Monday, November 25, 2013

Painted Fall Napkin Rings

Amy from A Nest for All Seasons is here today to show us how she took some plain thrift store napkins rings and turned them into something adorable. I think these painted Fall napkin rings would be too much fun at a kid or tween table for Thanksgiving dinner! Kids are so tech savvy these days, no? Keep reading to see how Amy created them....



Hello hello, all!  I am Amy Renea and I blog about food, photography, DIY design and modern garden living at A Nest for All Seasons.  I am excited to be here today to share a simple little fall craft with you!  All you need is some glass paint and a trip to the thrift store for some napkin rings.  Ready to get your fall table set?

Do you ever get frustrated at the thrift store because everything you want has been marked up?

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:

Ugly yes?   
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.
Fun, huh?
Want more ideas for using glass paint?
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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