DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Party

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Wildflowers cut from a 24x7-inch piece of white
paper transform an ordinary layer cake into an extraordinary
confection. Fasten the ends together with white glue or double-sided
Start with a 36 x 12 inch piece of white paper.
In order to give your design some visual heft, I recommend against
cutting out too much detail; keep it graphic and bold and the results
will have more impact.
These coral napkin rings will add drama to your table, a sense of
whimsy to your meal, and will give your guests something charming to
take home with them.
Wildflowers cut from a 24x7-inch piece of white
paper transform an ordinary layer cake into an extraordinary
confection. Fasten the ends together with white glue or double-sided

Wildflowers cut from a 24x7-inch piece of white paper transform an ordinary layer cake into an extraordinary confection. Fasten the ends together with white glue or double-sided tape.

Photo: Jeffery Rudell
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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.

branch coral paper napkin ring   This unexpected spray of red branch coral adds height and drama to your table for the cost of a few pieces of paper.

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.

branch coral paper napkin ring   Cut out a freehand shape, or trace a design of your liking. Be sure to leave room for your bracket (see above.)

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Comments (30)

Stewart_J writes: This cake looks so yummy ! I guess it's because of the decoration, hehe :)
Posted: 4:48 am on May 26th
finchelicious writes: Wonderful! My latest project was prettying up a whole train station! It wasn't that huge, but paper in circles and some balloons made the place gorgeous!
Posted: 5:42 am on December 15th
Anna_Bloom writes: superb
Posted: 6:06 am on July 2nd
esteph6 writes: wonderful design
Posted: 4:27 am on July 2nd
Deepak786 writes: good art work
Posted: 4:33 am on April 9th
Ashtonjames writes: awesome
Posted: 12:20 am on March 16th
elizabeth563 writes: awesome
Posted: 12:53 am on March 12th
Brettlii writes: wow its great
Posted: 2:18 am on February 28th
elizazet writes: just one word-osam
Posted: 11:04 am on January 21st
AkhilGupta writes: absolutely beautiful!
Posted: 2:28 am on December 16th
johan21 writes: wow
Posted: 4:21 am on December 9th
Lissa53 writes: love it
Posted: 6:00 am on November 14th
Sofia56 writes: wonderful
Posted: 12:07 am on November 11th
jinkarten writes: realy awesome
Posted: 5:34 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: just one word-awesome :)
Posted: 11:20 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: good share
Posted: 2:36 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: nice art work
Posted: 10:00 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: love your stuff
Posted: 1:36 pm on September 7th
montylee writes: good art work :)
Posted: 2:45 am on August 27th
Nodan writes: I think it is really very hard to cut out the flowers just with scissors. It's perfect.
Posted: 4:33 am on February 5th
sandysewin writes: Something about the simplicity of the dark on light along with the delicate designs make this stunning.

You inspire us all. We don't need complex materials, just the basics and an artist's eye (and a steady hand) can make the most wondrous of creations.
Posted: 5:55 pm on October 30th
Luvbird writes: I think this is just so beautiful & i know just the lady to show this to,{we call her Cake Queen}!!She decorates cakes for people in her Church,& family members for Weddings & such!She`ll Love this pattern so much,Thank you :)
Posted: 6:36 pm on October 26th
marksc33 writes: Every single paper project Jeffery does is better than the next!!! He definitely needs to publish a book....
Posted: 7:01 am on June 30th
ErinMichelle writes: i cannot deal with how great this is.
Posted: 11:12 pm on August 1st
Posted: 4:34 pm on July 10th
Learnernc writes: Just elegant!! Thanks for the two links in the article,too. What style!
Posted: 2:37 pm on July 3rd
paperrain writes: This is one of the best ideas I've ever seen! And I'm about to have a party, so I'm using it.
Posted: 1:10 pm on July 3rd
Softflexgirl writes: Love this!
Posted: 12:44 pm on July 3rd
memaw writes: I'm going out to buy an exacto knife! Your work is gorgeous!
Posted: 11:01 am on June 30th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!
Posted: 12:30 pm on June 19th
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