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With Easter on the way, I thought I’d make some seasonal napkin rings. Because, you know, I’m such an awesome hostess who throws incredible dinner parties.*
*This is a lie. I’ve had two whole people over for dinner in the last five years. We ate pre-made supermarket salads and sat on wobbly lawn chairs.
Inspired by the fake bird’s nest I made for my DIY spring jar, I decided to make some bird’s nest napkin rings.
This project is heaps quicker if you use pre-made bird’s nests (you can buy some here), pre-made eggs (here), and pre-made napkin rings (here). If you do go this route, all you need to do is use a hot glue gun to glue everything together.
I wanted to make my napkin rings using only what I already had in my craft room/shed. The supplies list below reflects that.
To make the nest:
- A tablespoon measuring spoon
- Aluminium foil
- Twigs, sticks, and bird feathers
- Jute twine, pulled apart by hand until the fibres were separated.
- A hot glue gun
To make the eggs:
- Polymer clay
- Black or brown acrylic paint
- A paintbrush
To make the napkin ring:
- 18 gauge wire (or similar)
To begin, I made the polymer eggs following the method outlined in this post. I skipped painting the eggs, using the pastels, and applying the protective spray, which meant that the eggs look less than 5 minutes to make (sans cooking time).
While the eggs were baking, I got to work on the nest itself. While you can buy premade nests, I wanted to try making a nest from scraps I had around the house.
To make the nest, I folded a small piece of aluminium foil in half, then wrapped it around the back of a tablespoon, like so:
Next, I used my hot glue gun to glue strips of torn-up jute twine to the aluminium foil. I kept adding strips until the foil was completely hidden.
Next, I added a few sticks and twigs to the nest.
Once I was satisfied with how the nest looked, I removed the nest (foil and all) from the tablespoon. I then glued some jute twine, twigs, and artificial moss to the inside of the nest in order to hide the aluminium foil.
By this point, my eggs were finished baking. Using my hot glue gun, I glued the eggs to the inside of the nest, like so:
The final step was making the napkin ring. To do this, I looped some 18 gauge wire around a glue stick a few times to create a ring-shape.
Then I used my hot glue gun to glue the wire to the bottom of the nest.
And with that, my little napkin rings were finished.
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