These easy-to-make ties -- satin cord trimmed with starlike dried sweetgum fruits -- are an elegant accompaniment to hemstitched napkins embellished with silver or lavender fabric paint. The "stars" are spray-painted white and attached to the cord's ends with a hot-glue gun.
Björn WallanderMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
Wash and dry napkins to remove sizing, which can cause paint to adhere poorly.
Paint napkin edges using brush. Let dry completely, 2 to 3 hours. Flip napkins, and paint other side.
Heat-set paint (ironing is the most common method) according to manufacturer's instructions.
Lightly spray-paint sweetgum fruits; let dry.
Cut cord into 12-inch lengths. Dab hot glue into openings of 2 sweetgum fruits, and insert end of a cord into each. Repeat to make additional ties. Let dry.
Wrap cords around folded napkins.
Hemstitched napkins, made of cotton or linen
Fabric paint (one 2 1/4-ounce bottle covers about 3 napkins)
White spray paint, Design Master, available at crafts stores
Dried sweetgum fruits, from Dry Nature Designs
Metallic cord, (No. 9512), width S, color 3, from Shindo