Tuesday, April 5, 2011

~~~~SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC NAPKIN RINGS~~~~ A Simple Tutorial For You


One of the things I love about romantic cottage chic decor is that you can create pretty complements for your home and be as simple or elaborate as your heart can imagine!  Yesterday I worked on some charming little Napkin Rings for a Spring Brunch I'm hosting for three of my closest friends in the month of May.  Thought I'd let you tag along as I show you just how I they were made!

The old Napkin Rings you see above are from the 1970's and were manufactured by Home Interiors.  Originally they were a dark walnut and well...you KNOW I just couldn't have that!  After a light sanding I painted them with VALSPAR'S Spray Paint (Churchill Vanilla) and then shabbied them up just a tad!

A gentle wrapping of vintage pink rayon ribbon gives the Rings just a tiny hint of my very favorite color in all the world!  Pink Rules around here (make no mistake about it)!  These days though I definitely lean towards using the palest, softest shades I can possibly find!

Because I decided I wanted the Rings to be a "complement" to my table rather than the focus I decided to keep them fully romantic, but understated!

After wrapping each Napkin Ring with vintage ribbon a single large cream rose was hot-glued over the seam. 

Next came the placement of two vintage pink velvet leaves.  They were hot-glued over the ribbon and up-close to the center rose.  Two smaller cream roses were then hot-glued on top of the vintage leaves!

I opted at the last second to add two sagey green leaves atop the pink leaves before hot-gluing the vintage pink bow in place.  It was attached at the base of the center cream rose!

Last year I found a brand-new-vintage-set of pure linen napkins at an estate sale...

They were only a few dollars and trust me when I tell you they are 1000th better than anything I've ever purchased new from Dillard's!

Here's a sneak-peek at the mock run-through of the table.  Not sure just what silverware I'll use or even the dishes~  But, at least this will give you an idea of what I'm planning!  This project was SIMPLE and I hope it will inspire you to create something lovely for your own springtime gathering!

Hope you are having a beautiful Spring-Fling kind-of-day!  Blessings to live your day with Joy and Passion~

Love to you...


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great project!! And simple but so very elegant when the project is finished!!



Trisha said...

So beautiful...looks like your gathering will be a lot of fun!


Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh Rebecca! I LOVE these!!! Now I've got to go see what I have to create something similar!!!
Thank you for the beautiful inspirations!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kathleen

Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca! Oh, these are so pretty and elegant! You're so good.
I'm having a party that will be up all week and I'd love you to come if you can. We're showing our favorite cupboard in our kitchens.
Be a sweeite,
shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Love the new project!! The napkin rings turned out beautifully and look
so elegnant....AND costly!!
Would you believe I was in the midst
of the Home Interiors "hayday" and had
a houseful of their items!! I had these exact napkin rings...not one but TWO sets of them, in their dark wooden finish....I gave them to Good Will several years ago..Aghhhh!! You never know what you should keep, now do you?
The linen napkins are a real "find",
too....they iron up beautifully! I am sure your luncheon will be delightful.
Hugs on this lovely spring day, Francy

Blessed Serendipity said...

What pretty napkin rings and napkins to make your table look so elegant and finished. Pretty project!


Julie Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful my friend!... I too love the palest of pale pinks... your guests will be enchanted and delighted!... xoxo Julie Marie

Dolores said...

It looks like we're all using the word 'elegant'..... well, they are gorgeous and elegant!!

ShabbyESP said...

LOVE the sweet napkin rings you made, your work is marvelous!!!
Hope you are doing well!!! Now that I am moved wish you could come by with your magic wand and make it beautiful!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Susan said...

Very Very nice Rebecca!

Rita said...

Rebecca, your napkin rings are absolutely lovely! Wish I lived close to you so we could craft together! You always have such wonderful ideas.

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Mari said...

Hello Sweet Friend :) these are sooooo darn cute, I just love the way they turned out sweetie, but I'm not surprised everything you create turns out gorgeous :)

ohhh and thanks so much for dropping by and asking about my sweet princess pebbles, she is as well as can be :) I tell ya dear friend she is a fighter :)


Tanza said...

Hello Ms. ~r~,
Beautiful as always !! You really can make anything look "wonderful" .. YoU have that just right touch my friend .. NeVer under done, or over done .. just simply beautiful and shabby perfection ..

Is this TeA for meee ?! The TeA !! How FuN would that bee .. especially after we shopped all day at YOUR favorite places !!

LoVe to you sweet friend of mine, thanks for always making me smile, and my heart happy ~
Huggers ~TeA~ xo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I have those napkin rings! I picked them up at a thrift store thinking I would do something with them some time, I'm motivated they are lovely!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Not one to keep old things cluttering up the house, I gave about a dozen of these wooden napkin rings I'd had since the 70s to a local second hand drive.
Now I'm wishing I still had them to decorate like yours. ~sigh~

Maria said...

Hi Rebecca! How absolutely lovely!
I think I still have these napkin rings! All the projects dancing in my head will wait until summer when I have more free time... this one is a "doable" definitely something fun, simple and sooo sweet when finished!
I am enjoying your music tonight... "Fields of Gold" is just beautiful as an instrumental ~
thank you for sharing with us!
*Happy Wednesday*

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Rebecca dear, did you say you didn't want your napkin rings to be a focal point on your table? Surely you jest! But of course they are a focal point! Everything you do is a focal point. *sigh* Simply...lovely!

Lynn Stevens said...

oh my gosh, with napkin rings as pretty as these I can just imagine how beautiful the entire table will be much less the food you will prepare. What a lovely way to celebrate spring! and what Lucky friends you have to grace your table.
hugs Lynn

Theresa said...

Love it Rebecca, thanks for sharing this with me! Hugs!

Tammy Neal said...

Hi Rebecca!

The napkin rings look absolutely gorgeous! I am redecorating my little cottage for Easter and I needed an idea for napkin rings. Thank you so much for walking me through it step by step. After I make mine I will post a picture on my blog for you to see. They probably won't be exacly like yours because everyone needs to make things "their own" but your inspiration has been such a blessing in my life and I know my decorating and crafting have gotten a lot better because of the beautiful talent you have that you share with everyone on your blog. Thank you for blessing me. I hope you have wonderful time dining with your friends. Blessings to you sweet friend!

Love Tammy

KatyDidStitches said...

Hello, Rebecca!

I checked in on my blog this morning to do a little editing...and found that I have my first follower! And it's you! I'm honored, as I have been a fan of yours since your eBay days. Hopefully, I'll be up and running around the middle of May...and your pretty face won't look so lonely over there.


Mary B. in Texas said...

Miss Rebecca, I love those napkin rings! I had something similar to the rings but they are long gone. Your creations always take us to a level far above the usual. Everything you touch becomes just beautiful. I bet that brings you so much joy! It does for me just seeing them!
God bless you richly!
Love, Mary

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Had to pop over and try to catch up with the going on with my Sweet Rebecca.... Ummmmmmm........these are totally delish....but then, not surprised by that....everything you make is.


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