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ETA: 30 April 2010

I’m recycling this post {pun intended} for Someday Crafts Categorically Crafting linky party. The theme is TP Rolls!

 It’s called the Silly Season for a reason. Expenses just seem to mount up.
If you are like me and leave everything to the last minute, you will find that all the good stuff is already sold out. And you don’t even get decent discount on the cracked Xmas balls.

So in the spirit of being frugal and going green I will show you how to customise your Christmas Table with these DIY Napkin rings. You can recycle old ribbon if you have any. I bought mine as it was cheap; Wide ribbon was R1.85 pm, and sequin R2 pm.

You will need:

What you need

What you need

  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Ribbon in your choice of colour at least 10mm wide.
  • Thinner ribbon or sequin strand in your choice of colour
  • Double-sided tape (I used the thin one cause the shop didn’t have the regular sellotape sized one)
  • Scissors

Optional extra:

Optional extras
Optional extras
  • Paint to match the main ribbon. I used poster paints from previous projects. It’s not worth buying new just for this project.
  • Craft knife or scalpel blade

Tip: For a standard tube you need about 13cm of ribbon per layer per ring. Calculate how much you need so you don’t over spend.

Method:

Cut empty tube in rings slightly narrower than your wide base ribbon e.g. my ribbon is about 10mm, I cut the rings 6-7mm. When using scissors try not to bend the tube too much as to warp it. This tube forms the support for the whole napkin ring. I used a craft knife.

Optional: Mix some paint to match your main base ribbon colour, paint the rings paying close attention to the inside and edges. Leave to dry.

Sticking the ribbon

Sticking the ribbon

Stick double-sided tape along the outside of the (painted) ring. Remove the paper covering the tape. Stick the edge of the base ribbon in the centre of the ring and carefully wrap around the ring, sticking to the tape. Ensure the edges align. You can quickly move the ribbon if you went skew. Cut the end of ribbon. I left a slight overlap and secured it with a little bit of double-sided tape, just to give it a neater finish. Press ribbon all along the ring to make sure it sticks.

Using Double-sided tape

Using Double-sided tape

Wrap another round of double-sided tape around the ring with ribbon. Be careful to wrap in a straight line and ensure the edges align. Remove the cover of the tape.

Stick the sequin layer

Stick the sequin layer

Carefully stick the sequin string around the ribbon ring, keeping a straight line and aligning the beginning and end.

 

 

Voila

Voila

Continue for all your rings. Voila! Home made customised napkin rings. Perfect for Christmas dinner, or even as a gift!

Ready for the table

Ready for the table

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Cannot believe I did it, but ja, I actually managed to control my dishydrosis. Not cure it, by all means, don’t think there is a cure per se. But controlling it has made life easier to say the least. And if I see the tell tale signs of a looming breakout, I act quickly and effectively. Fatty Ointment is my best friend and now I need to find a pharmacy that will dispense it with out a script. Think it’s time I asked my dad for his opinion – he is a pharmacist after all.

The DOVE soap made all the difference. I’m using it at work for lab hygiene, I use it at home for personal hygiene; I even bath Amelia with it (her eczema is better too fyi). Now there are only 2 culprits: shampoo and dishwashing liquid.
I wash my hair every second day so it’s manageable and contact is limited. I try and use my left hand as much as possible. But there is no way I am changing my hair care products 😉

The other culprit is doing dishes. Dishwashing liquid is a female-dog to put it nicely. I have considered using the green sunlight bar soap, but ordinary bars also cause a reaction, just less severe than liquid soap. My only escape out of doing dishes (except having someone else do it) is to get a dishwasher. I’ve never had one and the homemaker in me sees it as a luxury item, not a necessity like a fridge or stove. But I am shifting the paradigm and planning to make it my first purchase on my new credit card – the red bank can kiss me goodbye, they have lost a long time client due to bad service and incompetent staff. Last straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak.

Now to check the Xmas specials pages (we don’t have a Black Friday) and choose a model.

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For lack of a better title: Here is a DIY project for you. I saw it in a magazine a few months back, and was inspired to make my own. Also one of the challenges at Up For It.

(Please excuse the bad quality pics, I took them at night cause that’s my me-time, when everyone else is in bed 8) )

I don’t want to tack my received postcards to a notice board. When you remove the card to read the back and then have to re-tack it to the board, it will eventually ruin the card and the board will go all spongy. This method you make grid of ribbon on a notice board, and slide the cards between the trellis formed.

You will need (see below list for more elaborate explanation):

  1. 1 Notice Board
  2. Ribbon
  3. Scissors
  4. Thumb tacks

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