Wishbone Napkin Rings

I’m always looking for cool and unique ways to set our table for different occasions, all the way down to how I set up my napkins which is why i love this craft so much. I’ve heard of people taking necklace charms and tying them around napkins and I love the idea. I saw this Jennifer Meyer wishbone necklace on the Barneys website and thought it would be PERFECT for a Thanksgiving place setting… but let’s face it – no one in their right mind would pay 1,200$ for a napkin ring, so I improvised. I had roasted a chicken this past weekend (will do a post on that after Thanksgiving) and set the wishbone aside for this craft.

I cleaned the wishbone really well and waited until the next day to make sure it was totally dry. Then I simply spray painted it a metallic gold (only because we have gold china, you can paint it whatever color matches your tablescape) and then gave it a quick spray with a gold glitter. Let it dry over night just to be extra safe.
 I rolled up my napkin and just pinched the napkin in it (as seen in the first picture) and then played around with a couple other ideas (in the pics below). I actually think it looks pretty cool just sitting on the plate… I love the idea that everyone at the table gets to take it with them and make a wish. Playing on the “wishbone charm” idea, I also pinched the wishbone into the opening on a gold jump ring. Then I just added it to a piece of twine and wrapped it around the napkin for a little more casual look. 

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7 thoughts on “Wishbone Napkin Rings

  1. Odd question perhaps, but how did you clean the wishbone? I just came across a collection that I had saved in my craft boxes, and have been searching online for an hour on how to clean wishbones for crafting, with no luck. Seems like they should be dipped in something (but I don’t know what!) to clean really well and preserve?

      1. Thanks Danielle. Boiling water sounds like an obvious-but-I-hadn’t-thought-of-it idea. I was afraid to do anything to compromise the structure. I love your nakpkin ring photos, but since I never entertain, I may try my hand at making some jewelry out of them, or using in a collage. Glad to be able to move forward on that now. Thanks again!

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