Sunday, August 29, 2010

DIY Napkin Rings….Creatures from the Deep

Fall is closing in us. Soon memories of the beach and ocean will give way to falling leaves and pumpkins. As much as I look forward to crisp cool days, I can’t quite let go. I’ve got at least one more summer tablescape rolling around in my head! The problem was that I had searched for napkin rings and never could find anything I loved.


You might remember these from last week—stainless steel napkin rings that came with a set of flatware. Lackluster on their own, they got a coat of white spray paint. I spray painted half of them key lime green in this post. The other half is getting an aquatic makeover.


First, the white spray paint went on. These got one more touch up spray after the photo. Next I started going through the shells our family has collected through years and years of vacations at the beach.


If you don’t have your own collection of shells, you can buy them at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s. I tried super glue with no luck. However, the hot glue gun did the trick!


A sand dollar from the second sand bar in Destin…found by one of children…bleached by me…..saved for just this moment :) Don’t worry if your napkin ring feels “top heavy”. The napkin will stabilize it. The possibilities are limited only by your supply of shells and imagination!

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. You can find her lovely blog full of inspiration here!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will come back for Tablescape Thursday when I will be putting these into action! Don’t forget to say hello :)


  1. What a clever idea!!! You are so smart!! Looking forward to the tablescape with these.

  2. I loved the lime green ones and I love this idea too! Looks fabulous!

  3. See, I would NEVER think of anything like that. Super cool ideas running around in that brain of yours!

  4. These are too cute! I never seem to think of napkin rings. May have to Re-think that!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do like those!! Looking forward to seeing your tablescape. Love the idea of using what you have.
    Just came in - cooler outside.

  6. Now those are really nice looking. They sure were boring looking before. Great idea!

  7. Those are so cute. Easy to do too!

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  8. Aren't you clever. Great idea of lack luster napkin rings. I'll be back to see your table on Thursday.

  9. Those are just so cute and what a great idea too! You have inspired me to make some changes with mine!

  10. That is a great them!

  11. Hi Susan,

    You are so talented and love what you have done with your napkin rings.

    Happy week

  12. What a nice idea - I'll be sad to see the seashell decor get packed up.

  13. Cute! I have a set I repurpose constantly! Why not!
    We just got back from a few hours at the ocean with the gkids.
    Hope it is cooler there for you!

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    God Bless You ~Ron

  15. Susan!!!
    I just love the way this turned out! It's really beautiful, and something I think I can do too - which makes it even more inspiring! Thanks for sharing, and as always inspiring! I hope to see you for Vignette Fridays, this week!
    P.S., stop by and let me know what you think of my little video I did of my house. I hope you like it - would love to know what you think!

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