You know, the thrift store folks figure out that everybody wants candlesticks to make DIY cake stands, so they start marking candle stands $2.99 instead of the normal 25 cents? Yeah, that frustrates me too. What is great about this problem is that it encourages you to think creatively! I always challenge myself to pick out the ugliest item that I see EVERYWHERE for really cheap and reinvent it. Case in point?
These napkin rings:
Cheap? You bet ya!
They were packaged in this old, cruddy plastic container,
but boasted a cute "Town and Country" logo, so in the cart they went.
Once they were popped out of the 50 year old packaging, they were instantly better.
Then I decided to add a little humor...
Since these are vintage napkin rings in a melamine finish, they were a blend of old and new. I decided to keep with the theme and add a "new" story with emoticons. Using colon, slashes and other punctuation mark stencils from the new Martha Stewart glass paint line, I gave each ring its own "face". Guests can chose their seat based on their mood or I can give a grumpy kid a hint by placing the grumpy ring at his dinner plate.
Want more ideas for using glass paint?
Rescue the Yankees! (candles...)
Need a few early ideas for gifts this Christmas? Why not make your own vanilla? ...or be brave and try your hand at this beginner level zig-zag cut quilting technique? ...or microwave hand crafted soap?
Thank you, Amy! I love upcycled projects!
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