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Rose Napkin Rings

A while back when we hosted our Christmas Challenge, we offered our winner 1 guest blog spot.  We have been so excited to work with this very talented lady & have anxiously awaited bringing this post to you all!  Please welcome our guest blogger, Rebecca Ednie:

Hi, I am thrilled to have a tutorial featured here on the May Arts blog today. I am a 30+ SAHM of two lovely but adventurous and active little boys, Jameson, 9 and Spencer 3. I used to be an RN but I can’t work due to health reasons. I am married to Tim, a paramedic. Guess how we met, ha ha! We live in a very small town, Mount Albert, pop. 2500, about 45 minutes north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our brown tabby and white kitty, named Jesse, was rescued from the Humane Society and has been eating ever since! I love paper crafting, sewing and other crafts as well as photography, reading and gardening. I have done some kind of craft my whole life, having tried about 25 different types. Actually, it is probably more! Right now, I am into card making and home decor. I also scrapbook and love recording my kid’s lives. My pages, cards, home decor and sewing often include ribbon, the more the better I always say! I hope you will visit my blog, Eclectic Endeavors.

Rose Napkin Ring Tutorial

Napkin rings with ribbon

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Supplies (for one napkin ring):

  • 8.5” x 3” piece of your choice of color of heavy cardstock – I used chocolate brown about 80 – 100lb weight
  • Scraps of gold metallic cardstock – mine was from Stampin’ Up!
  • 1 yard of 1-1.5” wide ribbon of your choice, I recommend a bit stiffer ribbon like grosgrain or satin, silk would be too soft without a stiffener – I used QA16 embroidered ribbon, perfect stiffness.
  • 1 large paper or silk rose – mine was by Prima and was almost 2” wide by 1.5” high.
  • Quick drying, non-yellowing glue – I used 3 in 1 Crystal Clear Glue by Beacon’s (very similar to Zip Dry)
  • Border paper punch strong enough to punch cardstock – mine was a Martha Stewart punch, you could also use specialty scissors or a shaped paper trimmer blade

napkin rings with ribbon

  • Die cut swirls – I used a Sizzix die that is also available through Stampin’ Up! (see photo above)
  • Adhesive halfback pearls – I used Kaisercraft

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Instructions:

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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 1. You will start by making the paper ring that supports the ribbon and the rose. I started with a 8.5” long piece, the width will depend on what border punch you are using and the width of your ribbon. Punch one edge of the cardstock. Decide what width you want the cardstock strip to be based on the width of your ribbon and the depth of your punched design, adding any waste that the punch creates. Punch the other side, be sure to line up your punch so the edges are symmetrical. My final strip measured just slightly over 2” wide.
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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 2. Overlap the ends of the paper strip and glue. You will not need the whole strip but leaving it extra long allows you to align the punched edges for a tidy look. This is where you will see if your strip ended up symmetrical! (mine wasn’t perfect)  The diameter of my loop was about 1.5” when I was finished.
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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 3. Wrap your ribbon around your cardstock loop. Do NOT glue it to the cardstock, just to itself at the ends. Snugly, but not tight. This allows you to remove the paper if it gets stained and replace it. I angled the end of my ribbon, again for neatness.
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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 4. Cut the following lengths of ribbon. 10.5”, 8.5”,  6.5”. Overlap the ends by ¼” and glue. I use clothespins to hold the ribbon together while it dries.
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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 5. Fold the ribbon loops in half. This will allow you to fold the ribbon in the middle, creasing it. In the photo I used binder clips only to because I can’t hold the ribbon and take a photo at the same time. I normally just hold it and crease it by hand. Glue the crease to the overlapped area. Again, I use clothespins to secure the ribbon while the glue dries.
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napkin rings with ribbon

Step 6. Stack the ribbon loops, aligning the centers and glue. Next glue to the loops to ribbon strip wrapped around the cardstock.
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napkin rings with ribbon
Step 7. Glue on the swirls, rose and pearls as per the photo.

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napkin ring with ribbon

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Blog Posted By: Rebecca Ednie

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Be sure to check out our latest challenge "Think Spring", for a chance to win a guest blog post of your own……and, of course, Free Ribbon!

 

  1. cassie

    oh my – these are just gorgeous rebecca! i always love your vintage/shabby pieces.

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