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28 February, 2014

Pier 1 Inspired Burlap Bunny Ears Napkin Ring

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pier 1 Inspired Burlap Bunny Ears Napkin RingI can’t wait to share my latest project…my burlap bunny ears napkin ring!  Actually, I have my daughter to thank since she was the first one to spot them in Pier 1 and told me that they looked like something I would like to copy …errr… make…and she was right!
 OzzieI know spring is just around the corner because, as our CEO Ozzie can tell you, the robins have come back and are gathering on our lawn! Soooo…it’s time to get our spring crafts started!

Bunny ears
Here’s what you will need:
  • A print-out of the bunny ear pattern above. (Hint: Click on the pattern and it will come up in a new window. Then just hit print and it should be the right size.)
  • A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
  • Scraps of burlap
  • Mod Podge
  • Heat n Bond or a similar product
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Clip

Tutorial 1
And here’s what you will do:
1. Cut a slit the length of the paper towel roll.

2. Measure off one inch increments.

3. Cut the one inch pieces.

4. Cut a strip of burlap 2 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches long.

Tutorial 2
5. Fold in one end of the strip approximately 1/2 inch and press.

6. Fold the two long sides in so that they overlap to create a strip that is now one inch wide and press. Slip in one of the cardboard strips, making sure that the end of the cardboard tucks under the folded portion at the end of the burlap strip. The other end will remain unfinished. (Don’t worry…it won’t show!)

7. Cover the interior portion of the burlap strip with a generous amount of Mod Podge. Using a hair dryer, dry the Mod Podge a bit, then press and smooth the ends together with your fingers. Let it dry completely, preferably overnight.

8. In the meantime, you can create the “ears.” Start by cutting a piece of burlap that will be just large enough for cutting your ears. If you are making multiple napkin rings, you will, of course, cut more ears. Then cut another piece of burlap and a piece of Heat n Bond the same size as the first piece of burlap. Follow the directions on the package and fuse the two pieces of burlap together. 

Tutorial 3 9. Using the bunny ear pattern above, cut as many ears as you will need…two per napkin ring, of course. :-)

10. The burlap is now thicker and will hold its shape and resist raveling.

11. Add a small bead of hot glue and pinch the bottom portion of the ear together, holding it in place with a clip while it cools. (I used a clip from a coat hanger.) Be careful not to touch the hot glue so you don’t get burned! Ouch!

12. Run a small strip of hot glue along the top side of the unfinished end of the napkin ring end. Place the finished end over it and press down, holding in place with a clip until it cools. (Hint: I use a bamboo skewer when I need to press on any surface where I am using hot glue so that I don’t touch it and get burned.)

Tutorial 4Now you are ready to place the ears on the napkin ring. Simply hot glue them in place with a small bead of glue, once again pressing down with a bamboo skewer so that you don’t get burned.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pier 1 Inspired Burlap Bunny Ears Napkin RingNow just add a pretty napkin and…taaa daaa…you have a cute springy napkin ring ready for your table! And the best part…they were free since I made everything from scraps! Gotta love free! And hold on to your bunny ear pattern because I will have another fun springy bunny craft for you...'s my no-sew burlap bunny ear silverware pocket! It's super easy and inexpensive to make! You will find a complete tutorial here.

Aren't they a fun combination for Easter?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap-Wrapped VasesAnd just in case you missed them, here’s another fun burlap-y spring copy-cat project…my Pottery Barn inspired burlap wrapped vases. They are super easy and inexpensive to make!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Chalkboard Flower PotsHere’s another way to display spring flowers that also makes an easy and inexpensive gift…my chalkboard flower pots. Just add the expression that you need in chalk!

And be sure to start gathering up your best spring projects...past and share with us all in a special spring edition of  The Scoop coming March 3rd! It's a MEGA link party, with 35+ blogs sharing the links so you will have loads of exposure! Just link to one and show up on all of them! I'll be sharing all of my very best spring projects, too!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my Pier 1 inspired burlap bunny ear napkin rings! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party, Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday,   Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday, Creative Juice for the Easter Ideas Link Party
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. they are adorable however I am wore out with projects LOL
    I guess I am getting old LOL I use to tear into 4 projects a week and that was just 2 years ago
    anyway your table will be adorable with the burlap bunny ears

  2. I just saw these at Pier 1 and was thinking, "I can do that!" You took all of the hard work out of it! Thanks!

  3. These are some great burlap decor ideas while we are dreaming of Easter and spring decorating!

  4. Debbie, thanks for the terrific tutorial!

  5. Debbie,
    Like Ozzie, "Mr. Ed" spotted a pair of Robins this week here on the Prairie!
    Thanks for sharing your burlap bunny napkin rings, dear friend!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I'm making these this Easter! So adorable!

  7. Sweet! I've been seeing them all over and think they are just the cutest.

  8. I have lots of burlap and can't wait to make your napkin rings and wrap bottles in burlap for a new look Easter table. I always am inspired by your projects.

  9. Debbie, that are soooo cute! I love them! They will be adorable on your Easter table this year. Actually, they would be so cute on any spring table! :)

  10. What a great inspired redo and I bet the originals were an arm and a leg or maybe an ear and a tail.

  11. Great tutorial....I saw these in a flyer I received and i thought the same thing. I can make these!

  12. Debbie,
    I'm so happy that you came by and shared these darling DIY napkin rings at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. They will be featured at this weeks party.


  13. Oh you little cutie pie, I had this tutorial scheduled to post on Friday LOL I bought one and remade it too, LOL. So cute!!! xo

  14. The Burlap bunny ears and the silverware pocket are adorable! I love it and it was so creative. Great job!
    Hello from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!
    leelee @ paperbagstyling

  15. These napkin rings are so cute!! I've featured them in a recent blog post on my own blog, as they match a burlap bunny table runner I've also featured. You can see these napkin rings featured on the post here (linking back to this page of course!):

    Thanks for such an adorable craft idea (and cheaper alternative to buying from the store!) I love DIY project like this!

  16. These are super cute!
    I wish I had a table to set!!!

  17. I love these napkin rings! We're hosting Easter dinner and I really have to make them...about 20 should do it. Now off to check out the silverware holders.
    Debbie :)

  18. Cute!! I, too, consider myself a plate addict! Check out the place settings I did for Easter on my website :

  19. These are so stinkin cute! I saw them at Pier 1 and knew they could be made cheaper. Thanks for the great instructions. Got yo get cracking to get 15 done by Easter!!


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