Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting ready for the Holidays/ Making your own napkin rigs

Happy Halloween, everyone!

It is so hard to believe tomorrow will be already November!
My days/weeks are going by so fast! Is it just me?

The Holidays will be here before we know it and I am trying
to get myself ready before time by finishing all my craft projects now.

First, I am preparing myself for Thanksgiving.
Last year we had a very quiet holiday, but, this year,
not only we will have my husband's brother and family celebrating with us, 
but, our son will also be coming home on leave. :)
This will be the last time he will be able to come home for a long while.
His ship will be leaving for a world tour first week of January
 and he will be gone all of 2013, so, yes, I am trying to make it as special as I can for him.

Today, I will be sharing a project I just finished.
I saw this video on YouTube a long time ago on how to make 
your own napkin rings with paper towel tubing.
I never even saved a link to it, so I am going to try to give you a small tutorial.
Now, I am no good at giving tutorials,
 but this is such an easy project, even I can do it! LOL

All you need is the tube from the paper towel roll, whichever ribbon you want to use 
to match your tablescape and a glue gun.
Your want to cut the tube in 2 inch pieces. I did cut eight of them, 
since that is how many place settings I will need for our family dinner.

Then, you add a little glue to the inside of it to secure your ribbon.

Put a little glue across the tube and just bring the ribbon over and wrap around.
Keep repeating this process until the whole piece of tubing 
is wrapped in ribbon, inside and out.

You want to do this so the inside on the tube is as pretty as the outside.

Using the same ribbon, I made different patterns

 Here is my eight napkin rings

And this is a sample of how I am planning to use them for our holiday table.

So easy and simple to make and yet, I think it will make the napkins look very festive.
Imagine the possibilities! You can use different ribbons, Fall, Christmas, Spring
 or add little embellishments.
And the best part, since I had everything on hand, it was a free project! 
So, what do you guys think? Who would of thought, right?
I am so glad I came across that video!

Now I am working on name tags and also a centerpiece for the table using these colors and maybe, I will add one more color, just to make the table a little more fun. :)

Enjoy the rest of the week and see you all soon!

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  1. They're beautiful Maria Elena and your tutorial was great! I agree with you....time is flying by. I think the older we get the faster time goes by. Enjoy your Halloween evening, Gail

  2. These are beautiful! I can't wait to try to make them!

    I'm so happy that you will have a full house on Thanksgiving and that your son will be home. You must be thrilled! And it's never too early to start getting ready! :)


  3. Those are so pretty &'d never believe they started out as a paper towel tube! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You've inspired me!

  4. Hello Maria Elena
    Great to hear your son will be celebrating thanksgiving with you this year ....a year away is such a long time.
    MY big family celebration this year will be on Christmas Eve as its my turn to have all the family for dinner that night about 25 I guess. I've got to get my thinking cap on though to decide what to cook. I must say though I do like these napkin rings. You've given me an idea for Christmas ones in red and green ribbon. Thanks for the tutorial!

    un abrazo

    Amanda x

  5. Now I think even I could manage a project like this! It is such a good idea, and great that you can make them to suit any table setting.
    I hope you have a wonderful time when your son comes home. How exciting that must be.

  6. Omgoodness! How easy is that! I may just have to share! Thanks!!

  7. I love this idea! Since most napkin rings I have are not this substantial in size, this will be a fun addition to my collection. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh, how pretty! You did a fabulous job! I love using paper towel and toilet paper rolls for pretty crafts. I'll definitely have to try this one! I could have all sorts of napkin rings for my tablescapes! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Maria, those home-made napkin rings look great! Love the ribbons, too. Thanks for showing us how to make them.


  10. How clever!! I never got around to going to getting picks for our napkin rings but I have ribbon left from Fall so I will use that and make these thanks for the idea!!

  11. Now this is just so creative and so beautiful. Love it. Thanks for the tutorial and for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. These are so elegant! You would never know what was lurking underneath. lol! Thanks for sharing them with Share Your Cup.


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