Create a timeless look for your tablescape year round by making these wooden bead napkin rings! This is an easy do it yourself project that adds style and dimension to your table top. Add the tassels to make them extra fun!
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Wooden Bead Napkin Rings
A couple of weekends ago, my friend, Michele from the blog Sweet Threads Co. and I were DIY workshop leaders at the Philly Home Show! The DIY workshops were held for a series called “Make It Take It,” created by Denise, from The Painted Home. Our workshop was “How to Create a Simple Spring Tablescape and Wooden Bead and Tassel Napkin Rings.” It was quite the mouth full, but super fun!
Each workshop was open to 15 home show attendees for FREE! They got to create a small craft and take it home with them. It’s an amazing idea, because it provides the workshop attendees with the knowledge and confidence to make more of the same craft! The project was a great success and we even had to turn people away, because we didn’t have enough spots!
We are so grateful to The Bead Chest for providing us with all of the beads for the event! The Bead Chest is an online source for all things beads! They have every type of bead you could ever want! Their website even offers a guide to DIY jewelry making and a guide to learning about the history of beads.
The Bead Chest is quite unique in that they source their beads directly from third world countries. This allows for better quality, amazing prices, and fair trade. They have everything you could possibly need for your beading crafts!
The wooden beads napkin rings are super easy to make and add such a sweet touch to any tablescape! They work with any style, especially since you can switch out the beads for other colors, as well as, the twine that you use. We decided to add tassels to the napkin rings for a fun little touch. There are so many ways to put your own spin on the wooden bead napkin rings and so many wooden bead crafts you can make! You can check out the post on my “Wooden Bead Garland” for more ideas! Read on to find out how to make the napkin rings!
Details on How to Make the Wooden Bead Napkin Rings:
- Wooden Beads (The Bead Chest)
- Twine (Natural jute twine or baker’s twine)
- Upholstery needle
- 4 inch wide piece of cardboard
- Tape measure
First, using your tape measure, cut one piece of twine that is 20 inches long. This will be the piece of twine that you string your beads on. (If you plan to make several wooden bead napkin rings, you can go ahead and cut several 20 inch pieces.)
Next, in order to make the tassels, wrap your twine around the 4 inch piece of cardboard about 16 times. It does not have to be exact, but use the same number for all of your napkin rings so that they are consistent. The more you wrap the twine around the cardboard, the thicker the tassel will be in the end.
Slide the twine off of the cardboard keeping it in the same position so that it is in the shape of an “O.” Then, cut the “O” in half at the top. This will leave you with a several pieces of twine in a bundle. This will become your tassel.
String seven beads onto the 20 inch piece of twine. Place the beads in the center of the twine, so that you have an even amount of twine left of each side of the beads. At this point, tie the two pieces of twine together and then tie it again. Make sure it is double-knotted.
Place the twine bundle, that will become your tassel, perpendicular to the long pieces of twine connected to the beads. Your twine bundle will be in the middle of the two long pieces of twine. Make sure the twine bundle is centered. Tie the two long pieces of twine around the twine bundle twice. Make sure it is double-knotted. At this time, the twine bundle should be connected to the the napkin ring.
Leaving the two long pieces of twine alone, pull each side of the twine bundle up so that both sides meet. Your two long pieces of twine should still be on either side of the bundle. Refer to the picture.
Using one hand, take one long piece of twine and wrap it around the twine bundle in one direction. Leave a little bit of the twine hanging off so that you can tie it in a double knot. Now take the other long piece of twine and wrap it around the twine bundle in the opposite direction. Tie off the the two pieces in a double knot.
Cut off any excess twine that sticks out from the knot you just made. You can also trim the bottom of your tassel with your scissors.
Wooden Bead Napkin Rings
We had such an amazing time at the Philly Home Show sharing how to make these napkin rings! Everyone was very pleased with the quality of beads and The Bead Chest’s mission! Be sure to head to their website for tons of bead inspiration!
You can read more about my experience at The Philly Home Show in THIS blogpost! I will be sharing more about our interview with Clint Harp from Harp Designs in an upcoming post! In case you don’t know who Clint Harp is, he was Joanna Gaines’ carpenter or right-hand man on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper!” I’ll be sure to link them here once it’s written.