Faux Succulent and Woven Newspaper Napkin Ring

I had a few newspaper rods left over from an earlier project and thought of weaving some of them into a napkin ring and placing a faux succulent on top. Why succulents you say? Because they've become so popular because of their low maintenance requirements, unusual plant shapes and stunning colors and at the moment, they're really hot and trendy! So how cool would making a faux succulent with woven newspapers as a napkin ring be?
Weaving five strands of newspaper rods together is easier than you think. And I've got a very simply way to do it. Just glue the five rod top tips together.
Once dry, gently separate the rods with three on one side and two on the other.
Take the end rod from the group of three and fold it over to the two beside it and place it inside the group of two.
Now that two group has become a three group. Take the outside rod of the new three group and fold it over to the two beside it and place it inside the group of two, making it three rods together.
Continue taking the third outside rod, folding it over to the inside two rods, making a herringbone pattern of the newspaper rods along the way.
How easy is this to do? I measured seven and a half inches for the length of my napkin ring and glued the rods together at that point. Once dry I cut off the ends and glued them together.
Next, I applied several coasts of mod podge to strengthen and seal the paper. Painted it green and sealed it again with glossy varnish.
Once the varnish was dry I added the faux succulent using E6000 and clips to hold in place and allowed to dry overnight.
Love this look! Lifelike succulents bring a garden fresh look to any table setting.
Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Mindy Mallette Mindy Mallette on Jul 06, 2014
    very nice. and thanks for the easy five strand braid. for some reason, I could not get that right.

  • Cherie Cherie on Jul 06, 2014
    You have a very creative mind, these are absolutely brilliant. Thank you for the share.