Elevate your napkins with DIY Bee-Jeweled Napkin Rings and create napkin rings for less than the luxe designer ones they’re inspired by. They make an easy and sparkling addition to your table that everyone will be buzzing about!
Regular readers know I love all things *bee*! 🐝
I’ve been admiring (ok, coveting ;) these jeweled bee napkin rings
from Joanna Buchanan for a while now. . .
They range from 2 for $68 to 4 for $88 or $98 depending on the style.
I love the luxe designer look, but the price tag not so much.
I thought it would *bee* fun to make some bejeweled
or bee-jeweled 🐝 napkin rings for less!
This is more an assembly project than craft project.
You can complete 6 napkin rings in about 20 minutes, plus drying time for your adhesive,
which takes 24 hours to cure.
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I found a set of 6 jeweled bee brooches on Amazon.
For the napkin rings themselves, I used black beaded napkin rings to contrast
with the gold sparkling wings and jet and rhinestone jeweled bodies.
In addition to your bee brooches and napkin rings,
you’ll need a pair of side cutting pliers and some adhesive;
I used E6000.
Start by snipping off the “stinger” of your bee with side cutting pliers
so you don’t get stung in the process.🐝 ;)
After cutting off the ‘stinger’, snip the pin clasp and other pieces on the back of the bee brooch,
that prevent it from sitting flat.
You want the back to have as flat a surface as possible for good contact and best adhesion
to your napkin ring.
The metal on the back of these particular brooches was pretty strong,
so I wiggled the pliers back and forth a bit
to help bend the metal to break and snipped it.
Depending on the design of your brooch, you want to ‘wiggle’ cautiously
so you don’t loosen some of the stones on the wings or body your bee.
When all the pieces were snipped off,
I placed the napkin rings on a dish towel
to keep them stable, while gluing the bees in place.
I placed a little glue in the middle and on the bottom end of the pin.
E6000 starts getting tacky in approximately 2 minutes and begins setting in about 10 minutes.
Let your napkin rings sit undisturbed for 24 hours for the adhesive to cure. . .
. . . *bee* patient! 🐝
Mine were secure after 24 hours but E6000 packaging reads: “Maximum bond strength may not be reached for up to 72 hours with temperature and humidity affecting dry time.”
I only showed four here as I kept two of the napkin rings
to play with different bee pin designs. . .
The total for the cost of 6 black beaded napkin rings and 6 bee pins was $29,
so about $5 each; no crafting skills required and luxe look for less!
You can vary and customize these napkin rings using metal, resin or beaded rings
as your base and the jewelry of your choice.
Shop discount stores and thrift shops for costume jewelry or
raid your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box. . .
. . .with their permission of course. *Bee* creative!
Black and White Check Round Placemats & Bee Napkins / Crown Linen Designs
Ciroa Buffalo Check Dinner Plates / HomeGoods, several years ago
Honeycomb Bee Salad Plates / Williams-Sonoma, used HERE
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Those napkin rings are bee-utiful !
I love these and ideas for making others. I also appreciate that you give us all of the sources-the glue, etc. You have got me thinking…
Definitely a high-end finish and absolutely stunning place setting. Wow!
Oh, honey, YOU MADE my day!!! I luv this…just think of the endless possibilities………franki
Very clever Mary, and yours are just as “beeutiful!!!!” What did we ever do before Amazon?
Mary, your bee napkin rings are 🐝 bee-to-ful. Love the luxe design of them. A great project to achieve a high end look without breaking the bank.
Mary, your bee napkin rings are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing, and though I gave up crafting years ago, this is easy and doable! Happy Monday!
These are fantastic! Great job. Definitely accomplished that luxe look without breaking the bank. Love it! Pinning. Those napkins too 🤩!!! TY for the inspiration. XO- MaryJo
Oh Mary you are so clever! I love how you designed your own beeutiful napkin rings so you could afford and enjoy them. I will definitely be making these. Thank you once again for a fun beautiful project!
I love this idea for napkin rings and so fun. Thank you for sharing!
I love your beautiful projects!! Gorgeous Bee napkin rings!!
Wow, Mary, what a savings and I love yours even more than the designer version! They turned out so incredibly 🐝-utiful! You’re so talented!
Love your’s more! So adorable! Your creativity is always inspiring!
Oh Mary! This is so delightful!! I love it!! Great job!!!
So beautiful and I also love the plates!!
Beautiful! So very creative.
wow, so gorgeous, and very expensive looking! What a perfect idea to put these together. So many ways you can go with this concept! You find the most amazing items and embellishments on Amazon!
Mary, you have shown us some amazing tablescapes over the years, but this is a favorite.
These are gorgeous Mary and love your creativity! I don’t think I ever would have thought to use bee brooches lol. They look awesome with the CL linens and those stunning WS bee plates. Just lovely!
Everything you share is beeutiful and so darn cute!