Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sunflower Napkin Rings

I LOVE Sunflowers! They are such a happy flower! :) I made these napkin rings for Thanksgiving one year when we hosted, but they can be used any time of year! They were easy to make and not very expensive either. The "ring" part is a plastic shower curtain hook, which I found works great as a napkin ring. Obviously, you can use any flower you like, but bigger flowers will work better. 

What you'll need:
Glue gun and glue sticks (if you don't have a glue gun, tacky glue might work too)
Silk sunflowers (I bought the kind that came in a bunch... about 3 to 6 flowers per bunch)
Ribbon*, 1/2-inch wide (any color you like)
Plastic shower curtain hooks (you can buy a pack of 10 for less than $2 at Target)

*Note: The ribbon is optional. I wrapped my rings with the ribbon to make them look a little fancier. I used the wire edge ribbon because it wraps around the ring tighter, but any ribbon should be fine as long as it is secured tightly with glue on both ends. 

What to do:
First, make sure the shower curtain hook is fastened. If you are using 1/2-inch wide ribbon, you'll need about 20 inches of ribbon per ring. Starting at the top of the shower curtain hook, dab a dot of hot glue near the edge of the hook, then press ribbon to the glue to attach it to the shower curtain hook. When it is dried and secured, start wrapping the ribbon around the "ring" until covered, overlapping the ribbon just a little bit so the ring doesn't show through. When you get to the other end of the hook, dab another dot of hot glue near the edge and press the ribbon to the glue to secure the end tightly. 

If you bought a "bunch" of flowers, remove just the flower portion from the stem. You should be able to see from the picture what I mean here. Place a dab of hot glue onto the "stub" bottom of the flower, then attach it to the shower curtain hook near the actual "hook" area. Let glue dry. Now you have some pretty napkin rings for your next dinner party! :)


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