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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Burlap Easter Napkin Rings {Pier 1 Knockoff} Bunny Ears and Butterflies

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I realize, of course, that this is a little "last minute" but these napkin rings are super simple and you can make a dozen or so in under an hour...honest.


Last month, when my Pier 1 spring catalog came, I was delighted to find these in their collection of spring and Easter table items:
Source: Pier 1

Aren't they adorable?!  I knew immediately that these cute burlap bunny ear napkin rings were going to make an appearance on my Easter Table and today, I'm showing you how to make them so that you can make them too...but there's a little bit of a problem.....


The truth is, I was delighted when the catalog came...and who wouldn't have been?! It was over a month before Easter and I had my table scape all figured out

But then, sometime in mid-February, the butterflies made their appearance. You know...the ones on the Moss wreath in my dining room....and then there were those on the Family room Mantel last month. You remember, don't you? That cute little butterfly at the tip of the bunny's nose...you saw it, didn't you!?  Well, from that moment on, I had a problem...I fell in love with butterflies.  So now, I need your opinion:


                                                               ...Bunny Ears, or Butterflies?


The process to make them is the same and you've probably got the materials on hand :  Burlap, fusible interfacing and an empty cardboard paper towel tube. You'll also need some hot glue, scissors and a pencil or marker. I happened to have a disappearing ink marker leftover from a sewing class that one of my sons took. And yes, I did say son.


First, cut two pieces of burlap that are approximately the same size.  Insert a sheet of fusible web between them and follow the directions to fuse the two pieces into one.



In case you're not familiar with it, fusible web is a paper backed adhesive that you iron onto fabric when you want to adhere it to another fabric. Some people use it when the applique, I use it to keep burlap from fraying when I want to make it into small shapes. The result is a nice, thick, piece of burlap that will stay together when you cut it.



Next, cut a slit down the length of the cardboard tube. Flatten the tube slightly and cut it into strips that are approximately 1 inch wide.  One paper towel tube made ten strips.


Wrap each strip in a piece of burlap making the seam in the middle of what will become the "inside" of the tube.



Gently roll the strip back into a circle, trim one end of the burlap even with the tube and allow the other end to overhang by about 1/2 inch.  Tuck the trimmed end into the overhang and hot glue in place.



Simple enough so far, right?! Well, this is where the choice comes in: Cut either one butterfly or one pair of bunny ears....or, if you're like me and you can't make up your mind, make some of each.


To make the butterflies: Cut a butterfly shape from card stock. Using a marker, trace the butterfly onto the burlap and cut it out. Using wire or a pipe cleaner, form a "body" and  antennae.


 On the "top" of the butterfly, make a line of hot glue in the center of the butterfly, lay the wire in the glue and bend the wings upward slightly.  Glue the butterfly to the burlap covered ring.


Add some pearls or beads to the body...add sequins to the wings...or not.


For the bunny ears: Cut an "ear shape" from card stock. Trace two ears onto the burlap and cut them out.


Make a fold in the center of the the bottom of the ear.  Make a 1/2 inch long line of hot glue that goes from the bottom toward the top. Fold and pinch the ear until the glue cools. This makes your ears two dimensional and allows them to have a "base" to stand on when you glue them to the ring.


Glue the ears to the burlap covered ring.


    Now do you see my problem?  Do you use napkin rings?  If so, which would you choose?


I'd love to know what you think because, either way, I'm probably going to have to make a few more.

As always, if you decide to make them, I'd love to see them!

xo,
Kimberly

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