Sunday, May 13, 2012

Upcycled Napkin Rings

I have been enamored with making these upcycled t-shirt roses lately and thought, I wonder how they would look with Terri Sproul's Mixers on them...let me tell you...they are FANTASTIC! These fabric flowers can be used for a variety of applications--hair and fashion accessories, paper crafting, and fabric crafting. I chose to use my flower to embellish a napkin ring for a fun spring table.

For this project you will need:
tshirt & pattern
paintbrush, scissors and hot glue gun
small piece of felt
paper towel tube

Trace your pattern onto a recycled t-shirt. You need 9 flowers for this project. Paint the edges of the flowers with Terri Sproul's Orange Pearl mixed with crystal lacquer. Then paint the inside with the Pink Pearl Mixer mixed with crystal lacquer. Trim out the flower just inside the pattern line. Paint the underneath edge of the petals with Pink Pearl Mixer.

Fold up 8 of the flowers in the same manner. First fold in half so that the petals stagger. Then fold in half again.

With the remaining flower, fold it in half so that the petals stagger. Mark the "center". Began rolling up the flower from the right using the "center" as the tip of the cone that is made by rolling up the flower. Once the flower bud is complete, add a touch of hot glue to hold it in place. Curl the edges of the petals--the crystal lacquer give the petals stiffness to hold the curl.

Place a dot of hot glue on the felt. Add 4 folded petals to the felt so that each petal takes up one-fourth of the felt. I placed the petals in the same direction all the way around.Next add another dot of hot glue on top of the layer of the 4 folded flowers. Continue in the same fashion only have the petals center over the seams of the petals underneath. When all 4 of the second layer of petals are in place, add a dot of glue and hold the flower bud into place in the center. Add short lines of glue to the flat surfaces of the 2nd layer and bring the petal up to adhere to the bud to "fluff" the flower up. Add as many as necessary to shape the flower. Once you are happy with the shape of the flower, curl under all the petals to make the flower look more rose-like.

A dusting of Terri Sproul's Ultra Fine Glitter gives the petals that extra sparkle I love...I thinly touched the edges of the petals with crystal lacquer to get the glitter to adhere to the flower.

To create a ring worthy of my upcycled t-shirt flower, I started with a paper towel tube that I cut into 1¼" sections. I adhered a piece of yellow t-shirt to the tube with crystal lacquer, folding under the cut edges for a more finished look. Pink Pearl Mixer was added to the ring to help it match the rose.

A simple leaf was fashioned from a piece of grosgrain ribbon and the leaves and flower was attached to the napkin ring with hot glue.
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making upcycled t-shirt roses with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul's Mixers.


  1. Great project... Love to upcycle!

  2. Hi Leslie Love this sweetie and enjoyed your show

    Hugs and Love Bev Thank you so much