It’s the season of weddings, celebrations, and impromptu outdoor dinner parties in Charleston. These hand-painted watercolor napkin rings add a quick and easy pop of color to the dinner table without breaking the bank. With the addition of your guests’ names, they also become place cards.

For brides, consider getting your bridesmaids together for a craft night (especially if your invite list is long). It’s always more fun when you have the help of friends, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll finish the project.

Materials Needed
• Watercolor paper cut into 2-inch strips
• Watercolor paints
• Paintbrushes
• Water for rinsing brushes
• Pen
• Double-sided tape

1. Dip brush in water and paint. Apply paint to paper. Don’t feel limited to brush strokes only — spatter and dab the paint onto the paper as well. Try out different paintbrush sizes. Mix colors. Add more water to produce lighter shades.
2. Let paper dry completely.
3. Write names of your guests onto each strip of paper.
4. Roll napkin and wrap paper strip around it. Trim any excess paper and secure with double-sided tape.

Allison Nadeau is one-half of Ink Meets Paper (, a letterpress greeting card company that she runs with her husband Daniel in Park Circle. She is also co-founder of the Charleston Craft Bee (

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