I’ve just discovered an amazing website: Crafty Shapes. It sells plain, unfinished wooden shapes ready to paint, varnish, embellish etc – and it’s opened up a whole world of crafting possibilities! I’m going to get the wooden napkin rings (just £1.95 for four), then paint them with blackboard paint (£10.99 for 750ml, International Paints) and use them instead of place cards or to add quirky messages to table settings.

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Napkin rings, Colloco, but now discontinued, so get crafting! Image: Living Etc

I am so excited about this. Maybe I need to get out more!? These blackboard napkin rings would be great for handmade gifts too – you could put six in a little box with a pack of retro chalk (95p for 12 sticks, Dotcomgiftshop) for a cheap and designer-style present – or make loads for wedding place markers/favours. Craft JOY! – Ellie

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