Fast Mache Christmas Tree Napkin Rings Designed By Lyneen Jesse
First, I have been working with ACTÍVA Fast Mache. I have decided to make napkin rings for my Christmas dinner table! I will be using candy molds purchased for crafting. I will be pressing the Fast Mache into the mold. Fast Mache is a fast drying instant paper mache and perfect for projects that you don't have days to wait to dry.
ACTÍVA Fast Mache
Container for water
Craft mat - protect the table
To finish: Dew Drops, Glitter, Paint
There are several recipes for mixing ACTÍVA Fast Mache, per instructions for pressing in molds I used 3 parts Fast Mache to 1 part water. Pour the ingredients directly into a plastic bag and mix well.
Dust the candy mold lightly with corn starch, tap out the excess.
Work the Fast Mache mixture into the mold, set aside to dry. Once dry gesso and paint, then decorate!!! Can't wait to show them to you!
With ridge wrap I made the rings for my napkin rings on the tube from a paper towel roll.
I wrapped the tube of the paper towel roll with plastic wrap.
When they had set, the plastic wrap slid off the roll easily and the plastic wrap
released from the ring without sticking.
Wet Ridge Wrap thoroughly in the bowl of warm water, remove excess water.
Wrap around the tube overlapping each ring twice to create a thicker ring.
When applying, rub the Ridge Wrap to help close the plaster holes in the wrap.
Set aside to dry!!!!
Paint the inside and out with Gesso and dry.
Apply a gel medium on the inside and out, dry. Apply a second layer of gel medium to the outside of the ring only and sprinkle with Glitter, dry.
Over the Glitter apply a thick layer of gel medium to seal the glitter on the ring (don't want any glitter on the plates or in the food). At first it will look like you have ruined the glitter...
Let the last layer of gel medium dry thoroughly
NOW FOR THE TREES!
After the trees have set over night, release them from the candy mold, they still will be
damp and needed to complete drying.
While they were slightly damp, use an emery board to gently sand the edges
removing any rough edges.
Once completely dried and sanded, prime the trees with Gesso.
Paint the trees green... I didn't have green paint, so I mixed a blue and
yellow from my Art Anthology Acrylic Paints.
Add snow to the trees with a snow marker and heat gun!
While waiting for the rings to dry, add Dew Drops to the trees.
Glue the trees to the rings and dry.
Hope you are inspired to create Christmas décor for your table!