5 Craft Projects Using Things From Your Yard


Nature-Inspired Napkin Rings

Handmade, nature-inspired napkin rings are the perfect table accessory when dining al fresco.
Handmade, nature-inspired napkin rings are the perfect table accessory when dining al fresco.
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To get started on this nature-inspired craft project, you'll need to go on another treasure hunt. Unless, of course, you gathered so many interesting items for the photo frame that you have plenty to spare. And, like the photo frame, you can use your found items to refurbish an existing item, or you can create something completely from scratch. What's the project? Napkin rings.

Gather up any old or boring napkin rings from your buffet and get the glue gun or epoxy you used on the photo frame. Additional supplies that would also be good to have on hand are floral wire (having a variety of 16- to 22-gauge would work well), heavy-duty scissors or wire cutters, and a pair of needle nose jewelry pliers.

To refurbish existing rings, simply use hot glue or epoxy to affix a variety of your natural decorations to each ring. After the glue is dry, you can spray the napkin rings with varnish.

To create new rings from scratch, use an old napkin ring as a guide to figure out what size you want your ring to be. Let's say your ring is 8 inches (20.3 cm) in diameter and you'd like your new rings to be roughly the same size. Take the 16- or 18-gauge floral wire and measure out a piece that is 16 inches (40.6 cm) long for each new napkin ring you plan to make. Bend the wire in half and twist it. Bend the twisted wire until it forms a circle and twist the ends together to close the circle. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of rings. Next, use small pieces of the 22-gauge wire to affix the natural items to your rings.

As you can see, napkin rings don't have to be expensive, especially when you make them yourself. So before you plan your next dinner party, remember that the dinner doesn't have to be the only homemade thing at the table.

If your dinner setting is still looking a little bare, keep reading for another craft to spruce up your table.