Thursday, January 29, 2015

Upcycled Glam Napkin Rings

Early in December, I shared a post over at Yellow Bliss Road for my Glam Napkin Rings that were featured in my holiday home tour at the end of last last year. It was my last guest post over there, and today I am resharing it with you here!
These napkin rings are very versatile and don't just have to be for a Christmas table. Depending on the embellishments you could use them for any occasion all year long. I could definitely see the red and white ones working for a special Valentine's dinner for two.

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I love anything that is quick and easy and looks like it cost a lot without costing me a thing. I recently shared my holiday home tour, and included these napkin rings in my “boho glam” table setting. Today, I am going to show you how I made them and give you a couple of quick and cute napkin folding ideas.

The idea for these napkin rings came when I found some basic ones that my mom had but no longer wanted. I honestly wasn’t that interested in them, but then I started looking through some of the salvage and costume jewelry pieces that I have, when the idea struck to put them together for an eclectic, glamorous mix on my holiday table. I also knew that my table setting would include plaid of some kind and feathers. I love mixing styles especially rustic, eclectic and bohemian.
You can likely find similar, inexpensive napkin rings at department store, thrift shops or online here(*affiliate link). The jewelry pieces that I used were brooches that had either already been broken, had some jewels missing or were ones I didn’t plan on wearing. I removed the backing from any that still had them attached with some jewelry pliers. Similar jewelry pieces and brooches can also be found at thrift stores, antique shops, or online sites like Etsy or eBay. Just do a search for salvage or costume jewelry lots (or if you are like me…find some in a hoarded stash you have!).
Once the backings had all been removed, I simply used a glue gun to attach them to the napkin rings. I was pressed for time when I made these and the hot glue worked fine, but given more time, I would have used an epoxy glue like E6000® * to make sure they adhered very securely.
I really love the mix I ended up with, and even though they are all quite different, they worked perfectly for the style that I had in mind.
They took all of about ten minutes to whip together and then it was time to decide on napkins for my festive table. At first, I thought I would go with plaid napkins, so I cut four squares from a fabric I had on hand. I left the edges unhemmed just to keep things easy. My little family of four were the only ones who were going to be using them, and I don’t mind a little bit of a tattered, rustic look.
Once the squares were cut, I folded them over into a large triangle, and then folded the left and right sides inward overlapping, and then folded them inward again. When I slipped them through the napkin rings, they had a subtle look of a necktie. I added some feathers* for a bohemian touch.
Had I kept the table simple and rustic these would have worked well. But I ended up covering the table with another wool plaid that I had and added a faux fur table runner. The plaid on plaid ended up being too busy, so I went in another direction for our holiday table. And instead of neckties, went with bow ties!
For these I simply folded the fabric over towards the center from the top and bottom (to make a rectangular shape), and then folded the left and right sides inward with one slightly overlapping the other. Slipped them through the napkin rings and straightened out the bow tie. They were the perfect addition to the table!
I hope you enjoyed this post! I will be back this weekend at 8pm EST on Saturday when my Sundays at Home link party opens up. Hope you will come back and share your latest and greatest with us then!

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~Alice W.

Portions of this post originally appeared on Yellow Bliss Road on December 8th, 2014.

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