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MAKE: Butterfly Napkin Rings

by Laura Howard of http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com

A pretty paper crafting project – decorate your table with butterflies! Perfect for tea parties, spring birthdays or even DIY weddings.

You will need:

The butterfly pattern provided Lightweight white card (thin enough to curve easily, mine was 160gsm) Assorted pieces of card in bright spring colours Scrap cardboard (e.g. from a cereal box) Scissors A ruler A sharp pencil and an eraser Double sided sticky tape Craft glue (suitable for gluing paper)

To make the napkin rings:

1.

2. First you need to make a

butterfly template. Print out the pattern provided and carefully cut it out. Glue the butterfly to a piece of scrap card (from a cereal box or similar), wait until it’s completely dry and then cut it out again. You’ve now got a template you can use to draw lots of butterflies.

Cut out one butterfly from

bright card for each napkin ring. I used three colours for a mix and match look.

3. Using a ruler and a sharp

pencil divide your lightweight white card into strips 1 inch wide. These will become the “ring” around your napkins, so it’s a good idea to make a test strip on some paper first to check the rings are the correct size for your napkins – remember that you need to include enough overlap for your double sided sticky tape. Cut out all the strips and trim them to the length you need (I cut my strips to be 6 inches long).

4. Use an eraser to rub out any

pencil marks from your butterflies and card strips.

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