I purchased 6 placemats for our table, 4 tea towels that would make 8 napkins and my ribbon. My investment was $13.00 total. Not bad for table decorations. I paid more than that for 4 red place mats, so count me happy.
When I got home, I had to decide how to decorate my place mats. I wanted something simple, not too fussy. We have white Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes that we have had for 42 years that would be perfect with these colors and complement the Americana theme. I had a stencil with stars on it that I used to make my flag banner, so I decided I would cluster some of the stars on one side of the placemat and that would be all that was needed. All it took was some ivory acrylic craft paint that I already had, a stencil brush and a little time and the place mats were done.
I had just finished a roll of paper towels to clean up some paint brushes and I stood there looking at that cardboard roll, when I thought why not? I simply cut the cardboard along the glue marks where the first towel is attached to the cardboard. The are evenly spaced and I got 7 pieces of cardboard. I used a piece the same size from an empty toilet paper roll and I had 8 potential napkin rings. Cost? Zip, zero, nada. Yes!
I simply cut a 12 inch piece of ribbon and used a hot glue gun to run a bead of glue on the inside of the tube near the top edge.
Fold your napkins however you want and slide your napkin ring down over the napkin. How easy is that? You now have place mats, napkins and rings for six place settings. Napkins will normally cost $2.99 each even in discount stores, so 50 cents per napkin is a great bargain. If you don't sew, you can use stitch witchery or fabric glue to finish your napkins. A little paint, ribbon and hot glue will finish the napkin rings and place mats. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy and the cost can't be beat!
Things to Remember:
“Life is the greatest bargain - we get it for nothing." Yiddish Proverb