Something old, something new…the saying goes and is usually applied to wedding attire, but it applies to recycling old brooches into new napkin rings too. Lovely pieces of old costume jewelry are easy to find at local flea markets and the cheap prices make them an excellent score for use in a variety of DIY home decorating projects. Snap up some colorful brooches at the flea market or prowl through granny’s old jewelry box in the attic, then use this simple DIY technique to turn those old brooches into unique napkin rings.
Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the pins and latches from the backside of the brooch. Remove all hinges or anything else from the backside of the jewelry pieces that hinders it from lying flat. Use a large, flat metal file to file down any jagged or sharp spots on the back of the jewelry piece.
Clean the Jewelry
Make the brooches sparkle like new again with a good cleaning. Old jewelry requires an easy touch so none of the faux stone settings will become dislodged. Place jewelry in a bowl of warm water to which a squirt of dish soap has been added and let soak for five minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the settings and remove dust and debris. Rinse in warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
DIY Napkin Rings
Once the hardware is removed, take a piece of medium-grit sandpaper and rough up the backside of the each brooch. Apply a dab of quick-drying epoxy adhesive to back of each piece (working with one piece at a time) and adhere them to simple metal or wood napkin rings. Apply slight pressure until the epoxy has dried. Now you are ready to set a festive table with your own unique DIY napkin rings created from old brooches.
Other DIY Tableware
If you are blessed with an abundance of old charming brooches or other antique costume jewelry, look for more new ways in which to transform the pieces into tableware. Dress up place-card and candle holders by adhering old pieces of jewelry to them. Reflect the lights of a candelabra or chandelier by adding some sparkling jewelry to the light fixture. Hold a small bundle of fresh flower stems together by slipping a ring on them or if the rings are sizable, slip them on the bottom of wine glasses for a little clink and sparkle to go along with each sip.