Ideas For Making Napkin Rings

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For most of my adult life I had 2 sets of napkin rings, silver and crystal. My styles were limited to formal or more formal. Now, having learned a few simple techniques, I can make napkin rings for almost any occasion. A napkin ring is a circular object that a napkin can be inserted into. The limitations are only as narrow as our imaginations. Sets of napkins with hand-crafted napkin rings make great gifts, too.

Ideas For Making Napkin Rings
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Plastic shower curtain rings, the kind that close and lock into place, are perfect. Let's say you want a "picnic at the seashore" theme. You will need the plastic rings, blue and green ribbons, small seashells and a hot glue gun. Cut the ribbons into 24-inch lengths. Put a dot of glue on the plastic ring and attach the ribbons. Angle the ribbons slightly so they both show, and wrap them around and around the ring. When you are about 1/3 of the way around the ring, add another glue dot. Continue until you have covered the entire ring, using 3 to 4 glue dots. At the end, tie a simple bow and glue a seashell to the center. This technique can be adapted endlessly. For a wedding, use white lace instead of ribbon, and replace the seashell with a white silk rosebud.

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That necklace may have looked great in 1987, but now it just causes tangles in the bottom of your jewelry box. Re-purpose the old beads and baubles, stringing them onto a thin elastic string, approximately 6 inches long. Put beads on a 3-inch portion of the string, tie the ends, seal the knot with a drop of clear nail polish and snip off the excess string. Glue a larger "gemstone" to your ring, and you have a dressed up table. For the 4th of July, consider red, white and blue beads and gluing on a little flag or lapel pin.

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You have probably received a gift wrapped with beautiful wired ribbon. It is too beautiful to toss, so you kept it. Now, you have a use for it--napkin rings. Cut your ribbon into 3-inch lengths, form it into a simple tube and use your hot glue gun to seal it in place. Hot glue a decorative button or silk flower onto it, covering the seam. Decorative scrapbooking paper can also be used instead of the ribbon.

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