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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

6 Comments 18 April 2015

Thank you Nicole from Sketch42 for sending in this perfect Shavuot table napkin do-it-yourself craft!

All of the items here can be purchased at M and J Trimmings in Manhattan so head on over there for some great Shavuot table inspiration! They have tons of ribbon, trim, feathers, flowers and more. The creative possibilities are endless! Its time to spruce up your Shavuot table!!

Summer Cloth Napkin Dip Dying and DIY Coaster:

by Nicole Cohen

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color, andI have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)



  • 4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
  • Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
  • Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
  • Dry and iron.

Project 1: 

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
  • Place the napkin inside.

Project 3:

Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!

Finished Look


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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

2 Comments 30 January 2011

by Nina Dweck

Here’s an easy way to take gift wrapping to the next level when topped with a glamorous ribbon. Get creative - mix and match ribbons to coordinate with your event, or choose your recipients favorite color. Have fun by embellishing your bow with rhinestones, pom poms or even feathers!

Shown in the picture is a Sephardic bridal “Swanee“, in which the groom’s parents send over gifts for the Jewish bride.  Gifts usually include candlesticks for Shabbat, a tray, perfumes, and a purse with money enclosed for the bride to attend the mikveh. This swanee is “closed”, meaning that the gifts are wrapped and will be opened during a private time for the bride and her close friends and relatives.

For this project, you’ll need a  glue gun, scissors, and ribbon in your desired width and color. Keep in mind that a larger gift will look better with a wider ribbon, while a smaller one will look fine with a thinner one. It is very important that you use wire edged ribbon to make the bow. It will look stiffer and prettier. I buy my ribbon from Cosco- they sell beautiful wide wired edge ribbons in varying colors, and are very inexpensive. They especially have a wide selection around holiday time so stock up for future projects!

Not in the mood to go buy ribbon? Watch the video above and learn how to make a bow out of recycled wrapping paper or any paper that you have laying around the house. Its a great eco-friendly wrapping idea!

  1. Step one: lie your box or gift on a flat surface. Glue a piece of ribbon horizontally and then cross another piece of ribbon over vertically. Take care to place the vertical ribbon under the horizontal one to hide the seams for a more perfect finish. Use your hot glue gun to stick the pieces together.

2. Step two: Cut a long piece of ribbon for the bow. The longer the piece, the larger the bow will be.

3. Step three: Take one end of the ribbon and fold about an inch in, gluing to creating a small circle. You can place your index finger in the circle to make a rounder piece.

4. Step four: Fold another circle in, this one a bit larger than the first. Glue this one under to the left of the first small circle. Follow this step and make another circle on the right.

5. Step five: Continue, each set becoming larger than the last. Keep on going until you have the desired bow size. When your done, fold the edge of the remaining ribbon and cut on an angle across the closed side. This will create two triangle edges for a beautiful, professional finish.

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