I've got craft ideas for you today! Yippee! This is a fun 4th of July craft that is easy to make. It will take you a little bit of time, but it is not hard at all.
This is yet another idea I borrowed from my walk through Crate & Barrel. It sure was fun to see all their ideas and come up with a few blog posts for 4th of July. I found the 4th of July Pretzels and the 4th of July Mason Jar Oatmeal cookie ideas on the same trip through the store. Thanks Crate & Barrel!
Today, I want to show you these super simple to make felt napkin rings that are perfect for the 4th of July. If you'd rather buy them, you can. They are $2.95 each: Fireworks Napkin Ring.
For those of you who want an easy and cute 4th of July craft, let's do this thing! 🙂
To make 4 napkin rings you will need:
- 2 sheets of blue stiffened felt
- 1 sheet of white stiffened felt
- 1 sheet of red stiffened felt
- Hot Glue
I made myself a handy-dandy template or pattern to make cutting these out simple, quick and uniform. You can download your template here: craft ideas.
For each napkin ring you would like to make, cut one of each size in the pattern. I was making 4, so I cut out 4 of each size and shape.
Align your circular pieces on top of each other, so you can make sure they work together and don't need some small trimming. Also, if you cut your blue (or red) circles at the same time, when you cut the slivers off in the steps below, they will line up and will look better.
To make the cuts, start by cutting the circle in fourths using small slits, not cutting all the way through.
Next, go back and cut a small slit in between each of your original four cuts. This would be cutting in eighths.
Once again go back and cut a small slit in-between each of the last small slits you made. This is cutting the sixteenths.
Now you need to create some space between the slits, so cut a small piece off of each slit. I picked one side I was going to cut a sliver off and cut off on that same side from each slit all the way around the circle. (Don't try to do these cuts at the same time like you did for the small slits.)
Layer your now cut circles. If you cut your blue or red layers at the same time in the first step, they should line up and look about the same.
Use a thin layer of hot glue to glue the layers together.
Take the rectangular strip that you cut out from the pattern and glue the ends overlapping with the hot glue.
Glue your firework (I think it looks more like a flower, but whatever) to the circular piece of felt you just glued. It will look best if you glue the firework to the part you just glued that is overlapping. That way the part with no seam will be what is noticeable when a napkin is placed in the napkin ring.
You are already done! See, I told you that was easy. I get a little bit impatient, so the cutting of everything along with cutting the slits pushed my patience level. I would have done better had I turned on a TV show and settled into do the cutting. As it was, I was running on a deadline to get this done for this post….so I was a bit impatient. Bet that never happens to you, right?
Anyway, they really aren't hard and I don't think they take an extreme amount of time. Just don't plan to work on them when you have a deadline. 😉
Perfect accompaniment to a 4th of July table and an all American meal! Bonus…they are super cheap to make. Each sheet of felt was $1. So for the amount I needed to make 4 napkin rings, it was $4. Perfect!
What do you think? Buy them or make them? Cost difference is $8.