Thanksgiving is more than just about turkey and cranberry sauce. It’s about “giving thanks”, remember? So spread that reminder message at the dinner table by whipping up some of these lovely Be Thankful napkin rings! You don’t have to be a pro designer or artist to put together some soulful accents; and to prove that, here is a crafty recipe for beaded napkin rings that come with a heartfelt message.
Stringing beads on memory wire is a standard technique, but the extra touch is a dangling wood disc adorned with a personalized message or photo for your guests. You can use inspiring quotes, family trivia or photos, and place one napkin ring at each setting. After the meal, each person can take the napkin ring home and attach it around a small ivy bowl, a pillar candle or wear it as a bracelet. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Be Thankful Napkin Rings
1 package of medium memory wire (bracelet memory wire)
1 pair of needle nose pliers
1 pair of wire nippers
1 package of small beads
Assorted beads in size, color, shapes, etc.
1 package of small wood discs (dime size)
Assorted face photos of family members, or phrases printed from your computer
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
12 millimeter jump rings
Directions: Using the nippers, cut the memory wire into single rings; you can have the ends overlap if you like. Grip the end of one of the rings and use the pliers to bend the raw end into a tiny loop. This is so your beads won’t slide off and so the end won’t snag on anything. Slide one of the small beads onto the end of the ring. Now add the other beads to fill up the ring, leaving a 1-centimeter tail at the end. Slide on another small bead and create another tiny loop with the pliers. Glue the picture onto the wood disc, drill a small hole at top, insert jump ring and attach to the center of the beaded napkin ring.
Variations: Instead of a wood disc, stamp an initial into a small circle of polymer clay. You can also use rubber stamps to decorate the disc or fancy papers. Instead of words, you can glue a picture of the face of each person and use as the place markers. If you don’t have time to make the discs, add a dangling charm.
Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).