Remember those candy cane reindeer from 1st grade.. pipe cleaner antlers and all?? Do kids still make those?? Or the felt mice that also housed a candy cane?? Or how about this guy…. a pom pom Christmas wreath ornament??
Mom and I spent some time this past weekend digging through some old Christmas decorations! That’s how I scored my vintage Christmas tree cake pan I told you about on Facebook! And yes, friends, I made that beautiful wreath over 25 years ago!! My mom is the best at keeping childhood treasures!
Little known secret about me.. I went by “Kandi” until the third grade when I became “too cool” for the name Kandi and wanted to be called Candace. My dad is the only person who still calls me Kandi… and somehow now… 25 years later, I love it! (Only from my dad though, don’t get any wise ideas!!)
Digging through the box, I also found these little friends… Santa Claus napkin rings… made by yours truly!
Funny story, mom told me when I brought them home, my little brother who hadn’t started school yet wanted to copy me and make some napkin rings of his own. My mom, being the thrifty DIY-er herself and a mom who would never let her child down… found some paper towel tubes and yes, I believe paper towels… and let my brother have at it! These were his napkin rings…
Bless his little heart. I ♥ him! There was one for mom, dad, sis, and Andre… with a little “w’ squeezed on the end, to say Andrew. They are priceless!!
So today, in honor of my brother’s paper towel tube napkin holders from 1980-something, I present…
I started with three toilet paper tubes (I didn’t have paper towel tubes on hand) and cut them in half to create six smaller tubes. They were just the right size.
To give the burlap a little more character, I tore just a couple strings off of each side to make it fringe a little.
Then it was time to sew the strips together. I wanted to attach two strips to each napkin ring to make it look full. And I sewed them together with twine. I went straight across the top, down the back, and back across the bottom. It’s all one piece of twine. I threaded it with a large-eye plastic needle.
Half-way through the top row of stitches, I stopped long enough to slide on a sparky pinecone ornament that I picked up at the dollar store. They came two to a pack.. so 50¢ a piece. Good deal for a little sparkle, huh?!
Once my burlap was sewn together and ready to attach, I hot glued it to the toilet paper tubes.
And in less than 45 minutes, I had six burlap napkin rings with sparkly pinecones! I have to say, I think I’ve come a long way since my Santa Claus napkin rings!!
I have loads of other pinecone projects up my sleeve. I believe, I may have a sort of woodsy themed Thanksgiving and Christmas!! What do you think?
Too early to be talking Christmas???
Until next time,
Vintage News Junkie
Looking for more burlap projects… check out my Ruffly Burlap Wreath Video Tutorial and learn how to make burlap rosettes you can attach to ANYTHING!