I have been trying to write all of my posts regarding the wedding & my DIY projects lately. I am worried that if I don’t write them soon, I might forget them or some of the details. So now I am going to make sure that I do one post every Wednesday related to my destination wedding & at-home reception – and all of the related projects!
|Hemstitch Linen Napkin & DIY Napkin Rings –
photo courtesy of Christiana Childers Photography
- You will need to find some oval beads that match the color you desire, I found mine at Michael’s. They are similar in size/shape to these from Amazon, but the ones I actually went with were more bluey-green in color and really looked similar to beach glass.
- Then, while in Michael’s I was wandering the aisles trying to figure out what to use to hold the bead and the napkin. Well, ‘lo & behold – one aisle over – I find this amazing thing called silver jewelry wire, similar to this one from Amazon. You will most likely want 18 gauge or larger (lower #’s are larger) jewelry wire.
- Once you have the jewelry wire & beads, find something that is about the size that you want the napkin rings to be – for me, that was a medium to large size Tylenol bottle. Then wrap the jewelry wire around the Tylenol bottle 2x and cut it where the ends met.
- Then take another length of jewelry wire, about 1 1/2-2 inches. I used this piece to thread through one bead and centered the bead on that length of wire.
- Then place the beaded wire on top of the circled wire where the ends meet. I then wrapped the end of the wire on either side of the bead around the circled wire – connecting the beaded piece to the circled wire.
And there you have it – whew! It is actually much simpler than the directions and they go by so fast when you get going on them. I knocked mine out in a few hours one night by myself. And as far as cost, I think I spent around $150 for the napkins & the napkin rings to have approximately 60 of them.
By the way – I recycled this project for the holidays last year, with a few changes. I used brightly colored fall napkins that I found at Tuesday Morning, then used gold jewelry wire & a bead that looked like fall colors. The options are endless!