DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

What You'll Need: 
  • 12 metal wishbones – The ones used are from Oriental Trading Company. They are supposed to be Christmas ornaments, but they are the perfect size for napkin rings. 
  • 12 – 2″ welded metal rings – The perfect sized metal rings are sold in the chain section of your local hardware store. 
  • Metal Glue – This epoxy adhesive is named “KwikWeld” because it is supposed to be an alternative to welding. 
  • Sandpaper – 150 grit to rough up your metal surfaces before painting.
  • Gold Spray Paint 
  • Black Latex Paint
  • Wooden clothes pins 
How It's Done: 

1) Remove the packaging from the wishbones and O rings.


2) The wishbones have a little hole in the center where they are meant to hang as ornaments. Fill this hole with a dab of the glue/epoxy and let it dry.


3) After the glue/epoxy is dry, lightly sand it with the 150 grit sandpaper to smooth it. Don’t worry if you sand the metal. It helps the paint stick better when the metal is scuffed up.


4) Use sandpaper to rough up the ring around the seam, this is where you are going to glue. Attach the rings to the back of the wishbones using about 1/8 of a teaspoon of epoxy. Make sure the epoxy is mixed thoroughly. It dries fast so work in small batches. Use wooden clothes pins to hold the rings to the wishbones while they dry. Let them cure overnight to make sure the glue holds before painting.


5) Rough up the surface of the rings and wishbones to help the paint stick. Spray the napkin rings with gold spray paint. 


6) Use a bit of sponge to dab black paint on the edges of the wishbones & rings.


7) Working quickly, use your fingers or a paper towel to smudge and wipe the black paint until you achieve the antique look you desire.


8) Allow the paint to dry completely before using your napkin rings.