Make this fun napkin holder by recycling materials you may have in your own home.
Ideal for outside dining and BBQ’s as the napkins won’t blow away!
- A small wooden box, a size that is suitable for napkins (we used a strawberry box)
- Sack fabric for the inside and felt for the base,
- A ball of twine
- Wooden beads
- A shell and a small stone (one that will fit within the shell as a weight)
- Hot glue and white wood glue
- Small pliers
- Drill with a fine drill bit
- Small screwdriver
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brushes
1). Paint the outside of the box in a colour that you like. Let it dry well.
2). With the hot glue gun and string, stick 2 to 3 lines of string to the base of the box with the hot glue gun. Repeat this process on the upper part of the box. Then glue the remaining string in a wavy zigzag line between the upper and lower part of the box with anchor points of glue.
3). Drill a hole in one of the corners of the box about 3cm deep.
4). Cut the sack fabric to a larger square than the box allowing enough fabric to cover the sides of the box, leave some extra because you can trim the excess off later.
5). Apply white wood glue to the inside base of the box. Place the fabric on the bottom of the box smoothing it out with your fingers. Stick the fabric gradually up the sides of the box. In the corners fold and glue the fabric down neatly. Glue the ends of the fabric over the corners of the box, mark the hole with the screwdriver to pierce the fabric. Let it dry well.
6). Cut a length of wire large enough to make an arch from one corner of the box to the centre of the napkins. Fold one end of the wire with the pliers to form a “U”, thread on a small bead to create a type of knot. Make a small hole in the top of the shell with the drill, the best way is to put the shell upside down. Pass the wire with the bead on it though the shell, put a large blob of hot glue on the inside of the shell and insert the stone on top to form the weight, be very careful not to burn yourself. Thread on the first wooden bead onto the wire and stick it to the shell with hot glue. Thread the rest of the beads onto the wire, leaving free about 4cm at the end and bend over the tip of the wire with the pliers.
7). Fill the corner hole with hot glue and insert the wire inside through the fabric. To secure the arch further add a little more hot glue under the first bead so it sticks to the corner of the box.
8). Trim off any excess fabric and fray the edges of the sack material. With a pencil, mark the shape of the box onto the piece of felt, cut out and stick to the base with white glue, put to one side to dry.
You can also apply this technique to larger boxes; they are perfect containers for fruit in the kitchen or to organize cosmetics in the bathroom and also as an economic and ecological gift for your friends.
So there you are; the result is a very original napkin holder and there will never be two the same, because in the end the finished decoration depends solely on you.
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