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Floral Glass-Bead Napkin Rings

These napkin rings are just the botanical bling your spring table needs. And they come together with ease and elegance, thanks to two unexpected resources: inexpensive Czech glass, which is commonly used to make ornate chandeliers, and good old crafts-store glass beads.

a set of napkins with floral beads cinched in the middle

Photography: Trevor Tondro

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2020

Introduction

Use gold wire to shape rings, then twist on the "leaves" and "berries." Just like that, you've propagated your new favorite perennials. Once you've finished your craft, use it to decorate your favorite napkins—we like West Elm Belgian Flax Linen Napkins ($36 for 4, westelm.com).

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of spring decorating ideas and Easter table crafts and favors.

materials

  • Gold-colored wire (Bead Landing 18-gauge gold wire, $6.50 for 10 yd., michaels.com)

  • Leaf-shaped Czech-glass chandelier beads, in pink and green (Chandelier Parts Prewired Czech-Glass Leaves, 18 by 13 mm, in Frosted Emerald and Pink, $4 for 6, chandelierparts.com)

  • Glass berry beads, in pink and green (Lollipop Bead Shoppe Berry Beads, 18 mm, in Pink Pearl and Pale Mint Green, from $3.75 for 6, lollipopbeadshoppe.etsy.com; iCreating Candy Hollow Lampwork Glass Beads, from 75¢ each, icreating.etsy.com)

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

steps

  1. Shape a 7-inch piece of gold wire into a ring. The chandelier beads come prestrung on lengths of thin gold-colored wire; twist two sprigs of them together, then wrap their wires onto ring to secure.

  2. Thread a berry bead onto a 2-inch piece of wire. Add a dot of hot glue to berry bead to secure to wire. Nestle into center of leaf beads; twist wire to secure. Repeat, adding as many berries as desired.

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