My Recycled Spring Table, Part II: Napkin Rings

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At this very moment, I can count at least 10 cans of spray paint in various colors within arms reach. Once I start using the stuff, it really gets addictive. So after I created the simple, recycled centerpiece for my dining table, I was inspired to use spray paint to make over another reclaimed material that I’ve worked with once before: toilet paper rolls. This time, I decided to use them to create napkin rings for the table.

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Embellishments (like wooden or foam flowers or butterflies)
  • Glue gun
  • Spray paint or craft paint

This is honestly one of the simplest craft projects I’ve done in a while. First, cut your toilet paper roll down into strips about 1″-1.5″ wide. You can get about 4 of these strips from a single roll.

Gather your embellishments. The possibilities for this are genuinely endless, depending on the theme of your table design. I chose foam and wooden flowers, both found in the Walmart craft aisle. However, you can use bumblebees, scrapbooking supplies, small figurines, old keys, those ridiculous plastic toys from Happy Meals and birthday party goody bags — really whatever works for you.

Simply hot glue your chosen embellishment to one side of the toilet roll strip. I chose to stack several flowers and butterflies on top of each other for a more three-dimensional look.

Once the hot glue has set, spray paint the entire assemblage in a single color. Keep in mind, however, that some materials take spray paint better than others. So while I preferred the look of the foam butterflies to the wooden flowers, the wooden flowers were definitely more receptive to spray paint. It took about 3 coats to get the coverage and color I wanted. If you’re worried that your materials might not work well with spray paint, you can always use craft paint and do them by hand.

You’re done!

Altogether, this will take you about 20 minutes to complete, not counting paint drying time when you could be doing other stuff.

And they look really good! Noone will ever guess the humble beginnings of your napkin rings, and the project is so easy and inexpensive that you could change them regularly. I already have plans to use a bunch of the small toys that have been littering my stepsons’ toybox to create napkin rings for a kids’ birthday party.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing craft projects with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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