Napkin rings you make yourself for pennies that look like the $8 kind you see in department and decor stores? Yep!
In fact, they are so easy to make, you can have your children do it.
I made a set of these napkin rings that are big and chunky -- perfect for staging a tabletop when your home is for sale. When home staging, the idea is to go big with what goes into a place setting. Big plates. Big glasses. Big bowls. Big ole napkins.
What You Need
To make six napkin rings, gather these things.
Six 5-ounce cans, the squat kind
Aluminum foil, 3 feet off a 12-inch wide roll
Black craft paint
Small paint brush
Clean cotton rag
Clear glossy spray paint
How to Do
I use the cans from evaporated milk, or canned mushrooms, or green chilis. Make sure all the ones you choose are the same -- same food, same brand -- so they all match exactly.
It's important that you go around both top and bottom edges a few times with a can opener. Make sure there are no sharp burrs. After this point, the project is kid-friendly.
|Remove the label and both ends of the can, and wash it well.|
|Using scissors, cut the 3-foot piece of foil into three 1-foot lengths. Then cut each in half.|
|Place a prepared can at the center of one edge of a piece of foil, and roll it so it's covered.|
|Where the foil overlaps, run a small line of white glue, and press to hold the edge flat.|
|Tuck the edges inside the can and flatten them with fingers. Finger press the top and bottom edges.|
|Before the paint dries completely, rub off most of it with your rag. Let it dry for an hour.|
|Once you spray on a few light coats of clear gloss, it will look like old metal.|
|You can decorate your napkin rings with beads. This one wasn't antiqued with black paint.|
|I painted this version with red and brown craft paints to look like old leather.|
|An even easier version: just cover the can with a strip of scrapbook paper.|
|Another easy treatment is to wrap the can with a some decorative duct tape.|
Although I designed these napkin tings for place settings in a staged home, they're sturdy enough to hold up to ordinary use. I hope you have fun inventing your own style napkin rings from upcycled tin cans.
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