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Faux-Porcelain Bird Branch

These faux-porcelain bird-branch napkin rings, place cards, and pins make a perfect handmade gift.




  • Small branch or twig
  • Small artificial flower
  • Small artificial birds
  • Sturdy scissors or pruners
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • All-purpose sewing thread
  • Resin and white resin pigment
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Epoxy
  • Napkin rings, place card holders, or pin backs


  1. Step 1

    Snip a piece of branch that is about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. Clip buds and any excess foliage or stems from the artificial flower.

  2. Step 2

    Paint branch and artificial flowers white.

  3. Step 3

    With a hot-glue gun, glue the artificial flower and artificial bird onto the small branch.

  4. Step 4

    Tie thread around the back of the flower or branch.

  5. Step 5

    Mix resin (hardener and epoxy) and add the white pigment according to package instructions.

  6. Step 6

    Dip the bird branch into the mixed resin (you can wear gloves for this step if you feel you need them).

  7. Step 7

    Hang the bird branch by the white thread from a sturdy rod or branch to dry. Allow to dry, undisturbed, for about 12 hours.

  8. Step 8

    The completed bird branch can be attached to napkin rings, place-card holders, or pins with hot glue or epoxy.Tip: For an extra-festive napkin ring, attach a ribbon with hot glue.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008