Welcome to the 315th Metamorphosis Monday!
Last year I saw these cute burlap bunny-ear napkin rings in a cataglog. Ummm, that started the wheels a-turning. I saved the picture to my computer thinking I might try to DIY them some day.
With spring just 5-6 weeks away, I decided to start working on them now so they will be ready for a spring or Easter tablescape.
I already had more than enough burlap fabric, purchased for another project I never got around to doing. The only other thing needed for this project was some strong fabric glue and an empty tissue roll. I already had the glue so I didn’t need to purchase anything for this Easter craft. BTW, I really love this Fabri-Tac glue. It can be a tad stringy to work with but it dries quickly and is super strong, all of which more than makes up for the occasional stringiness. It beats the heck out of burning my fingers on a glue gun!
To make burlap bunny napkin rings, I made a cardboard template for my bunny ears, cut out two burlap ears using the template, then glued them together with the Fabri-Tac glue. My ears/template ended up being 4-1/4 inches long, including the long stem at the bottom and 1-5/8 inches across at the widest part of the ear.
To glue them together, I ran a tiny bead of the fabric glue around the outer edge. The burlap fabric I have is pretty course which was great for giving the bunny ears some stiffness. Using two pieces of burlap and gluing it around the outer edge gave the bunny ears even more substance and the glue helped to seal the edges of the burlap to prevent any unraveling.
If you’ve been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I made Starfish Napkin Rings a couple of years ago?
Those were made from tissue rolls, too. To make those, I cut off 1-1/4 inch sections of the tissue roll to use as the base of the napkin ring. I did the same thing again this time. You’ll find the tutorial for the starfish napkin rings here: Starfish Napkin Rings for Summer Dining
Next I cut a piece of burlap fabric to fit my tissue roll. The size that worked for the tissue roll I had measured approximately 5 3/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches. Using my fabric glue, I glued the burlap onto the ring and wrapped it all the way around the outer circumference of the ring.
Then I ran a bead of glue inside the napkin ring, all the way around the inside center. Then I just folded the edges of the burlap over. My edges matched up to each other exactly since I had pre-measured what I thought I’d need. If the burlap overlaps a little inside when you make these, don’t worry about it, it will be fine.
The glue again dried very quickly. Next, using scissors, I cut a small slit in the burlap running across the top of the napkin ring. An x-acto/craft knife would probably work well for this, too.
Remember that long skinny end on the bottom of my burlap bunny ears? I tucked that long end inside the slit I had made. The first one went in very easily. I used a metal fingernail file to gently lift up the burlap to slide the second one underneath. You can add a drop of glue on the bottom end of the ears before inserting them under the burlap, if you like, but I didn’t use any glue and the ears stayed in place with no problem.
When I tucked the end of the ear up under the burlap, I stuck one end underneath going to the left and tucked the other ear up under the other side, going toward the right. If you had x-ray vision, you would see the long ends of the ears running along the top of the napkin ring in opposite directions underneath the burlap fabric. If you look closely, you can see a little lump under the burlap where the ends of the ears are hidden.
I wanted to dress up my bunny ear napkin ring a bit so I added a tiny decorative flower to the top. For another variation, before cutting the slit for the ears, you could run a thin piece of lace all the way around the ring, gluing it on with the fabric glue. Then you would just cut the slit through the lace and burlap fabric to insert the ears.
Here’s how they look in a little impromptu place setting.
Wouldn’t it be cute to make little hats to place on top, then the ears could be sticking out through the hats. I didn’t try it with this first set of ears, but you could bend the top of one ear down if you wanted one ear to be flopped over a little.
There are so many different ways you could design your burlap bunny-ear napkin rings. You’re only limited by your imagination.
I noticed Pottery Barn had them for this year and even though Easter is still two months away, they are already sold out online. These ears would also be easy to make, although it would involve a little sewing. You could just cut out the ears, stitch ’em together leaving the ends open, turn them inside out , tuck in the open ends, and glue the ends to the burlap ring with fabric glue. You would need some pretty flexible, soft burlap or heavy linen fabric to make these.
It’s still a little early, but I wanted to share this tutorial now so you would have plenty of time to make these bunny ear napkin rings for your spring or Easter table settings. I think you’ll find them super easy to make but let me know if you have any questions. I’m
hoppy happy to help. 😉
Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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