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Topic: napkin ring made from recycled plastic toilet paper packaging  (Read 1940 times)
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« on: February 21, 2012 05:38:43 AM »

I like recycling, saving money, and making unusual items/gifts. Lately I've been focusing on recycling plastic packaging. It's amazing all the colors that are available. After experimenting, I made this napkin ring by heating some plastic toilet paper packaging into a disk. (using lots of ventilation!) Then I slipped about 36" of 20 gauge wire through a large clear acrylic bead and the disk. I wound the wire around a 1 1/2" pill bottle a few times to form the "ring". After removing the ring from the bottle, I wrapped the wire tails around the ring in back of the disk. (on each side). I finished the wire ends by making tiny spirals to hide the holes in the disk.
I'm thinking about making a set of these for an unusual gift. Maybe make some napkins to match!

I made a pdf tutorial available here on my blog. (over 20 photo!) The link will take you directly to the tutorial.

Also, there's a 5 minute video slide show tutorial on youtube here.


I enjoy making my own beads from recycled materials. Also, designing with wire.
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012 04:01:46 PM »

What a fascinating use of plastic packaging. Thank you.

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 07:51:51 AM »

Pretty and very clever!  Your napkins will be lovely as well, and people will enjoy dining at your table.

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2012 07:49:01 PM »

I would wear this as a ring or bracelet!  What a pretty way to reuse materials that we just throw away.

« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2012 12:35:17 PM »

You are so right. I often wonder what I could make with all these beautifully colored plastic that end up in the trash fields. That was a great idea. Maybe you can work on this idea and make jewellery since this ring really looks beautiful.
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