This week is our Spring Break and I’m taking a week away from blogging for some much needed family time. The past few months have been unbelievably busy and I haven’t had the time to do my usual holiday crafting & decorating so while I step away from blogging this week, I’ve scheduled some posts with tutorials for some of the table decorations we made for last year’s Easter. Today’s post is on these cute paper chain napkin rings that my girls made using nothing but some leftover scrapbook paper:
The napkin rings are made just like those chain gum wrappers you may have crafted back in high school (unless you were born after the mid 1970’s, in which case you probably have no idea what I’m talking about!). We started with several patterns of heavyweight scrapbook paper that I cut into 3″ x 1/4″ strips with my paper cutter (if you are using thin paper such as origami paper, cut the paper into 3″ x 1″ strips and fold it lengthwise twice so you end up with 3″ x 1/4″ strips). To create each link in the chain, fold the paper strip in half and then make two more folds by bringing each of the ends to the crease at the midpoint of the paper’s length:
Push the ends of the piece that you just made through the loops of the last piece on your chain:
Continue to make the folded pieces and attach them to one another in a zig zag pattern until your chain reaches its desired length (each of the napkin rings we made had 20 paper strips). When you are ready to create your ring, unfold the loops of the last piece that was added to your chain, bend your chain into a circle, and insert the two ends of the paper strip through the loops of the piece at the other end of your chain:
Finally, take each end of the unfolded paper strip and fold it down into the middle of the end piece so that it is back to its original folded shape, which closes the ring:
This is a great kids craft – it was quick and easy to do and my girls enjoyed impressing their grandparents with their craftiness when we used their napkin rings to decorate our table for Easter.
Check back in later this week for the tutorial on the birdhouse place card holders that we also made for our Easter table!