Pack This DIY Hostess Gift

May 2013

Summer travel is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, that means you’ve got maps out and are busy planning your next great escape. Sometimes, that means you’re lucky enough to get an invite to the vacation home of a friend. If that’s the case, and you have a little bit of DIY in you, I think I’ve come up with the perfect hostess gift to pack in your suitcase.

Did you know that American’s use on average approximately 2,200 napkins {usually six a day} each year? By just using one less per day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills in the US alone! Our household tries to use cloth napkins on a regular basis. It becomes a problem when you have a house full of people or a big family, how do you keep the napkins straight. They don’t need to be washed after every use, that kind of defeats the purpose of saving energy right? But the thought of using someone else’s serviette is a bit unappetizing. My solution is to have reusable napkin rings with everyone’s name on them.

You’ll need:

  • A set of wooden napkin rings from the craft store
  • Primer white paint
  • Acrylic paint for the inside of the rings
  • Chalk paint for the outside of the rings
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Chalk or chalk pen
  • Paint the interior of the rings with a white primer. This will raise the edge of the wood, so after it is dry, sand lightly along the rough edges. Paint the interiors with whatever colors you have selected. This batch was for a friend with a house on the water. Again, lightly sand any rough edges.

    Paint the outside of the rings with chalk paint. It will take 2-3 coats. Write the name of your hosts on the rings, along with a thank you on one, buy them some cotton or linen napkins in a color they’ll love, and voila…Creative gift and good for the planet all rolled into one!

    Have a great weekend.