Tuesday, December 4, 2012
DIY Natural Wood Napkin Rings
What you'll need:
Hardwood tree branch at least 2" in diameter and 16" long (use a longer branch for more rings)
Hand or electric saw
Drill and 1" drill bit
1. Find a hardwood tree branch at least 2" in diameter and 16" long. Use a saw to cut the branch from the tree, then trim any smaller shoots coming off your branch.
2. Use a hand knife to strip the bark from the branch by using downward strokes angled away from your body.
6. Give each ring another sanding, then rub wood oil (I used Danish Oil in Natural) on each ring with a soft cloth. Apply additional coats as needed, allowing 24 hours between coats. For a smoother finish, sand the rings between each coat with 000 steel wool or 320 grit sandpaper.
7. Let your rings dry for 48 hours before use.