Made entirely from coffee filters and embellished coffee grounds, this corset is full loaded with your daily dose of caffeinated style!
Step 1: Materials:
3-5 containers of coffee filters
12 oz coffee grounds
wallpaper paste powder (available at Ace Hardware or True Value. you CANNOT get it at Lowe's or Home Depot)
small plastic bucket
grommet kit, size 0 (available at Lowe's or Home Depot for $6)
paper doilies (3” diameter)
Step 2: Protect the Dress Form!
Step 3: Draw the Outline of Your Corset
Step 4: Dye Those Coffee Filters!
The longer you soak them, the darker they get!
Once they're done soaking, lay filters out and let them dry completely.
Step 5: Get Messy and Mix Some Wallpaper Paste!
NOTE: wallpaper paste is completely non-toxic and entirely safe to use with bare hands. Feel free to wear latex gloves if you don’t want to get your fingers all goopy!
Step 6: Form Your Corset Base!
Repeat the process of applying dyed coffee filters to the form, layering on top of each other to get a very thick coating. Apply a minimum of five layers of filters to achieve a thick enough structure.
Allow filters to dry entirely on the form.
Tip: Using a fan on the wet structure greatly reduces the drying time.
Step 7: Cut Out Your Corset Shape!
Following the lines you initially drew with sharpie on the inside, cut out along the top and bottom design lines.
Step 8: Grommet That Corset!
Decide how many grommets you want your corset to have down the center back, and remember to make sure they’re evenly spaced out. Mark each hole with a dot, and cut each hole out with the hole punch.
Then, following the instructions on the grommet kit, insert and apply all of the grommets.
Step 9: Pattern Those Side Panels!
Feel free to freestyle with this and make is whatever shape you want! I was inspired by the style of Baroque panniers, but shape them however you see fit!
Step 10: Transfer Your Side Hip Pattern Into Cardboard!
REMEMBER: since they’re going on opposite sides of the body you want to cut out two pieces that are mirror images of each other!
I used corrugated cardboard and removed the top layer of paper so that the corrugation was exposed. I put the corrugation face-down so it was a nice little detail to the underside of the corset.
Step 11: Apply Those Side Hips!
Using a hot glue gun, place a thin line of glue on the edge of the side-hip pattern and attach it to either hip.
Be careful to keep your lines of glue as neat as possible, we don’t want hot glue dribbles leaking out from underneath the corset!
Step 12: Make Lots of Filter Ruffles!
Do this a bajillion times to build up a collection of ruffles!
Step 13: Ruffles Everywhere!
We’re going to start attaching layers of ruffles to the side hip panels, starting from the outer tip and working our way in. Starting at the very tip of the side hip panel, run a line of hot glue along the edge and place the ruffles along this line. Most likely, each ruffle won’t be long enough, so overlap them and make them blend together.
Continue this process, working your way inwards, continuing to apply a thin line of glue and placing the ruffles on top. Do this until you have covered the entire side hip panel. Repeat on the other side.
Step 14: Coffee Ground Lace!
Taking a doily, place it along the top edge and, using it like a stencil, dab rubber cement into the holes. Quickly remove the doily and pour loose coffee grounds onto the glue.
Let dry and blow off the excess grounds. It should leave a nice, lace-like pattern. Repeat this process until the entire top is embellished with your coffee-lace.
Step 15: Et VOILA!
Put that baby on, lace it up and strut your stuff all day long!