Begin by wrapping a piece of wax paper around the empty toilet paper
tube, and tape it together. This is your mold around which
you will wrap your jute around. The wax paper serves as a
barrier between the hot glue (which will inevitably ooze out) and the
toilet paper roll. The hot glue becomes "unstuck" to the wax
paper much more easily than the cardboard tube. The wax paper
can simply be peeled away.
apply a dollop of hot glue to one end the jute, and
begin to wrap it once around the tube as shown. Let the hot
glue adhere the end of the rope to the next layer, where it
meets. Use a straight pin to adhere the jute to itself until
the glue adheres.
3. Now, apply a line of hot glue along the top of the rope,
then circle the rope around again. Use straight pins to keep
everything adhered while the glue dries.
4. After about 6 wraps or
so, cut off the jute and glue the
end well to the wrapped seashell napkin ring.
After this has allowed to dry, slide the toilet paper roll
out of the wax paper shell.
6. Now, gently peel away the wax paper. It may come
out easily, it may not, depending on how much glue oozed out.
If needed, rip the wax paper and keep working until it is all gone from
the inside of the ring.
7. You can now decorate your seashell napkin rings.
Use a variety of shells in different shapes and sizes, overlapping them
occasionally to provide an interesting look. Use hot glue to
adhere these in place, and allow to dry.
8. You are ready to entertain! Just slide your
rolled napkins into the seashell napkin rings. Be sure to
make the seashell centerpiece
too, it looks
really classy for a summer dinner party!