If You Can't Find Them Make Them

11.18.2011

As you know I have been working on my table settings for Thanksgiving. I am trying to use mostly what I already have and I do casual style tables instead of formal. We just aren't formal kind of folks. The only things new I bought were the dinner plates and napkins. Yesterday I went from store to store in search of some napkin rings. I either couldn't find anything I liked or wasn't willing to pay five and six dollars apiece for eight napkin rings. I already had six I could use for one table.

I finally went to Michaels to see if I could find anything to use and they had these wooden rings for only $1.49 each. Perfect!

First thing I did was paint the rings with my Venetian Gold craft paint and let them dry.


 I wanted to attach an acorn to each ring so I went to Hobby Lobby to get a hot glue gun. Then while standing there with a glue gun in my hand I saw these glue dots so I bought them instead.

Best decision I ever made. These were so easy to use and no burned fingers. Just place the glue dot on the ring and then stick the acorn on and done.

 Just the look I wanted.


Simple and cheap and love the look.

You will have to wait to see the rest of the table. I added acorns and a combination of a leaf and acorns on the wicker napkin rings I already had for the other table.

The tables are done. Now it will be on to the cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking.

Are you ready??


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72 comments:

  1. They look Perfect Kim! They go so well with your napkins. I have never seen those glue dots, they look like a good idea.

    All the best,
    Rachel~

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  2. Those are adorable...great way to improvise. They look so cute.

    ♥Linsey

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  3. They look great kim!! I love the glue dots.I've never seen them before.I have to look for them.The napkin rings are perfect.

    Kathy

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  4. So simple yet so elegant! I love it. I'm with you on using what I have. Trying my best to keep costs down. I've been cooking for two days and putting things in the freezer to travel next week. Fun, fun!

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  5. That is so cute Kim!

    I better be ready!

    One daughter and her hubby will be here Saturday to pick up a sofa and other furniture in our big basement clean up and clear out of 2011.:-) Two grands are spending Saturday night with us then the bunch will be here Sunday for Thanksgiving dinner...which is always casual at our house.
    Hoping for a do nothing day tomorrow.

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  6. I'm with you, Kim. I needed eight and I wasn't about to pay $6 each. Yikes. Made my own.

    Love yours....too cute.

    Barb ♥

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  7. What a wonderful idea! I love those. You could easily change it out for Christmas with some greenery too I bet. I bet it was fun to make those knowing how much money you were saving and how cute they were.

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  8. They turned out fabulous. Love the glue dots, what a great idea. I hadn't seen those before. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Those are so cute. I love acorns. Your table will be beautiful on Turkey Day:-)

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  10. So cute! What a great idea! Love it!

    Kelli @ www.theinspiredcollection.blogspot.com

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  11. W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.!!!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  12. those are just adorable.. that is my motto, if you cant find it make it.. i have never seen glue dots( where have i been??) thank you for sharing about those.. have a wonderful Thanksgiving ~Grace

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  13. Adorable acorn napkin rings! I've done the same thing before with the same wooden napkin rings, starfish & glue dots. Those wooden rings are very versatile.
    And just why do napkin rings need to be $6.00 a piece anyway?? It's crazy.

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  14. They look very autumnal. I really like the glue dots too.

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  15. They turned out great Kim. I have never seen those glue dots! What a great product. Are those real acorns?

    I picked up my free turkey today - at our grocery store, Ingles, if you spend so much money, you get a free turkey. Anyway, that is all I have done so far...

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  16. Cute as can be! Thanks for teaching us about glue dots! I never knew. Definitely looks easier than a glue gun.

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  17. I love the acorns and you really made some cute napkin rings. I never heard of glue dots but think they look easy and great! hugs, Linda

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  18. Hi Kim,

    Love them!
    The glue dots are perfect nice and tidy too! I will have to look for them. Beautiful place setting!
    Love those napkins...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  19. Sweet and simple, Kim! Gotta love it! They look great and are perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

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  20. I agree! Very sweet! I especially like the napkin fabric!

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  21. Hi Kimmie! I always knew you were the smartest one and here you go and prove me right again! :)
    They are so cute.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. I love it! And you know how much I love acorns--right? Where did you get that napkin fabric? I can see which direction you're taking your Thanksgiving table.
    It's gonna be fabulous!

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  23. How clever. Nothing says fall and Thanksgiving like acorns.

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  24. Kim,Those are sooo cute and glue dots...I've seen them, but never bought any. Very creative, inexpensive and cute. Yay! Kim!

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  25. Very cute, Kim! Love the napkins too.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  26. SUPER cute!!! Love your napkins, too!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  27. Now that is a super cute idea, Kim!
    Brenda

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  28. Kim, super cute idea! Gotta love glue dots!! These are wonderful, with your napkins! Great job!

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  29. love this idea!! I've never tried the dots, I'll have to grab some!

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  30. They look great! I love those glue dots - I actually use them for kids projects all the time. They bond instantly, but are safe for little fingers. I love the simplicity of your napkin rings. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Oh my gosh I Love this.... haven't seen the dots, will look next time I'm there.. hugs ~lynne~

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  32. OMG...I love them!!!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  33. Perfect, quick and beautiful all at the same time!
    Debbie

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  34. Now aren't you the clever one! These are just adorable, where did you get those perfect acorns?

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  35. Glue dots. Who knew? The napkin rings are really cute! Love the little acorns.

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  36. The acorns are from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago.

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  37. I was just going to ask about those acorns and I see you just answered! They are so cute. I have not seen those glue dots. But what a great idea!

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  38. These are so cute, Kim! They meet my criteria for a craft - super cute, easy and cheap! And to answer your question - no, I'm not ready - I haven't done a single thing yet. Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  39. Very creative love the glue dots.

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  40. Super cute! And easy... my kind of project. I see some glue dots in my future :)

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  41. Oh, Kim! Those glue dots looks like something EVEN I might be able to use! LOL!

    NO, I am not ready! LOL! Still working like a crazed woman on that little weekender remodel! About to be off to do a backsplash... ahhhh... the work never ends! Have a great weekend. blessings ~ tanna

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  42. Great idea, and simple. Love the finished product, perfect for the season. I love those napkins........

    Happy Thanksgiving Kim,
    Emily
    The French Hutch

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  43. Kim, these are so cute! LOVE the simplicity of them! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/11/friday-im-in-love-and-special-reveal.html

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  44. Wow what a wonderfully simple idea. They look great.

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  45. Oh wow -- these are ADORABLE! I love them.

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  46. Love the glue dots!
    I also love the yellow acorn fabric of the napkins. Would you mind sharing where you got them?
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Erin

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  47. Hi Kim,
    what a great idea.........and they came out so cute and look so great with your cute acorn napkins.
    I am gonna start working on my table today. Have planned the menu and done all the shopping for it I can,
    some things I will have to wait till closer to Thanksgiving to get, but I like to get as much as I can done before we get into the busyiness of next week.

    Hope you and your family have a Wonderfully Thankful and Delightful
    time together.

    Blessings, Nellie

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  48. Oh yea, and thanks for the glue dot idea, have never tried those, but certainly will now.
    thanks, Nellie

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  49. New follower to your blog! Those sticky dots are great-I use them for all kinds of stuff. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  50. perfect! love the idea...adore the glue dots! gotta get me a stash of those :)

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  51. wonderful idea Kim..I adore acorns on fall decor..I wish I had gotten out before all the squirrels took them all and let only the tops
    Boo Hoo

    - KAT -

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  52. Acorns were very popular in some of the upscale shops I visited in NYC this wee.

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  53. Perfectly charming Kim!!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  54. Did I miss where you got your napkins? I love them!!!

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  55. Great idea! You know I didn't even own a napkin ring before blogging and I still don't have many. We don't use them, I like them on tablescapes but not to use in real life, so I hate spending much on them. Can you remove the acorn and leave the glue dot to stick on something else?

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  56. Those are darling Kim and I have never heard of glue dots but I am certainly going to pick some up next time I'm at the craft store! Thanks so much for sharing this great project with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  57. Love it- what a charming idea!! Thanks for linking up at the party this week!

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  58. Love your acorn napkin rings, Kim. Thanks for telling me where you can find wooden rings. I have been looking for some to paint. I made my own napkin rings for Thanksgiving, too. And that was a good tip you gave us about the glue dots!

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  59. Perfect. Warm and inviting. You'll have a beautiful day!

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  60. So cute! Love them, Kim!
    Thank you so much for linking your creative project to Potpourri Friday!

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  61. You are one very Talented Lady. Beautiful ideas. Have a great Thanksgiving. I know your table will be awesome.

    yvonne

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  62. Simple and beautiful Kim
    Happy if you come to see me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    with love from
    Farah

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  63. I have never seen the glue dots! MUCH better than a glue gun for this job I think! I will have to go look for those dots!

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  64. Well, good grief, Kim...these are just adorable. You are so smart..and talented.
    Gotta look for the glue dots.
    'Happiest Thanksgiving.
    xoxo bj

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  65. Perfection, Girl after my heart! Happy Thanksgiving

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