No matter your skill level, here is a project that any crafter can do. You only need a few materials, and it’s something that even kids can have fun making. Use this technique to make simple beaded napkin rings, or turn these into easy DIY bracelets. Because the project is so straightforward, it’s a great opportunity to play around with color palettes!
- Containers (for dye)
- Skewers (for drying beads)
- 10mm Wood Beads (16 per napkin ring)
- Elastic Cord
- Fabric Dye
- Gather the tools and materials above.
- Dilute your fabric dye with a small amount of water and soak 1/3 of the beads in each color for about an hour. There are 16 beads per napkin ring.
- Remove the beads from the dye, blot them with a paper towel and slide them onto wood skewers. Place the skewers on top of a bowl or container to let the beads dry evenly.
- When dry, begin stringing the beads onto an 8″ piece of elastic cord.
- Continue stringing all 16 beads in order of your choosing.
- Tie off cording in a tight double knot and trim.
Each of our beaded napkin rings have 16 beads in total, and you can find a link for the exact wood beads that we used in the Shop this Project section below. For paint we used Pebeo Setacolor fabric paint in Buttercup, Emerald Green and Spring Green. You can play around with how deep you want your colors by adjusting the amount of time that you soak the beads. The beads in our photos were soaked in paint for about an hour, but you can leave them overnight to dye them more fully. Once you are finished, you can pair these DIY napkin rings with our matching brush painted linen napkins!
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