When July 4th rolls around, many of us like to have dinners and parties with fun decorations and themed tableware. There are loads of great ideas on Pinterest to inspire you for red, white and blue creations – from bunting to table runners. Here’s a great DIY for napkin rings made with beads and safety pins!
To make these fourth of July napkin rings you’ll need the following materials:
- Safety pins – Ours are 20mm, but any size will work. We used 15 safety pins for one napkin ring, but you could add more if you want a bigger ring.
- Elastic (check that it fits through the safety pin holes and spacer beads)
- Scissors (not pictured)
- Seed beads in red, white and blue – We used sizes 11/0 and 6/0
- Extra beads for embellishments – We added silver ball beads to match the safety pins and popped some stars in as a cute addition.
Use the size 11/0 seed beads to create your designs on the safety pin legs. Remember to leave some space to close the pin again! We chose to alternate red and white to make stripes and also used blue beads and silver stars to complete the flag look.
You will need 3 sets of 5 (pictured) to create the same design. Feel free to change things up to suit your own personal tastes.
Cut a piece of elastic about 6 inches, or more if you like to have longer lengths to make knots and start threading your funky pins and spacer beads.
Once your design is threaded onto the elastic, cut another piece of the same length and thread it through the other end of your safety pins – adding in your spacer beads. We matched the top color to the bottom color but flipped the silver spacer with the 6/0 seed bead.
Be careful not to pull your elastic out from the top accidentally!
Tie knots in both rows, pull taught so as not to leave any slack, but make sure you leave some stretch and trim off any excess elastic. Try to get the knots on the inside of the ring and pull them into a nearby bead to hide any loose ends.
Admire your handiwork and then make however many you need for your own July 4th celebrations.
This DIY is super great because you can change up the scale and make larger napkin rings or even a bracelet, or a ring for your finger! Try using more safety pins and leaving out the spacer beads for a more ‘dense’ design. This is such an easy make to adapt to suit your own personal style, so have fun and don’t forget to share your own creations with us on Twitter and Facebook.