Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TT Thursday: Spooky Napkin Ring How To

Well, it's finally October, time to pull out the wool sweaters, warm up the apple cider, and gather the pumpkins, mums, pansies and kale. Of course, there is that little day at the end of the month, too ... and with that brings the knock knock of trick-or-treaters, jackolanterns, skeletons, ghosts, goblins and ghouls. I know I'm a bit early with this one, but I wanted to make sure that you all had time to put some of these fantastic napkin rings together for any Spooky October tablescapes.

What you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun / Glue Sticks (P.S., Thank you to Dorothy who had a readily available glue gun I could borrow!)
  • Skeleton Hands (Dollar Tree)
  • Bloody Gauze (Dollar Tree) - You could certainly recreate this with a red marker, and plain pharmacy gauze
  • Two ribbons, in any color you choose
  • Flat backed jewels/crystals
  • A Cardboard towel tube (For accurate measurements)

  • These skeleton hands come in a pair, one having a set of plastic prongs that fit into the other. Cut your gauze to size (8" here) and lay it across the prong holes
  • Then use your glue gun (or borrowed glue gun) to put a dot of glue between the two holes
  • Firmly press the other skeleton hand atop the first, fitting the prongs into the holes. The glue should bond in just a few seconds
  • Then, grab your flat backed jewel/crystal and place a small dot of glue from the glue gun on the back of the gem
  • Place the gem on the top skeleton hand, and wrap the gauze through the fingers to create a nest effect for the jewel/crystal
  • Once you have wrapped the gauze around the jewel, flip the hands over
  • Cut two lengths of your choice of ribbon (8" here) and glue them both to the palm of the hand with your (or a friends) glue gun
  • Once they have firmly adhered, tie the gauze around the ribbon with a simple knot
And there you have it! Simple and fun, perfect for a Halloween inspired dinner party or get together.

You can even use them as decorative ornamentation to candle sticks, forks, knives, spoons ... you name it, and it could probably be tied to it!

You can even use different colored jewels for very unique wine trinkets! And there you have it! A set of Spooktacular Napkin Rings / Wine Glass or Candle Holder trinkets perfect for your next Ghoolish Dinner Party, a set of 5, for about $5. That is unless of course you win the drawing I'm having for these!

Leave your name in the comments and it'll sign you up! (A set of 4) Good luck, and stay tuned for more Fall themed crafts this month! (I'm feeling very "Martha" this October!) :)


  1. Hands down, those are the most unique Halloween napkin rings I have ever seen!

  2. These are really cool, Artie! Don't you just love the $ Tree? I can't blame you for feeling like you're channeling Martha right now. Everything she puts out is beautiful, and she does spectacular things for Halloween.

  3. Cool!! What a great idea and demonstration of it! I love all the "uses" you thought of for them besides napkin rings. They would really "make" a Halloween tablescape!


  4. Wow, Artie!!! Very, very creative. Love those skelton hands, you could do so much with them. Thanks for the how too. No Dollar store here, so I'll have to keep an eye out for something similar. Love your idea!

  5. Now, aren't these just so awesome.
    Very creative and fun and would look super on a H. table.
    Thanks for coming by tonight...
    xo bj

  6. OMG, those are so freaky! Perfect for Halloween. Very clever, Artie!...Christine

  7. These napkin rings are total fun! What a fabulous idea to dress up a Halloween table, which we will be celebrating for the entire month of October.
    ♥, Susan

  8. Wonderful, Artie! So creative!

    Happy October!!

  9. Those are indeed spooky napkin rings!


  10. Now aren't these just the cutest things? I love them!

  11. Spooktacular! What a creative idea! Love the tutorial. Thanks for being all sharing 'Martha' with us!

  12. You put "martha" to shame!! These are very clever - might stop at the dollar store on the way home :-)

  13. Dear 'Martha' ... way beyond a mere craft project ~ these are just lovely, colorful and unique!

  14. Wow, loving it. Great ideas and instruction. I really appreciate your effort. Thanks for stopping by. It was nice to meet you.

  15. oops, forgot to leave my name for the give away. Sue

  16. Very cute napkin rings! And oh so Marthaesque.

    Thanks for dropping by! I sure do appreciate hearing from you.

  17. Well if I was going to channel anyone it would be her!

    Those are very very cute (in a spooky way)!


  18. These are very interesting! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment! I signed up as a follower and would love it if you did the same!

  19. Spooky! And so clever. Thanks for sharing!!!

  20. Those are pretty creepy looking, but I like them.

  21. I love Dollar you can tell by almost all of my postings on my blog!! Very creative use of skeleton hands!!

  22. This is so cool!! I love it!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment. It led me to yours and I am a follower!

    Lou Cinda :)

  23. What a fun project. They look so cute, but really spooky. How fun. Hugs, Marty

  24. Artie -- how clever! They are so cute!

  25. What a fun how-to. Those bony hands look really spooky!


  26. Hi Artie...

    Thanks for stopping by my place...sure did enjoy your sweet note!

    My friend, these halloween napkin rings are adorable! Aren't you the clever one! Thanks for the "how to" instuctions!!!

    Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!

  27. Very creative! Thanks for sharing!

  28. You are so creative! I love this idea! How did it take me so long to discover your blog? Shame on me but now I am one of your followers and happily so! : )
    Thank you for stoppng my my little blog today! Isn't Fall fun?
    Now I am off to read more!

  29. Hi there -
    I have to hand it to you (he he) those are creepy! They are perfect, you're clever. I saw that bloody gauze at the $ store and wondered hmmm...who would buy that?Well, now I know!
    Great job, I esp. like the idea of using these as wine glass trinkets.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier! Hope you have a great day.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  30. How creative! They are just the right amount of creepy :) Martha would be so proud!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it.

    Happy Fall,

  31. cute idea! lovin the change in season and decor!!

  32. How creepy!!!

    It's a good idea to get started on this stuff early, so you actually get it done in time for the holiday.

    Thanks for sharing your great idea Martha.

    - The Tablescaper

  33. those are great! i bought some at the dollar tree, but I used them as a "nest" for a creepy DT crow, i may have to rethink that now! thanks for stopping by and letting me in on the giveaway!

  34. You are really creative, Artie, and the tutorial made this look so doable!! Fantastic!!

    Would like to come back and browse your blog when I have a bit more time...BTW...LOVE your playlist and music!! You Rock!!


  35. How innovative! I love them!
    And nice of you to show a step-by-step too!

    I really love your previous post too, your home is really stunning, and the vintage train cart/coffee table is my favorite! Such a unique piece!

    Great blog!
    All the best,

  36. Hi Artie,
    The ruby ring is the perfect cherry on top of this clever idea, and I'm sure Martha would be proud! I’m one who appreciates when good instructions are included with projects like this.

  37. Hi Artie, this is major league cool. I just love this. Thanks for sharing how to do it.

    Barb :-)

  38. So creative and fun...makes me smile! Skeleton napkin rings are a first for me...hope you have a wicked and haunted Halloween! Such fun ideas...thanks for visiting me and your nice comments! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

  39. Creepy and fun! Man, I wish we had a Dollar Tree here. Everyone finds such unique things there.

    We Canadians have our Thanksgiving coming up, and the I can focus on Hallowe'en. I can't wait now!

  40. You are so amazingly creative! I LOVE your blog,

  41. Thanks for dropping by and asking about the skillets!

    Little cast iron skillets came from /
    They are 3 1/2 inches ... and sometimes used as ashtrays. The cast iron is the Lodge brand ... doesn't have to be seasoned before using. When I finish baking in them, I clean them with soap and water, then spray them with Pam, so they don't rust.

  42. Thank you for visiting my new blog. I am glad you left a comment. Cute idea. You would make Martha proud!

  43. Very clever and very "boo-tiful!" :) ~Rhonda

  44. I really love those on the candlesticks! I saw a package of those skeliton hands at the Dollar Tree and wondered what I would use them for... Now I have to go back and get them.. I want to put them on a pair of black candle sticks I just got! Thanks so much for the project...

    Rainey over at the Project Table!

  45. Hi,
    Great tutorial, I'm not that crafty but if I can find my old glue gun I might give these a try.
    Thanks for visiting Normandy
    a bientot

  46. What a cool tutorial! I will have to try this! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  47. Is it wrong to say these napkin rings are "breath taking"? Love them, thank you for the tutorial. Now if you'll excuse me, I am off to get some fall/halloween decorating done, thank you for the inspiration!

  48. These are so cool! You are so creative!


  49. as always, so ingenious Artie! You're really gifted :)

    Oh & please stop by my blog (to everybody,too!) for a little giveaway!

  50. I just love how your mind works. These are great!
    xo Isa

  51. What a FANTASTIC idea! And so cheap! Sign me up! I really love the last picture with them lined up on the plate. Goulishly GORGEOUS!

  52. Very Spooky!!! Awesome demonstration! You did a great job on it.Love that song on your player. Traci