Inside: Make these easy piñata inspired napkin rings to add fun color to your Cinco de Mayo tablescape!
Today’s post gave me the perfect excuse to break out all of the fun colors that don’t typically make it into my everyday decor, and I have to say, these colors just make me happy! I’m planning on throwing a a little Cinco de Mayo party for a few friends and well, you know me, I’m a sucker for fun, festive, and easy entertaining ideas. So when I was asked to participate in Clinton Kelly’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Challenge of course this girl said “heck yes!”
(If you don’t know already Clinton Kelly hosted What Not to Wear and is currently a host on The Chew. He is all about style, whether it be what’s on your body, on your table, or in your home.)
This beautiful Mexican blanket made for the perfect tablecloth and inspired the colors on these easy piñata inspired napkin rings to add even more color to my Cinco de Mayo tablescape.
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You got a sneak peek of this really fun and festive Cinco de Mayo tablescape last week when I shared the recipe for my ridiculously easy beer cocktail. I’m hoping you had a chance to test it out already and were convinced it’s the only drink you’ll need at your Cinco de Mayo shindig. (That and water of course!)
Anyway, beyond the tablecloth and the napkin rings I kept everything else really simple and neutral. It ended up being one of my favorite tablescapes yet!
Chances are you already have the supplies you will need to make these piñata napkin rings on hand.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather…
- toilet paper rolls (one roll will make 2 napkin rings.)
- bright colored tissue paper
- school glue
Before you begin, you will want to decide on a color scheme for each ring. I pulled color combos from the Mexican blanket that I used as a tablecloth to guide my mix of colors.
Step 1: Cut strips of tissue paper about 3 inches wide.
Step 2: Fold the stack of tissue paper strips in half length wise and then in half again until you have about a 4-5 inch rectangle.
Step 3: Cut into each long edge about 3 inches leaving about 1 inch in the middle. Try to make your cuts evenly spaced.Step 4: Unfold your stack and separate the tissue paper.
Step 5: If your tissue paper is the same color on both sides, you will just fold it in half (as seen below in light blue.) If your tissue paper is different colors on each side you will want to lay it out and cut down the middle length wise. Then flip one side over and lay it on top of the other so that you have both bright sides up (as seen below in orange.)Step 6: Cut each toilet paper roll in half and brush school glue around the bottom edge. Then carefully wrap one piece of tissue paper fringe so that the fringe hangs over the bottom edge completely. You will want to cut the strip of tissue paper so that it wraps around once with a tiny bit of overlap at the seam. (If you are using a color that you had to cut to get both bright sides up, you will attach them separately, one on top of the other.)
Step 7: Now brush glue around again applying it to the top edge of the strip you just attached and the toilet paper roll, and add your second strip of tissue paper. Repeat this process until you get to the top color. For the top piece you will want the top edge of the strip to go above the edge of the toilet paper roll by about 1/2 an inch.
Step 8: Now brush a little bit of glue inside the top edge of the toilet paper roll and gently fold the tissue paper over to finish it off.
I pulled white napkins through each so that the colors really popped.
I just can’t get enough of these colors! They remind me so much of when I studied in Mexico. This blanket doesn’t do justice to the handwoven textiles that I remember so well, but it does jog those amazing memories of a place that I hold so near to my heart.
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo amigos!
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