, cut around the curve, varying the amount you remove so filters' diameters taper from large to medium to small.
Cut a small hole (approximately 1/4") in the center of each coffee filter. Working from largest and darkest to smallest and lightest, stack filters on the wooden dowel. Finish tree by hot-gluing an undyed small filter upside-down on top of the dowel's end. Smooth down its sides so it resembles the top of a pine tree.