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How to Use Napkins to Make a Festive Summer Wreath

Yes, you read correctly—we’re going to make a festive summer wreath using napkins!! Nothing says summer like watermelon, so let’s feature them in this summer wreath.Summer Watermelon Wreath


Here are the supplies you’ll needwatermelon summer wreath

Let’s make the Summer Wreath:

  1. The napkins I used were round, but if you’re using square ones you can trim the corners to create your own round napkins.
  2. Fold the 20″ length of bow wire in half and place it in the Bowdabra. You can tuck the wire ends under the Bowdabra so they are out of the way.Wire in Bowdabra Gold
  3. Scrunch the first napkin into the Bowdabra with the design side facing up.First Napkin in Bowdabra
  4. Continue adding eight more napkins.9 Napkins in Bowdabra
  5. Compress the napkins with the Bowdabra wand.Compress Napkins
  6. With the napkins still in the Bowdabra, pass the ends of the bow wire through the loop, and tighten. Tie a secure knot on the back of the bow, leaving the wire ends long.Pass Wire Ends through Loop
  7. To form the center of the bow, fold a napkin in half with the design sides together.Fold Napkin in Half
  8. Pleat the half-circle forming a fan shape.Pleat to Form Fan
  9. Secure with the 10″ length of bow wire.Secure with Wire
  10. Add to the center of the napkin bow with the wire ends from the fan.watermelon summer wreath
    Finishing your wreath
  11. Fluff the bow.
  12. Spiral wrap the 60″ length of green ribbon around the floral wreath to simulate watermelon rind.watermelon summer wreath
  13. Attach napkin bow to the wreath using bow wires.
  14. Make the corkscrew ribbons for the watermelon tendrils using the 48″ length of green ribbon:
    • Spiral the ribbons around a large knitting needle or ¼” dowel rod.Corkscrew Ribbon
    • Secure the ribbon ends with pinch clothespins.
    • Mist lightly with water.
    • Arrange on a lined baking sheet.
    • Bake in the oven at 250° F for 20 minutes.Bake at 250 for 20 Minutes
    • After the ribbons are cool, gently slide off the knitting needle or dowel.
    • Cut the corkscrew ribbons in thirds. Attach to the foam floral wreath with pins.KO_Wreath

Enjoy your watermelon summer wreath.Summer Watermelon Wreath (Instagram)

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