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Project

Punched "Tin" Napkin Rings

Materials

  • Utility knife
  • Aluminum tray
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Decorative edgers
  • Paper
  • Scrap wood
  • Tape
  • Nails
  • Tack hammer
  • Rolling pin
  • Pliers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use a utility knife to cut the lip from the aluminum tray. Working lengthwise, cut 2-inch-wide strips from the remaining bottom piece of the aluminum sheet. Cut the strips in half crosswise. Discard any strips embossed with the manufacturer's logo.

  2. Step 2

    Finish the edges by placing a 1 1/2-inch-wide ruler along the center of the strip. Fold the edges over the sides of the ruler. Remove the ruler and burnish with a bone folder.

  3. Step 3

    Use decorative edgers to make a paper template. Start with a piece of paper that's 1 1/4 inches wide and as long as the metal strip. Fold the paper in half, and cut along the non-folded sides with edgers. Unfold the paper. Place the paper template, backside up, onto a piece of scrap wood. Place the template over the aluminum strip, then tape the two in place on the wood. With a nail and tack hammer, tap the design into the metal, using the outline of the template as a guide. Try to keep the punch marks evenly spaced. Once you've finished punching your design, remove the template and metal strip from the scrap wood.

  4. Step 4

    Use the ruler to fold over 1/4 inch on each short end, folding one end up and the other down. Form the strip into a cylinder by wrapping it around a rolling pin and interlocking the folded ends. Fold over one more time to secure. Use a pliers to crimp the fold.

Reviews (4)

  • Anna_Marie 4 May, 2009

    hmmmm...not so much.

  • HRMBev 4 May, 2009

    Real tin might leave rough eds to snag a cloth napkin. I thought of using real tin and punching each person's name and then they can take it home as a party favor.

  • fredalee 4 May, 2009

    I agree, Portia73. Seems to be a lot of work for something that is basically "disposable". It might, however, be worth it using actual tin. Be great for the backyard barbecues.

  • Portia73 4 May, 2009

    Kind of cheap and flimsly looking in my opinion. I wouldn't even consider it.