Pop, Boom, Pow: DIY Firework Napkin Rings

We're getting closer to 4th of July fun! My 4th of July weekend usually includes at least one meal of grilling out whether it's at home or a cabin! Even if you're on the road for the 4th, it doesn't mean you can't bring some festive items with you to jazz up any outdoor meal.

Adding just a few elements to the patio table can make a big impact. Napkin rings are one of my favorite ways to bring a little holiday flare to a table setting. I've often picked up seasonal napkin rings at the Target dollar spot or at on clearance, but getting in-season table items can get expensive! In brainstorming what I might be able to use to create my own patriotic napkin rings, I remembered the adorable way one of my bridesmaids used corks at my wine-themed bridal shower last year.

The crafty wheels got turning and I thought corks would make the perfect base for a firework napkin ring!

 
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What You Need

  • Wine Corks

  • Ribbon (at least 2 inches wide)

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • Scissors

  • Wire cutter

  • Jewelry Wire

  • Blue Star Stickers or other embellishment

  • Twine 

 
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First, decide on the number of napkin rings you'd like to make. I decided to make a set of six. I used corks I had around from my own wine drinking. If you do the same, make sure to select corks without significant damage from the corkscrew. You'll want the sides to be smooth. You can also purchase corks from your local craft store or on Amazon.

Once you have your corks, measure out your selected ribbon. I used a 3 inch red and white striped spool that I grabbed on clearance for $2 at Michaels. I wrapped it around the cork to estimate length and then cut the width of the ribbon down to fit the size of the cork.

Next, a little hot glue secured the ribbon to the cork.

Once the corks were dry (took only a few minutes), I started to create the "fireworks" using jewelry wire. Using a pencil, I wrapped 20 gauge jewelry wire to create the coils and pushed the ends into the cork. If you have trouble getting the wire in, you can use a small drill bit or screwdriver to pre-create a little starter hole. More dramatic coils can be achieved by increasing the gauge size of the wire.

To finish off the fireworks, I added blue star stickers that I picked up in a pack at the dollar store.

For the final step, you'll need to take them from firework to napkin ring! The corks can be secured to metal or wood napkin rings, but I decided to just use some jute twine I had around the house. Cut 8 inch strands of twine and secure a single strand to the back of the cork with a dot of hot glue.

 
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Roll up linen or paper napkins and tie on the rings!

 
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Pairing these with your standard dinner plates and some fun seasonal paper plates makes for a fun and easy 4th of July patio table! Check out my latest post for more tips on setting your patio table for the holiday!