More often than not, napkins and utensils are the outcasts at the baby shower – lonely and neglected, huddled together on the corner of the food table all the while just wanting to be a part of all the excitement!
Today, I’m going to show you FIVE quick and fun ways to bring the napkins and utensils into the heart of the shower by showing you ways to dress them up. Once dressed up and laid out on the tables, the napkins and utensils will not only become one less thing for people to carry as they go through the food line, but they also become a part of your table decor.
There are several things I did for every one of my examples below:
- I printed on regular computer paper using my printer’s best print option
- I used scissors or a paper cutter
- I used an adhesive tape runner to secure everything
Let’s get started!
First, we have a simple band of patterned paper wrapped around the napkin with the utensils tucked into the band.
Print full sheets of paper. I used a paper from Wishing Well Creations’ And Many More..Paper pack. Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut strips. Wrap a strip of the patterned paper around the napkin and overlap in the back. Leave a little slack in the paper wrap so the plastic utensils slip beneath it.
Our second example is a little variation on the first. For this one, I printed full sheets of patterned papers from Quirky Twerp’s Vita Fortunata paper pack.
Folding a square napkin in half and crease it. Open the fold you just created so that the napkin is square again. Fold the left edge of the napkin in to the center fold mark. Repeat on the right side. Fold this in half on the center fold.
Wrap the bands of paper around napkin – be sure to keep the squared off look. Secure where band overlaps. The overlap is on the front. You can leave this as is or add a button for a special touch.
I used a Stampin’ Up! button die to create coordinating paper buttons for my sample. A little floss or thread in the center of each makes it more realistic.
Having an animal themed baby shower? Then this one is for you!!! For this one, I used Wild Child: Animal Prints paper pack by Elise’s Pieces Designs.
To create these fun napkins rings, print full sheets of each paper. You can use scissors or a paper cutter to cut the strips. Roll the utensils in the napkin, wrap with a strip of animal print paper and secure.
Purchase a skein of light tan/sand colored fun fur. Cut an 8 inch length. Wrap this around the animal print band and tie in the front.
I’m going to say right now that I think the next example is my favorite! I used Danielle Engebretson’s Memoir: The Papers. Doesn’t this make for a fun non-traditional color theme???
Again, print full sheets of the papers – I printed sheets of the floral paper and the solid blue and orange papers. Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut the strips. Roll the utensils in the napkin, wrap with a strip of the floral paper and secure.
Use a die (or punch!) to create decorative flowers. Add a gem or flat back pearl to the center of each of the flowers. Secure to the band of floral paper.
And last, but not least, is an example that takes a little more time but it’s still fairly easy to do! Start off with Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Pillow Box Template Set and Cutting Files.
Design what will be the front – I used the following from The Digichick shop:
- a paper from Amanda Heimann’s Spring Fling kit
- the baby carriage from TK Whimsy’s Doodle Stamps Part 6
- TK Whimsy’s TKSmiley Font
I did not print the top flaps of the pillow box template.
Assemble the pillow box. Slip the napkin and utensils in the box.
And there you go – a few quick and easy ways to dress up your napkins, utensils and shower tables!
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- Card Caravan Challenge #36 – Winter - January 20th, 2013
- Simon Says… use this template! - January 16th, 2013
- Card Caravan Challenge #35 - Negative Space - January 6th, 2013