Shell Napkin Rings

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Hi there! I had some left over shells and beads from a bracelet I used on another project.. and wanted to try to create shell napkin rings.
I had found these plain wooden napkin rings at a thrift store . The first thing I did was cut a slit through the napkin ring, just on one side. This will make it easier for me to wrap the sisal around the ring.
I first put a dab of hot glue to the end inside to hold it tight when wrapping.
I started bringing the string through the slit and just kept wrapping it around.
When I was finished covering the napkin ring with the sisal, I then sprayed it with matte clear. I was hoping that this would keep all the unruly little 'hairs' on the sisal would stick together. This did make it easier to snip them off, leaving a clean look.
I gathered my shells, gold beads and pearls together. In hind site, if I was using a thinner string I could thread them through the shells and beads like I did with the other napkin ring. But...I had this sisal and wanted to use it, it looks beachy.
I began gluing the shells onto a piece of sisal approx 5" long. I added a pearl and gold bead above the shells. On the other side of the piece of sisal, I did the same. I made 2 of these strands. I then held the 2 strands in the center ( the shells and beads were dangling), I then made a knot.
After I was done with that I realized I need 1 more now I have 5 strands all together. I glued the onto the napkin ring with 'Goop" multi purpose glue.
I think they came out pretty! With the other napkin ring, I started by painting the ring. I then used some string, and made 12 lengths 5" each.
I wrapped the strings once around the ring, then tied them in a knot in front. I then added the wooden beads
I think it came out pretty nice. Perfect for the fall.
Summer is coming....these shell napkin rings would look so pretty on your table. Thank you so much for looking!Check out my other projects at:
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  • Wooden napkin rings   ((10) for $1 at thrift store)
  • String I had on hand
  • Shells, pearls, and gold beads
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Linda kelley
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  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on May 03, 2016
    I agree with the distracting background, but your rings are adorable! Nice idea as gifts also! Hugs

  • Dee B Dee B on May 04, 2016
    Fancy napkin rings! Thanks. A couple of years ago I made pillow covers for my sofa from that exact same print in the background!

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    • Linda kelley Linda kelley on May 04, 2016
      @Dee B Hope you have a wonderful evening Dee...thank you!