Papercrafting Easter: The Easter Dinner Table
We’re sharing ideas for decorating an Easter table, complete with papercrafted napkin rings, egg placeholders and a pinwheel center piece!
And, we’re sharing a bunch of other Easter papercrafting projects!
Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor Projects (check out the “Blinged-Out” Easter Egg we made)
- Celebration Decor (this post!)
- Paper Cutting & Folding (we created an ‘Explosion Box’ Easter Card and shared a step-by-step tutorial)
- Stamping (with a twist: It’s An Embroidered Hanging – stay tuned!)
- Cardmaking (super easy Papercrafting in Twenty-qualified Easter cards, complete with a giveaway!)
- And more!
Grab your notepad (and supplies!) and join us
for some quick and easy projects –
Here’s our next Easter project – a lovely Easter dinner table for six, complete with papercrafted napkin rings, egg placeholders and a pinwheel centerpiece!
I created the table decor items with a minimum of supplies and tools, almost all of which came from my stash.
To see the table decor above closer up, click on the image to enlarge it!
To see close-ups of each papercrafted item,
scroll down towards the end of this post,
just after the instructions end.
Following are the supplies & tools needed for each set of items as well as the step-by-step instructions for making them…
Napkin Rings – Supplies:
- Empty toilet paper tubes (paper towel tubes would work as well)
- Muslin, linen or burlap (I cut a long strip of muslin and simply pulled strings from the sides and ends to create the fringed edges)
- Pink paper (at least 4″ x 6″ in size for each napkin ring holder – think large scraps!)
- Dye ink pads (I used two coordinating colors)
- Buttons or other embellishments (to adorn the top of the napkin ring holder and cover the small staples holding the tube together)
- Strong Adhesive (I used and like Terrifically Tacky Tape)
Napkin Rings – Tools:
I started with these supplies, intending to use the large burlap sheet for the ring portion and the wired burlap (in the roll) for making ‘bunny ears’ on top of the ring. But, I soon changed my mind (happens almost every time!).
I eventually decided to use the muslin, and after cutting a long strip, pulled strands from the sides (and the ends after the strip was cut into pieces). Because I wanted some color on these, I decided on using ink to color the muslin (you could use colored fabric or burlap, if you prefer).
Because I wanted the napkin ring to be curled around the napkins, I chose to use empty toilet paper rolls. I love re-purposing!
You could use other thin, soft cardboard, but you risk having the rings turn out more square since it’s a bit hard to curve cardboard without it creasing (and if that’s what you prefer, awesome!).
I cut each tube vertically, then cut the opened tube in half in the other direction (which left me with two rolled halves, split down the middle).
I then centered the opened cardboard ring on the muslin and cut the length of the muslin so there was an overhang on each end that was just about equal to the overhang on each side.
I then applied strong adhesive to the back of the curved cardboard roll (you want to take advantage of the natural curve!).
I then turned the cardboard roll over and adhered it to the muslin strip, making sure to press it down well on all edges.
Next I inked the muslin with the first color (on the side of the muslin that would be on the outside of the napkin ring) – I used a pink ink.
Note: See that rectangular shape outline above and below? That’s where the cardboard is attached to the backside of the muslin. If you don’t like that look, simply do the inking before attaching the cardboard to the other side.
Then, I repeated the inking process with a second color, a purplish-pink that coordinated with the first ink color.
Now it was time to close the circle and create the ring – I used the Tiny Attacher to attach the two sides, placing three staples evenly spaced along the matched edges and overlapping the muslin edges before stapling.
This is what the inside of the stapled ring looked like – not good!
I didn’t like seeing the cardboard tube inside and the muslin edge looked too ragged.
So, as we often do in papercrafting, I changed my strategy!
I decided I needed to cover the bare cardboard (but only the side that would show once the ring was stapled) before attaching the cardboard to the muslin strip.
I cut a piece of thin, pink cardstock just slightly larger than my next cardboard piece and adhered it to the “inner” side of the cardboard, and then added adhesive to what would be the “outer” side of the cardboard, the side that needed to be attached to the muslin strip.
I then attached the covered cardboard strip to the muslin strip.
Now when you look at the inside of the napkin ring, it looks finished (and the muslin edge on the inside was trimmed so that looks less raggedy!).
Since the small staples showed on the outside of the napkin ring, I hot-glued buttons over them – easy, peasy cover-up!
You could use any embellishment you desire (or have on hand), or add bunny ears as I had initially intended to do.
See that crease in the pink cardstock on the inside of the first ring?
That happened because I didn’t press the cardstock to the cardboard firmly enough before attaching it to the muslin and it buckled as I rolled the two sides together to staple them.
Don’t be me!
OK, on to the next project, a quickie!
Egg Placeholders – Supplies (no tools required!):
- Dyed eggs (these can be plastic or papermache or real)
- Alphabet stickers
Step One (and the only step!):
Here we’re just placing a letter sticker (the first letter of the guest’s name) on a dyed egg that will sit at their placesetting – quick and easy placeholders!
Invade your stash of letter/alpha stickers, or grab your stamps and dye inks, and stick or stamp their initial once, or many times!
And now for our last project, but probably my favorite of the bunch!
Pinwheel Centerpiece – Supplies:
- Two Colors of Coordinating Patterned Papers (more if your papers are single-sided and you want the insides or outsides of the pinwheels to not be white)
- WRMK Pinwheel Attachments (I used the grey attachments I had on hand, but WRMK now has several more color options; or, you could paint, ink or cover any of the color options to make them whatever color you need!)
- Double-sided adhesive (I used and like Terrifically Tacky Tape)
Pinwheel Centerpiece – Tools:
As you can see, very few supplies are needed for these pinwheels, when you’re using the WRMK Pinwheel Punch Board (can you tell I’m a fan?!).
I assembled the board and Pinwheel Attachments and some patterned papers.
Since my papers were single-sided, and I didn’t want the white side to show on the inside or outside of the pinwheels, I chose papers that could back each other and look nice.
The two patterns you see above are what I used for the insides and outsides of some of the pinwheels.
I later decided that I wanted to add additional patterned pinwheels to the centerpiece so I chose two more coordinating patterned papers (also single-sided and which would also be adhered to each other). See those papers below.
First I cut my papers down to the appropriate sizes for the size pinwheels I wanted to create.
I wanted two different-sized pinwheels in my arrangement so my papers are cut to two different sizes.
The Pinwheel Punch Board comes with a chart that shows you what size to cut your papers for the finished pinwheel sizes – I slid the chart into a trimmed page protector and taped mine to the bottom of my punchboard so it’s always handy!
I then adhered the backsides of two different patterned papers (of the same size) to each other using thin double-sided adhesive.
Since you’ll be punching the corners of each pair of papers, and drawing the cutting blade through them, you want to use very thin adhesive so you don’t gum up your punch or the cutting blade.
I then punched each patterned-paper stack’s corner.
I placed each stack, one by one, under the lifting arm and in the correct position for being cut.
I then slid the blade, followed by rotating the stack, followed by again sliding the blade and again rotating the stack until all four pinwheel arms had been created.
To see how this process is done, be sure to check out our recent review of the WRMK Pinwheel Punch Board – it’s an easy tool to use and received a very positive review!
Now I had all my punched and cut pieces ready for assembly.
To assemble each pinwheel, simply grab a post and the three plastic pieces and assemble them, then slide a punched and cut stack onto the spinning arm, one pinwheel arm at a time.
Lock them in place with the small plastic disc that comes with the attachments sets.
Again, to see exactly how this is done, refer to our recent review, linked just above.
Here’s what my finished pinwheels look like:
And now, the finished table decor, in place…
(Click on any image to see it enlarged)
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give these quick and easy projects a try for your Easter table, or other occasion?
You don’t have to create exactly as I’ve shown here – you could use different colors or embellishments for any or all of the above.
Throwing a party? These ideas could come in handy!
Crash Your Stash!
This is a great way to use up papers and embellishments (and maybe even justify buying that awesome Pinwheel Punch Board! ;)).
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own versions!
And then, of course, share it with us!
We hope you’ll give these super simple papercrafting projects a try and share ours with your pals.
And, share what you make with us by linking to it in the comments – share and tell!
We’d love to see what YOU created for Easter!
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