DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Party

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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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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Score the upper lobe and fold it down so that it covers the bottom lobe. Using a craft knife, cut a single notch through both lobes from their centers down through their bottom edges. This notch is how you will attach the coral to the paper loop of the napkin ring itself.

  Fold the upper lobe down over the lower one.


branch coral paper napkin ring   Cut a small notch (approximately 1/2 inch in length).


branch coral paper napkin ring   The bracket of your coral should now look like this.

Finally, use the remaining strip of red paper (1-1/4 x11 inches) for the napkin ring proper. Glue this strip-end to end-adding a single twist to make it a Möbius strip. The single twist provides a strong vertical edge onto which you can position the notch you cut into your branch coral.

branch coral paper napkin ring   Use a strong white adhesive to glue your Mobiüs strip together, and hold it until the glue dries.

I try to make all of my napkin rings different from each other. Don't be afraid to vary the size and shape and for a slightly less formal look you can even vary the color from orange and yellow, to violet and green. Your guests will delight at your creativity (and don't be surprised if they try to take one home with them.)

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Comments (56)

Dallinlarsen55 writes: cool
Posted: 12:33 pm on October 6th
Dallinlarsen222 writes: well done
Posted: 2:05 am on September 27th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: Very nice Design
Posted: 2:14 am on September 23rd
DallinLArsen33 writes: Great
Posted: 3:08 am on September 14th
Johnychamp writes: creative
Posted: 5:57 am on September 13th
Parkevenew writes: awesome
Posted: 2:52 am on August 20th
matthewtweedie writes: Looking Lovely
Posted: 11:54 pm on August 1st
DorisNorris writes: wow i am gonna make this
Posted: 4:59 am on June 13th
Andrewlang writes: ultimate
Posted: 5:06 am on May 26th
Stewart_J writes: This cake looks so yummy ! I guess it's because of the decoration, hehe :)
Posted: 4:48 am on May 26th
JennyRichards1 writes: it is just amazing how much comfort can a piece of paper that is shaped correctly give.
Posted: 5:32 am on May 25th
jacobjohn11 writes: great
Posted: 12:14 pm on May 23rd
Kavinjose writes: very nice
Posted: 5:40 am on May 23rd
ShyamDas writes: Very beautiful
Posted: 1:38 am on May 21st
jacobgravers writes: love it
Posted: 11:57 pm on May 10th
Brunojohn writes: I love it Good
Posted: 12:23 pm on May 10th
alexaida writes: ultimate
Posted: 12:01 pm on May 9th
charlosmarcos11 writes: great work
Posted: 2:59 am on May 7th
Davidecristiana writes: its ultimate
Posted: 11:52 pm on April 28th
GeorgeHarris writes: woww perfect cake i have ever seen
Posted: 11:38 am on April 25th
Albert_Robert writes: Wow..this is really wonderful.
Posted: 11:33 am on April 20th
Carolyoung writes: love your idea
Posted: 10:46 am on January 21st
dennysmudge writes: superbb keep it up buddy
Posted: 11:56 am on January 19th
DarylLee1 writes: what a great art
Posted: 3:28 am on January 11th
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
mickysingh writes: its soooooo beautiful
Posted: 1:51 am on October 16th
ajayind writes: I Like Your Hand Cut Design
Posted: 1:57 am on October 15th
Austin_Ayword writes: great work
Posted: 1:27 am on July 6th
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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