I was out doing some Christmas shopping at Pier 1 the other day and I came across some cute little jingle bell napkin rings. I stood beside the little bowl of them and jingled one in my hand and they seemed so festive, I just had to have them! Until I looked at the price – $5.95 each! Yikes! I’m not paying that for one napkin ring!
So I inspected one carefully and made it my mission to make my own. My first stop was the trusty dollar store, where I found metal wire and multi-coloured tiny jingle bells in red, green and gold. And then I continued on to Michael’s where I got the silver jingle bells.
I racked my brain for what I could possibly use for the metal loop part of the napkin ring. I considered just using wire and wrapping it around a paper towel roll, but that didn’t seem classy enough. Shower curtain hooks were slightly too big. But then I thought of curtain rings! I checked the drapery section at Walmart and found the most perfect rings for my jingle bell napkin rings! About $6 for 7. Perfect!
I used needle nosed pliers to take the clip off the curtain ring.
Then I looped the metal wire around the ring several times. I attempted to make a knot, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it work with the wire, so I just crossed my wire loops to make it stick.
I threaded 6 jingle bells at a time onto the wire and then wound the the wire around the ring 3 times to keep them in place.
I continued the process of threading 6 jingle bells and winding the wire around the ring 3 times.
Until I had made it the whole way around.
I actually like my jingle bell napkin rings even more than the ones at Pier 1!
And they were just a fraction of the price!
And they make the coolest, most festive jingle when they move. Project success!