I found a set of boring red napkin rings at a yard sale, and knew right away I wanted to turn them into something special for the 4th of July.  Check out the trash to treasure DIY!

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint 

Is it weird to admit that I’ve been scared to try milk paint?  I mean… I kicked cancer’s a$$ and survived four rounds of chemotherapy… but craft projects scare me.  Trying new things scare me.  New craft projects…. Mommy hold me!!!  But I did it.  And if I can do it, so can you!

Materials

Old napkin rings

Red, white, and blue milk paint

Adhesive stars

Paint brush

Painters tape

Sanding block/s

 

Napkin Rings 1

Instructions

When I tried to apply the white milk paint directly onto the red napkin rings, it slid right off.  So I sprayed them down with regular ole white spray paint and gave them a few coats to hide the red.  Next, I took a sanding block and gave each of them a little rub down to make it easier for the milk paint to stick.  It worked!  I applied each napkin ring with four light coats of milk paint to thoroughly cover.

 

Napkin Rings 2

 

Next, I took the star stickers, and placed them on two of the napkin rings, and painted over with the blue paint.  The blue paint was a little more saturated, so I only needed one coat plus touch up.

 

Napkin Rings 3

 

For the other two napkin rings, I used the painters tape to mark off stripes, and then painted red strips to the top and bottom.  I used two coats of the red paint to ensure full coverage.

 

Napkin Rings 4

 

I removed all of the tape and stickers, and only needed a little touch up.  The final step was to give each of them a little more sanding rub down for a distressed look.

 

Napkin Rings 5

 

And here they are… the  pride and joy of our 4th of July tablescape!

 

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint

 

I also used them for the Colonial Americana inspired tablescape.

 

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint

 

Lots of stars and stripes for a patriotic table setting!

 

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint

 

I had fun mixing and matching the red striped napkin rings with blue checked napkins….

 

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint

 

… and the blue star napkin rings with red polka dot napkins.

 

Patriotic Napkin Rings DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #milkpaint

I’m excited because I’ve had another project up my sleeve for awhile, but I wanted some practice and to be comfortable with the milk paint.   I’m totally hooked!

Love, hugs, and  no fear… just a paint brush!

Holly