DIY Summer Napkin Rings

A few months ago Liz found a great tutorial on The Sweetest Occasion making colorblock napkin rings from shower hooks and embroidery thread. The final version (below) turned out amazing, so Liz has been wanting to try this DIY project (pretty much since the moment she saw the tutorial)…

Well she finally got around to it! She decided to go with summery Fourth of July colors, making a couple of napkin rings red and white and a couple of rings navy blue and white. And yes those ARE the clear shower rings from Target that cost about $1.20 for a 12-pack!

The only bad thing about the shower rings are that they’re not perfectly round — there’s a groove at the connection. This would’ve driven Liz crazy, so she went ahead and glued a thin strip of paper around the ring to smooth things out. Seemed to work out pretty well!

She then hot glued the end of both the red and white embroidery thread to the inside of the shower ring and started wrapping the red thread around the ring (keeping the white thread underneath). She switched back and forth between the thread colors at different intervals and then hot glued the ends of the thread once the ring was fully wrapped.

I have to say that the rings turned out awesome!

Liz had to stop after two rings (these things are a little bit trickier than they look!)… But there are many more on the way, I’m sure :)

Anyways, hope you have a good week!

-Charlie

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Top Ten – DIY Fourth of July Wreaths

How is the Fourth of July only a couple of weeks away already?! In preparation for one of my favorite holidays (my birthday’s only a week and a half after Independence Day!), today’s post will give you some great ideas for DIY Fourth of July wreaths.

10.) Burlap and Denim Wreath. I love all of the ruffles on this wreath from The Scrap Shoppe!

9.) Red Hots Wreath. Who would have thought to use candy for a wreath?! This wreath made of Red Hots from Tatertots & Jello is awesome.

8.) Coffee Filter USA Wreath. Such a sweet (and neutral!) wreath from A Little Crafting.

7.) Paper Medallion Wreath. I’m not sure if Liz and Tom would have the patience to make these scrapbook paper medallions, but if they did, they’d follow this wreath’s plans from Shelterness.

6.) Twizzler Bite Wreath. Another amazing candy wreath, this time from Fit Crafty Stylish & Happy.

5.) Yarn Wreath. I love yarn wreaths (including this one from Nap Time Crafting) — every time I see one I wonder how long it took to string the yarn around the wreath hundreds of times :)

4.) Yarn and Felt Wreath. A slight variation to the usual yarn wreath (add felt!), found on Keepin It Thrifty.

3.) Star Wreath. I had to include this classic look from Better Homes and Gardens. It would be so easy to just add a metal star to a regular wreath using ribbon!

2.) Bean Wreath. I love everything about this DIY wreath from Delia Creates

1.) Felt and Ribbon Wreath. If Liz and Tom don’t have the patience to make scrapbook paper medallions for wreath #7, then they DEFINITELY don’t have the patience to cut all of the felt stars for this wreath from Nap Time Crafting. It’s just so cute though!

Hope you enjoyed this list and are getting as excited for the Fourth of July as I am :)

-Charlie

Stars and Stripes

Happy Flag Day everyone! In honor of Flag Day, I thought I’d share some ideas  for incorporating stars and stripes into home decor… I don’t think Liz and Tom would ever go too wild and crazy with the flag decor. Any thoughts on the gigaaaantic American flag curtain below?!

There are some pretty sweet ways to add more subtle stars though…

Or stripes!

Okay, okay, I know those last two weren’t red and white striped, but the table runner and shower curtain were too cute not to include :)

{Sources: HomeGoods, Beautiful Habitat, Pottery Barn, Hudson Goods, Design Manifest, Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Be Colorful, Brittany Makes, Stillwater Story, Perfectly Imperfect, Habitat}

Hope you had a good day!

-Charlie