DIY napkin rings

Trendy craft idea using Viennese rattan

Among the hottest home design trends right now is “Wiener Geflecht”, a traditional Viennese style of open mesh canework which lends itself perfectly to handicrafting. But don’t worry, you don’t have to launch straight into covering an entire chair seat, because it’s ideal for smaller, simpler projects, too. Here we give you our tips on how to make your own serviette rings, for example. The Viennese weave is very flexible to work with: you can cut it, colour it or spray-paint it to create amazing accessories with minimal effort. Open weave cane is available from good DIY and craft retailers, or it can be bought online by the metre from a roll. When it comes to colourful designs for your napkin rings, the best choice is edding permanent spray; there are over 35 shades to choose from, so your favourite colour is bound to be one of them. edding spray paints also have exceptional covering power and are incredibly quick-drying and durable. In our example, we chose delicate pastel shades in combination with gold. You’ll see that not only is making napkin rings lots of fun, they also double up as stylish table decorations.

Home decor
Permanent spray
Natural materials
Easy peasy
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Products and materials

Other materials

  • Small roll of Viennese mesh (rattan) – available from large specialist craft suppliers
  • Large protective sheet to cover your work area
  • Masking film
  • Gloves
  • Screwdriver for removing the safety ring
  • Strong string
  • Scissors

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