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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Candy Cane Initial & A Pocket Fold Napkin

Next week I will be hosting a dinner party for 12. I thought a candy cane initial for each guest would be a nice alternative to the common place card.

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I found the candy cane striped pipe cleaners in the Target $1 section. I have also seen them at the dollar store. You’ll need wire cutters for certain initials and also a pencil or pen to curl the ends.

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The pipe cleaners bend into any shape quite easily. For a bit of extra flourish I wound the ends around the end of a calligraphy pen. For certain letters you may want to add a dot of hot glue to hold a shape.

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This is a quick and easy craft that makes a festive place setting when  paired with a pocket napkin holding a sprig of pine.

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Pocket napkins are also fast and easy to create.

Begin by laying a napkin on a flat surface and fold in half vertically. Try to align the corners.

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Take the left edge of the napkin and bring it towards the right side about 3/4 onto the napkin. You can see by the crease that the process is repeated a second time.

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From there if you spin the napkin sideways it will look like this. Next, carefully turn the entire napkin over.

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Fold the left side of the napkin into the center. Lift up the left hand side fold.

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Grab the right hand side of the napkin and bring it towards the center and tuck it into the open left fold.

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Flip it over and voila, a pocket. I recommend a good pressing to create crisp folds. It looks neater.

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You can tuck in flowers, silverware, or a small gift…just use your imagination.

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The candy cane initials also look great on presents.

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What will your holiday table look like?


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Blackberry Lane said...

How pretty! I love the initials. I used to tuck a sprig of fresh rosemary on our gift packages at Christmas - that, too, would be nice in the pocket napkin.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that is too cute, Laura! I love it! Girl, you always do the cutest things. I need to copy this! Thanks for sharing!



podso said...

A very, very cute idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

Patty Rumaker said...

Oh what a wonderful idea! I love the entire place setting. Thanks for the napkin tutorial. Merry Christmas!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Julia Forshee said...

You did such an amazing job on your L! It looks so elegant. Thanks for participating in our All Things with Purpose Thursday Blog Hop!! ~Julia

Karena Albert said...

Very pretty and creative Laura!
I always need napkin tutorial, thank you!
The Arts by Karena

Denise said...

I love, love this idea Laura; I'm off to the Dollar Store shortly to see if they have any of the pipe cleaners left! :-D I love the napkin fold, as well.

Thanks for sharing with us and have a wonderful day!


Denise at Forest Manor

Lulu said...

I'm crazy for unique napkin treatment so I love this. The initial is brilliant as it totally eliminates the need for place cards unless, I guess, people have the same initial!

Language of Color & Texture said...

This is very doable! Love it. Merry Christmas, XO Karen

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So cute and I can do it! Thanks for a great idea!

Christine said...

How do you do it? You amaze me. Always enjoy seeing what you are up to. Today was no exception!

Dawna Motz said...

Perfect!! I love your idea! We are having guests in tomorrow nite and I think I have my table ideas figured out...will post pictures later! Have a merry day my friend!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh that is so clever!!! I love love love love it!!!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Very pretty- I love the candy cane pipe cleaners. I need to get some of those!

Shelia said...

HI Laura! Have I told you you're the smartest most creative one? :) You are and this is genius! I love the candy cane pipe cleaners and your letter! :) Merry Christmas, dear one.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

the cape on the corner said...

love that idea!

Laura Santos said...

You always inspire me to make things pretty. Such simple litte touches can really speak love to others. Thank you for your good example!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, This is so pretty! Love your red transferware too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Katherines Corner said...

This is such a sweet way to personalize the place setting. Love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

mamas*little*treasures said...

Such a beautiful way to personalize a place setting for our holiday table! Thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring us during this festive time of year. Just popping over from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Looking forward to connecting again with you in the New Year, every Thursday at Katherine's Corner. Merry Christmas! Nina @ mamas*little*treasures