Ask Holly: Hanukkah Napkin Rings and Centerpiece

Monday, Nov 29, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Okay Baristaville, it is time to turn your back on that sad looking end cap of random Hanukkah decorations at the craft store. I am dedicating this segment of  Ask Holly to my dear friend Lauren who has been begging me for years to come up with fun, easy and foam-sticker free Hanukkah crafts for years!

Here is what you will need:

  • small craft sticks (mini popsicle sticks)
  • wooden napkin rings
  • blue metallic paint
  • silver paint
  • cool temperature glue gun (or you can use white craft glue such as Elmer’s)
  • small paintbrush
  • blue and silver super fine or tinsel glitter (using micro fine glitter will really make a difference in your results. Available at Michael’s)

Glue three craft sticks together in a triangle shape. For immediate results use a low temperature glue gun as white craft glue may take up to an hour to dry. Glue guns are very inexpensive (about $3.99) and you will find yourself using it for all kinds of things. Crafters tip: if doing this craft with small children that may not be able to make and glue a triangle do all gluing  ahead of time.

Put newspaper down before the kids start to paint! Glue the two triangles together to make a star. Let dry. Paint the star either silver or blue. Make some of the stars silver and some blue  to mix it up. Paint the napkin ring as well. Let paint dry (to expedite drying time you can use a blow drier.)

Put down new newspaper and get some plain computer paper. Brush star with a very light coat of glue all over the front of the star. Transfer the glued star to computer paper and cover with glitter. Let dry and repeat on the other side. The super fine glitter is very forgiving and picks up the light in the most beautiful way that seems to hide imperfections. Crafters tip: to re-use glitter from one star to the next just fold the paper in half and pour back into the jar or onto star on a new piece of paper. When both sides of the star are dry glue onto the middle of the napkin ring.

I also glued mono -filoment in a loop on the back of some stars and my daughter hung them on some white branches to create a centerpiece. They look lovely as they swirl and sparkle!

Questions? Just Ask Holly in the comment section.

3 Comments

  1. POSTED BY montclair1928  |  November 29, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

    These are adorable! Looking forward to what you come up with for Christmas …

  2. POSTED BY nora  |  December 01, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    Beautiful Holly!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. POSTED BY hollykorusjenkins  |  December 06, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    A childhood friend e-mailed me that she and her daughter had so much fun making these. They glued them to suction cups and put them all over the windows. Thank you for sharing that Jen!!!!!

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