Do you ever have one of those days where you have an epiphany of sorts? More than likely it’s nothing major, like a cure for cancer, but something simpler. Like the fact that a napkin and a napkin ring can be placed together in such a way as to form a bow.
I’m not saying I’m a genius for having figured this out because, well, I’m just not. But I must say I’m quite proud of myself all the same. And while I decided to make my bow napkins a pretty aqua color, you can make yours any color. Maybe if you throw an especially snazzy party you could even make them black! Black tie, get it? :)
For this project you will need:
- 100% cotton white napkins and fabric dye I used Tulip in Turquoise
- OR napkins in a color/pattern you like
- wooden napkin rings <— mine are from Michael’s
- matching acrylic paint
Grab yourself some 100% cotton napkins and give them a wash. Note, I didn’t wash mine. I never do with dyeing because I’m just so darn lazy. And impatient to get my craft on. But back to the napkins…
Dye those suckers according to the package directions.
Allow the fabric to dry and take it with you to the craft store. Pick the paint that most closely matches your dried napkins.
And paint your napkin rings to match. Allow to fully dry.
To make the bow, first iron your napkin. I used spray starch to help me eliminate the big creases from being in packaging for so long. Fold the napkin in half twice. Gather at one end and feed through the napkin ring until you reach the middle. Fan each side out and play with the folds to get the pleated appearance of a real bow.
And that is all there is to that, but isn’t it something wonderful? I just know guests will love them!
And kids love them too! Though, for a totally different reason. “Will you tie this around my neck?” No. “Please? It’s just so funny!” No. You can hold it there all day long, though. “Awesome!”