Do your table settings need some final touches before the impending holidays? Yup, mine too! But what? Well, I’d been shopping in the PVC section of our local home improvement shop for supplies to make my Kiddie Cup Caddie when it dawned on me that PVC pipe would make great napkin rings. The ones I’d been using were sparkley and just don’t go with anything in our newly redecorated dining room. The new space has a much more rustic feel and some how glitter just didn’t feel like it would work. Glitter no, but a little shine, yes!
I knew I could make some good faux metal happen so I bought 18 inches of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe, a PVC pipe cutter (which I’ll tell you about that in a few) and got started on my PVC pipe napkin rings!
I measured and marked with my sharpie so that each napkin ring was just over 1 inch.
After fitting the pipe cutter and lining it up with my mark, I started making my rounds.
By making rounds, I mean you literally keep the tool turning around until the PVC is cut all the way through. If you’ve got big guns, you can definitely get a little arm workout using this thing. As for me, I have “nuns” and not the religious sort, the “I ain’t got no guns at all” kind, lol! I also tend to get very impatient. As such, I ran into the garage and used my circular saw to cut the remaining rings. One very important safety measure if you go that route. Wear eye protection. This is a non negotiable. The plastic splits and little shards will by flying all over. As a side note, I did notice that when using the cutter, a little lip remained.
As you can see, the edges were much smoother on the ring where I used the cutter. See the little jagged edge on the right side from using the saw?
Once I had all my rings cut, I gave each one a good sanding with a 220 grit sand paper to soften the rough edges.
I really wanted a realistic metal look, so I decided to use two different types of spray paint.
I used Rustoleum Metallic Finish in silver as the base.
I finished with a random spray of the Krylon to achieve some dimension and texture and gave each ring a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper to knock down the sheen just a smidge. Could I have used the Krylon Fusion Hammered silver only? Probably. Why didn’t I? I’m a creature of habit and just prefer the reliable adhesion I get from Rustoleum.
I’m so happy with how these turned out. As you can see, the right was cut with the cutting tool. That little lip I mentioned earlier is a bit more obvious now, no? Eh, such is life. I still love them! I’d love to hear your thoughts so go ahead and leave me a comment. Please feel free to PIN and share and as always, if you have any questions, ask away! Thanks for stopping by!