Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Crafting: Our Wedding Napkin Rings

I originally shared these tissue paper pom pom flowers with you in my very first Crafting post back in April. I loved them so much, I knew they would be the perfect addition to my reception table decor. A few modifications to the original design and some grapevine rings were all I needed. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create your own.

What you'll need for one 4" flower:
3 pieces of tissue paper, 9" x 4.5"
6" piece of thin wire, floral or any other type
1.5" ring (I used mini grapevine wreaths)

Stack the three sheets of tissue on top of each other. Make 3/8" accordion folds, creasing after each fold. I find it easiest to make one fold, flip it over, make the other, and repeat, so you are always folding up away from you and it's easy to see.

Fold the piece of wire in half and slip over the center of the folded tissue. Twist the bottom closed. Using sharp scissors, trim the ends of the paper into rounded or pointy shapes. I chose rounded for this one.

Separate the tissue layers, one at a time until the flower begins to take shape. You will keep the bottom flat for this project but can also puff them into a ball to use for hanging or to make a garland.

Last step is to attach them to your rings using the wire tails and snip off any excess wire. I found these inexpensive 1.5" grapevine rings at my local craft store (I have about 100 if anyone would like them!) but any ring of a similar size will do. Macrame rings also work well for this project. They come in the proper size, in both gold metal and white plastic and are very inexpensive.

You can easily modify this project in many ways to suit your needs and decor. You can make them any color you wish and even layer different colored tissue within a flower. You can also change the size of the flower by starting with larger or smaller sheets of tissue. Get creative and happy crafting!


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Very cute!

Belinda C said...

Yes...I actually bookmarked your tutorial and became a follower right then and there! I love these.

Anonymous said...

just what i was looking for my own weeding!! thank you very much, they are lovely!!!!

Brigitte said...

i would LOVE the 100 (or however many you have!) grapevine rings if you still have them!

how much are you asking for them and where can i buy some additional rings?

lillyella said...

Hey Brigitte! I DO still have them if you are interested!
I have not seen them anywhere else except my local craft store, but I can get more there for you if you need them. Email me and we can work out details:
nicole (at) lillyella (dot) com

Selina said...

Lovely work Brigitte, i tried to make something similar once. I just might try it again :)

Selina said...

I meant lillyella of course :P

English Anderson said...

I know I'm a little belated in the compliment, but absolutely adorable! I must say, I've been looking for something similar to do for our wedding reception this summer, and I definitely think I'll be able to take your idea and incorporate it into our decor. Thank you so much for posting this, you're a life savor! And will get all recognition for it, of course :)