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A few weeks ago I started making {another} a list with some crafts I want to attempt. These washer necklaces are one of the items.

Follow the complete tutorial from Not So Idle Hands.

Amelia loves wearing her washer necklace.

While visiting on the farm about a month ago, I mentioned that I want to get some of these letter stamp sets – Father-in-law said that he still has his old set that they used to ID the sheep. Henk tried to convince me that they actually stamped the sheep’s ears {I’m not THAT gullible} – Dad used to stamp little metal tags which were attached to the sheep’s ears.

The letters are a bit bigger that the size mentioned in the tutorial, but free is free right! Henk brought me some washers from work and I set off hammering. The hammer I got was obviously too small {Henk snickering at it didn’t help much}, so my first attempt was for Amelia and as you can see in the image, the letters aren’t very deep so the ink doesn’t stick in the groove.

Next stop was at Henk’s work where he gave me a some space at a workbench, a 4 pound hammer, and a practice bit of sheet metal. {darling} I found their stash of washers too – wish my kitchen was as organised as their stores.

I struggled a bit holding the letter and hitting it with one hard, swift blow and NOT hitting my fingers; so Henk lent me a shifting spanner as well to hold the letters with. Having the right tools worked a lot better, even though  it came out upside down ūüėČ

I made some for Amelia’s friends and cousins, as well as a few non-personal ones.

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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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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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