DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Partycomments (30) May 15th, 2016
Picnic by the Sea: Make a paper branch coral-shaped napkin ring
In summer, one of my favorite pastimes is dining al fresco with friends. Be it near the shore, on a neighbor's patio, or on a New York rooftop, you can never go wrong by giving your table décor a little extra attention. One of my favorite (and quickest) ways to liven up a tabletop without splurging on fresh flowers or resorting to simple tealights is to cut a free-form decorative napkin ring.
To make this branch coral napkin ring, I used an 8-1/2 x11-inch sheet of bright red paper. Canson has a great palette of colors, but any colorful paper with a little body will suffice. I try to select a paper stock that has enough heft to stand up without wilting and yet is thin enough to comfortably cut with a craft knife.
My coral measures 6-1/2 x 9 inches, but you can make yours as large or as small as you like. I prefer cutting freehand since it allows for (the inevitable) mistakes. If you prefer, you may wish to download a reference photo or two from Google Image Search. (I searched for "coral.")
Important: Be sure to leave a lobe at the base of your branch (about the size of a quarter will do) and another lobe directly above it (as indicated in the areas circled in BLUE below.) These two pieces will form the bracket with which you will attach the coral to the napkin ring.
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