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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

November 8, 2009

DIY Beautiful Napkin Rings and Ornaments

You are going to love how easy this is. It is so much fun to make these napkin rings and ornaments and does not take that long...unless you insist on making 100's because it is so much darn fun!

I'm a little embarrassed at how obsessed I have become with Martha Stewart Glitter. I have been figuring out new ways and new projects...just so I can use it again...only to need more!
My hubby and I have huge families and set the table for 40 (relatives) or more...so I needed frugal but great ideas for setting a large table. One centerpiece does not do it for 40 people!

So I just HAD to use our frugal fabric friend-burlap for the napkin rings...ok and a few toilet paper cardboard rolls....My power tool friend GG for short...the GLUE GUN! Glue a strip on the toilet paper roll that has been cut in half...don't burn yourself! Then tuck in the fabric...I trimmed mine and then glued it so the napkin could pull through without getting caught.

Next, I made a batch of salt dough...trust me you are going to love this.

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

3/4 to 1 cup water-enough
to hold the dough together like cookie dough. Add more if needed...

1 tbsp. oil

I ran out of flour like a knucklehead and had to use whole wheat flour...that is why it looks darker. Mix together, grab a large ball and roll out into a small circle....keep the other dough covered with a damp cloth to keep from drying out.

Next I used small cookie cutters and cut out my dough. I used Christmas and fall cutters because I have two projects in mind.

Next I baked them on several cookie sheets....200 degrees for 3-4 hours. I turned them over on the cookie rack about half way through. I do check them after a couple of hours because I have actually overcooked them before. (You can also let them air dry...but I didn't want to wait..)

Let them cool. Then your fun begins!!!

Get a foam brush or small paint brush and apply Modge Podge or glue to the top of the salt dough ornaments and then while the glue is wet....sprinkle Martha Stewart glitter generously on them. Her glitter is very fine and is so much fun to sprinkle on everyone...I mean everything!
Once they are dried you can spray them with a clear spray to protect. Next glue them to your designer made napkin rings and VOILA!
Here are a few ideas how to use them!

Well don't just sit there....go get some salt! Big smile! Let me know how much fun you are having....I'm telling you I lay in bed thinking of more....Napkin Rings! haha
Today I am playing along with these wonderful and amazing blogs! Please look at both of them they are GREAT!
Susan @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/


And Roeshel @



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How clever and cute. Now I may become a glitter nut also. lol Thanks for the tutorial, this is such a great idea. Hugs, Marty

Its So Very Cheri said...

Great job.--ugh--I hope you can read this Google keeps going in and out and once again I can't see anything I am typing

Sherri said...

I love them! I've made napkin rings from toilet paper rolls before TOO. LOL Thanks for dropping by my blog. Yes, my teen daughter is a Hoot and RARELY will I post a 'non' flattering photo.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how I do understand when you are trying to find something and someone looks at you like you have lost your mind. I love your little cloche with the glitter reindeer inside, too cute. For cloches I just did a google for glass cloches and several sights came up. Some of the ones that were reasonable were www.origincrafts.com and www.wisteria.com and also www.thefind.com. Hope this helps and you can find something. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Marty

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How pretty they are! Aren't you so smart? Thanks so much for the directions! I can't wait to try this. laurie

Simple Home said...

Okay, you are just too talented! These are so cute. It looks like you had lots of fun.

Carla said...

I think the wheat flour worked just fine! Stopped by to let you know I am closing my blog TheCottageGirl but started a new one~
Primfolk Cottage
I have again added you to my sidebar so I can stop easier to visit!
Cottage Girl

Joan said...

You have some great ideas here. I may have to take a few of them. I love the glitter!

Check out some of your local garden centers for cloches. Originally, cloches were used to grow plants. Moisture from the plant was trapped inside and aided the plant to grow and stay alive. Now, they have become decorative items. There are even cheese cloches.

Stop by Applejack Lane if you have a moment.

Aprons Gone Wild said...

What a great idea! Better watch out they don't get eaten!
Had a good chuckle at your comment on my blog. Thanks!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Oh OH OH!! I am seeing so many variations of those napkin rings! You are so so clever my friend! I need to make myslef anote right now to start saving toilet paper rolls!! Thanks for another awesome idea!

Marigene said...

Debbie, what a clever little idea...napkin rings...I ♥ it! I will be making these. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Debbie! I crown you the Most Creative One! These are so precious! I can see so many ways these could be used in lots of ways. You're a genius!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

That is really cute. I really love the holly ones! Thanks for the tutorial...have a great week!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

such a clever idea, love the little raindeer, I will use this great idea...

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

These are really cute. I may have to add this to my ever growing list of projects to keep myself busy. :-)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh my goodness those are cute!!!!! I wish we lived closer because I would just have to hook our kids up...smiles~

Dena Pickle said...

Adorable! and I loved the 2008 Christmas home tour too.

You, your daughter and your home are beautiful.


Darlene said...

Debbie I LOVE this!!! Lexi will have another Mini Society right before Christmas and I think we will probably make locker magnets again, but Christmas ones, and I bet she would enjoy making these too. We could punch a small hole in the top and they could be Christmas ornaments. What fun!!!! Thanks for the idea!

Sandra said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I love your tuturial. What a great idea!
I hope you don't mind that I signed up to be one of your followers. :) I hope you visit my blog soon. God Bless.

cherry said...

Those are gorgeous! You are on a crafty rooooollllllll!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great idea! I cannot wait to try it. Thank you for sharing the instructions with us!

~ Tracy

Amanda said...

I've been having a hard time finding the perfect snowflake napkin rings so these will be perfect! Thanks!

Lisa said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing the recipe. The reindeer is my favorite ~ so cute!

Sandy said...

You are so creative!

Love them!

Anonymous said...

cute, cute, cute! Come for a visit. xo Lynn

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love these! You are so creative.

Its So Very Cheri said...

You were featured in my favorites. Go check it out and grab your I've been featured button.
Thanks for posting. I had just made some before you even posted. Yours are super cute.

Maryrose said...

Hi Debbie,
I live in So Cal too. I absolutely love all of your creativity. You have inspired me to get in the mood for some holiday crafts. Thanks for the great post

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

There is no such thing as too much glitter.

The Kelley Family said...

These are too cute and I think they would be a great craft for our homeschool group to do! Where do you buy Martha Glitter???