Dark/Light – Solstice Napkin Rings (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , December 22, 2008 9:44 am

Here I am, better late than never!  After a very busy day of cooking yesterday in preparation for last night’s winter solstice get-together with friends, I am finally able to post our Weekly Unplugged Project.

The theme this week is Dark/Light, in honor of the solstice (be it winter or summer depending on your hemisphere).

We made solstice napkin rings that, in all the excitement, we actually forgot to use.  Oops.

First we gathered “nature-colored” beads and pipecleaners, or at least as close to nature colored as we could find (I am not sure that that shade of green pipecleaner really exists in nature, except perhaps in Ireland!).

We strung them on the pipecleaners.

Then we twisted the ends together to form a ring (make sure the size is big enough to hold a cloth napkin).

We curled the loose ends of the pipecleaner around a pencil:

We discovered that the curly ends made a great holder for some pine needles!

This was simple, fun, and even my two year-old could do it.

You could make Christmas ones with red and green pipecleaners and tinsel or holly in the curly bit, or how about summer ones with a flower stuck in there?


Did you join in this week’s Unplugged Project?  If so, then please link to your post (not just your blog) in Mr. Linky below.  That way, readers will always be able to easily find your project post.  If you didn’t join in, but like the idea of it, please do not link, but read more about how to join us here.


The theme for next week’s Unplugged Project will be:

Wrapping Paper

What can you do to recycle some of that holiday wrapping paper after it has been ripped off the gifts?  I can’t wait to see your creative ideas!

Happy Holidays!


5 Responses to “Dark/Light – Solstice Napkin Rings (Weekly Unplugged Project)”

  1. shawna says:

    Stringing things is always a great activity! I love that they hold pine needles, too. Happy solstice to you!

    shawnas last blog post..Unplugged #10: Light and Dark

  2. Lorna says:

    We have made some very expensive tasting chocolate truffles. Some are rolled in powdered sugar or almonds (light) and some are rolled in cocoa or dipped in melted in chocolate (dark). Despite their expensive and ‘grown-up’ taste, they are very simple to make as a last minute gift.

    Lornas last blog post..Last minute present for a very special person

  3. Alicia says:

    The napkin rings look fun and easy! We have a billion beads so it would be a good project to do here.

    Alicias last blog post..Winter Solstice

  4. I’m sorry to hear that the holidays are tough for you. It can be hard creating new traditions, but your kids will love them.

    I added my link because it was Winter Solstice, although we focused on warm/cold when the theme was light/dark (oh my brain fails me often!). Hope that was okay.

    Julie K in Taiwans last blog post..Winter Solstice Food – Tang Yuan

  5. Melitsa says:

    String bead activity sounds just about right for us. We might try some sequences. We tried paint. Lots of fun.

    Melitsas last blog post..Unplugged project: Dark/light

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