Saturday, July 5, 2014

Faux Succulent & Woven Newspaper Napkin Ring

I had a few newspaper rods left over from making this and I thought of weaving some of them into a napkin ring and placing a faux succulent on top.  Why succulents?  Succulents have become so popular because of their low maintenance requirements, unusual plant shapes and stunning colors and right now they're really hot and trendy.  So how cool would making a faux succulent with woven newspapers as a napkin ring be?   Hot and trendy and going green at the same time!!! 

Weaving five strands of newspaper rods together is easier than you think.  And I've got a very simply way to do it. 

Just glue the five rod top tips together. 

Once dry, gently separate the rods with three on one side and two on the other.

  Take the end rod from the group of three and turn it over to the two beside it and place it inside the group of two. 

Now that two group has become a three group. Take the outside rod of the new three group and fold it over to the two beside it and place it inside the group of two, making it three rods together.

Continue taking the third outside rod, folding it over to the inside two rods, making a herringbone pattern of the newspaper rods along the way. 


 How easy is this?
I measured seven and a half inches for the length of my napkin ring and glued the rods together at that point.  Once dry I cut off the ends and glued them together.

Next, I applied several coats of mod podge to strengthen and seal the paper.

Painted it green and sealed it again with glossy varnish.

Once the varnish was dry I added the faux succulent using E6000 and clips to hold in place and allowed  to dry overnight.
Love this look!


Lifelike succulents attached to a recycled woven newspaper ring brings a fresh outdoor look to any table setting.

Have you gotten on the succulents or recycling bandwagon yet?

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!



  1. That is too cute! I'm not into the succulent craze yet...I like them ok just not necessarily for decorating. I might get on it with these though. :) I like that you could use whatever you have on hand to decorate the rings with. Very cool idea.

  2. That is really pretty Gail! It looks beautiful with those purple plates.

  3. Hi and wow how pretty, I love your napkin rings Gail!

  4. Love the look of the braided newspaper. I have had succulents for years so they are not new around here, but have not tried the faux ones. Cute napkin rings.

  5. Totally on the bandwagon over here. :) LOVE this clever project! Pinning!

  6. Gail thats an amazing idea, so fresh and summery on the table. Seriously who wpould guess they were newspapers.

  7. Great DIY, thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty.

  8. Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    1. Your awesome project is being featured today at Your Designs This Time!
      Emily & Erin

  9. These are to cute!! I can't wait to give them a try! Thanks for coming over and sharing at Happiness is Homemade Link Party! Hope to see you back on Sunday!!

  10. So cute! You are so creative!

  11. So pretty. Found your guest post on A Peek Into My Paradise and followed the link. PINNED it! Come on over to my blog hop and share this? Please?
    Ducks ‘n a Row

  12. The finished product doesn't even look like paper! I will definitely be trying this myself. Stopping in from Hometalk. I would love to have you come and share with us at The Home Matters Linky party which opens every Wednesday morning. Here is the link,

  13. Love this; very nice idea! I never seem to be able to think about things like these. Thanks for linking with Home Matters Link party!

  14. so fun! these make me think garden party! We can all wear floppy hats and eat tiny cakes! The table will be totally awesome with these faux succulent napkin rings!

  15. Gorgeous! You are so crafty. I love this!

  16. Gail, your ideas are always so unique! This is so pretty and your tutorial is great.

  17. Gail, The succulents are everywhere aren't they? Making a napkin ring with them turned out really pretty! The woven newspaper was a great idea too! Love it! Pinned and shared :)

  18. Such a pretty idea, you must get so much pleasure from creating such beautiful projects. The napkin ring with the faux succulent trim is so effective. I managed to kill my succulents so I definitely should think about faux ones.

  19. I am all into succulents right now (well, me 90% of the rest of the world's population ;-) ), and these are just adorable! I'm like Kathleen, though, if I'm not killing them, my cat is, so I think I need to go the faux route, too. Lovely job, Gail!

  20. What do you do with the four strips made from a magazine page at the beginning of the project?

  21. I've had succulents in my gardens for years. They are awesome. And so is your napkin ring. I've never seen newspaper rolled then woven like that before. Great tutorial. Best wishes, Darlene


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