I am so pleased to share a DIY Christmas gift idea from the talented Erin Souder of the blog House of Earnest. In the winter issue of Delighted (see page 49) she gives step-by-step instructions for creating faux bois napkin rings which are not only useful but oh-so pretty!
Oven Bake Clay
Rubber Wood Grain Stamp
Each block of clay makes four napkin rings. Start by cutting the block into four pieces and rolling each piece out on a non-stick silicone baking mat. Roll each piece into a strip approximately 5 inches by 2 inches. Transfer the strips to a self healing mat or cutting board to cut each one to a 4 inch by 1.5 inch rectangle.
Transfer back to the non-stick mat to apply the faux bois effect. Stamp each rectangle with your wood grain stamp. Carefully peel the clay from the mat and loop the strip into a ring. Press the ends together and carefully place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 275-degrees, ensuring that the rings go into the oven just as you'd like them to come out.
As soon as they come out of the oven, they'll still be a little playable, so be careful not to squish them. After the rings have cooled, they'll be fully hardened and ready to give. Pair the napkin rings with a set of cloth napkins and you're all set for giving!
Tutorial and Photos courtesy of Erin Souder, House of Earnest