December 2, 2013

DIY Faux Snow Napkin Rings

This week's Dare to DIY project's theme is entertaining which is perfect since I made a set of faux snow napkin rings for my future Christmas tablescape:





I made the napkin rings from the following supplies:



Supplies shown:
  • Epsom salt
  • PVC pipe
    • I used 6" of a 2' piece of pipe. PVC couplings also work if you don't feel like cutting down a piece of pipe.
  • Snow Tex
  • Cheese spreader

Supplies not shown:
  • A paper plate
  • A bowl to catch the falling Epsom salt



I started making my napkin rings by smearing a generous amount of Snow Tex onto a piece of PVC pipe with my cheese spreader:



After the piece of pipe was completely covered with Snow Tex, I went back and "stabbed" different areas with my cheese spreader to create mini peaks and give the surface some extra snowy texture.



I sprinkled some Epsom salt on the wet Snow Tex and gently pressed it in place (don't smash those peaks!) so it wouldn't fall off once everything had dried:



I made sure to avoid getting any Snow Tex on the top and bottom edges of the PVC pipe. If some did get on the edge, I wiped it off with a damp paper towel. There's no reason behind doing this, I just wanted a clean edge.



I repeated the same process on the remaining pieces of PVC pipe until all of my napkin rings were finished.

The jar of Snow Tex says it will dry in 2-3 hours (thicker applications take longer to dry) but I waited 24 hours before handling my new napkin rings.



The texture of the Snow Tex paired with the Epsom salts makes a really convincing faux snow effect:



The Epsom salt also kind of shimmers in the light like fresh snow does :)



Maybe Matilda is hosting this week's party so make sure you stop by her blog and link up your project!





I'm sharing this project at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Maybe Matilda, Primitive & Proper, Decor and the Dog, Newly Woodwards!

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28 comments

  1. That's pretty freaking cool. It has an awesome seasonal affect.

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  2. Super cute! Thanks for daring to entertain today!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Thanks for hosting the party :)

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  3. so simple but such a nice touch! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Caitlin :) xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I hope you had a great turkey day as well :)

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  4. oh these are SO fun and would make fab hostess gifts!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! Hostess gifts didn't even cross my mind until now! Great idea :)

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  5. Amaze-balls. Now I want to faux-snow everything! This tutorial makes it look so easy!

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    1. Thank you Kayla! I want to faux snow everything too haha

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  6. ooh! that's so cool...I had no idea snow tex even existed...now I want everything in my house to look like snow :)

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! I didn't know it existed either but I'm happy I found it!

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  7. Such a cute idea. I love that it's seasonally appropriate, but doesn't SCREAM frosty the snowman. Very subtle and chic. Just like you, friend!

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  8. I have to say that I have a special appreciation for your posts because you always make unique and new things. So fresh and inspiring. I'll take a set of 8 please :)

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  9. I have to agree with Katja your projects are always so unique and kick-ass! I'm all "check me out I put a piece of paper in a pine cone" meanwhile you're cutting PVC pipes! Haha awesome work!

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  10. Simple, innovative, and subtle. Would have never thought of it.

    Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story
    www.whatsurhomestory.com

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  11. This is just so cool. How do you think these things up?!

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  12. love these! I want to do that on EVERYTHING!

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  13. Very cool idea! Love how it looks with the red napkin against the white plates! Simply festive!

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  14. Well aren't you just the most clever little thing! I really like these!

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  15. Super cute! What a great idea =) ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

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  16. Such a cute idea!! Thank you for sharing this as well at the Christmas Extravaganza Party! Pinning :)
    xoxo

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  17. Hi Caitlin, so sweet and clever! Thanks for stopping by our link party. Merry Christmas from HomeGoods

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