Fall and Thanksgiving are great times to get together and celebrate around the table. Adding a bit of pizzazz to your table setting is a fun way to decorate for that special occasion. By making these beautiful and easy DIY acorn napkin rings, you can really dress up your table with little effort!
How to Make These Handmade Acorn Napkin Rings
These napkin rings are made from just a few simple items and held together with a bit of hot glue. Although they look fancy in the pictures, these acorn accents are budget friendly and really easy to assemble, making them a great addition to any table on any budget!
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What Materials Will You Need
The supply list for this craft is pretty short. If you don't have the tools on hand, they are pretty common and easy to pick up at either a craft store or online.
- Wired Jute Cord (I found these at the local dollar store, but you can also order them online)
- Acorns (these can be foraged and must be cleaned and baked before use - much like pine cones. They are also available online)
- Gold Paint (I used spray paint for this tutorial)
- Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
- Wire Cutters
Prepping the Acorns
If you are foraging your acorns, you must clean and bake them before use. Acorns can have bugs, mold and mildew in them, baking the acorns kills everything. Follow this guide and treat these acorns just like pine cones to prepare them for use.
Also, be sure to glue the acorn caps to the acorns, otherwise, they can pop off easily.
Wrapping the Jute Cord
The first step in making the napkin rings is to wrap the jute cord into a ring shape, about 4 times over. Napkin rings are usually about 2 inches in diameter. Although this doesn't have to be exact, do your best to make 2 inch rings.
Wired jute cord is a great option because it's easy to work with and holds it's shape. Once you have 3-4 circles made, wrap the end of the jute cord around the rings to hold them together. Be sure to do this tightly as you don't want the rings to come apart. Use the wire cutters to cut the jute cord.
Painting the Acorns and The Jute Cord
The next step to creating these beautiful napkin rings is painting. You can use any permanent metallic paint to get these painted. However, for this tutorial, I used gold metallic spray paint.
I spray painted the acorns and the jute cord on both sides with two coats of paint. This step took the longest as you have to make sure the paint is completely dry before touching the acorns or jute cord.
While the spray paint was drying and still a little tacky, I used my fingers to lay down any fly-aways on the jute cord. This gave a much more put-together finish than if I had left them hanging. You can also choose to cut them off with scissors.
Gluing The Pieces Together
This is the easiest part, simply heat up your hot glue gun and glue the acorns onto the jute cord rings. I glue the acorns right where the jute wire is wrapped around the rings. The hot glue helps keep the rings remain tight and covers up the bulkiest part of the ring.
These rings would look cute with one acorn or two! Be sure to mix and match the sizes as it is more pleasing to the eye.
Decorating with Your Acorn Napkin Rings
These handmade acorn napkin rings are beautiful, simple and easy to use. Wrap them around your napkins for the fall related dinners and special occasions. Because of their classic and subtle design, they match with any decor.
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