Easter is almost here, so if you need that little something to dress up the table, these pretty springtime napkin rings could be just the ticket. Using pastels colors, simple wooden napkin rings, and some sturdy wire, you can make this with plenty of time to spare. They are also perfect for Mother’s Day, afternoon tea or even a picnic in the park! Great for summertime entertaining.
I created this project for Michael’s via DecoArt to show people that you can create pretty projects using Craft Smart paint! If you haven’t tried Craft Smart paint, you can only find it at Michael’s Craft Stores and it’s less expensive than most of the other brands. These is a fabulous brand to use for kid’s projects as well! I used round wooden beads and some wire I found near the floral department. You can click the picture above for a larger view to see what I used.
First you’ll paint and decorate the beads. Use a toothpick for polka dots and a paint pen for swirls. I actually found the easiest way to keep the beads in one place was to insert a toothpick into a piece of Styrofoam and place the bead on the toothpick. Great for drying too.
Once the paint has dried, place each bead on a toothpick and rest them atop of cardboard tubes so the beads won’t touch any surfaces. Paint the beads with Triple Thick, which will give you a nice, glossy coating. I gave mine two coats. Then cut the wire into 4-inch lengths, run those through the beads, and set the fraying edges with hot glue. Add pony beads to the ends. Click the picture above for a larger view.
Full and printable instructions are below. Happy Easter!