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How to Make an Easter Shiplap Napkin Holder

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Thank you to RYOBI tools for sending a scroll saw for Amanda to use! 

After lots of practice, I finally feel like I got the hang of my scroll saw that RYOBI was nice enough to send to me (THANK YOU!). I had a friend request some shiplap chargers (I’ll have a tutorial for those soon!) and after I was done with that I had some extra shiplap wood left over.

I hated for it to go to waste so I got the idea to make some cute Easter bunnies and make a napkin holder! I liked this idea because it just a small nod to Easter and was a quick project.

DIY Easter napkin holder tutorial

Here is what you need:
  • 1 sheet of ¼ inch plywood
  • 1 1/4inch slats 3 inches wide
  • Wood glue
  • Scroll saw

First, I started by making my shiplap. I took my piece of plywood and using my wood glue, glued my slats to it. It doesn’t matter how far or how close you want the slats. I taped some cardboard pieces together that I placed in between the slats to have the same distance between all of them without having to stop and measure each time. Once you have a slat down sit a large book on top of it to hold it in place.

Easter napkin holder - shiplap - Splendry

Repeat for as many slats as you want. I originally made these for my shiplap platters so I covered the entire plywood board with my slats. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Easter shiplap napkin holder - Splendry

Then I printed off a picture of a bunny I wanted to use. Using my projector (you can read more about my projector here ) I copied the pictured on the board. My bunnies where about 8 inches tall, but you can make yours however tall you would like.

Using my RYOBI scroll saw I cut the bunnies out. The more detail the cuts and the more turns your pieces has, the slower your scroll saw needs to go.

Also, while it’s important to keep your hands clear of the blade, I found it’s easier to control the wood and make better cuts if your hands are closer to the blade and the guide.

After I made the bunnies I cut an extra slat 6.5 inches long. Then using 80 grit sand paper I sanded all the edges. I painted all the wood white except where I was going to put wood glue; the bottom inside of the bunnies and the long edge of the slates. Wood glue sticks better to unpainted wood.

Easter shiplap napkin holder - Splendry

Once I was done gluing, I used clamps to keep the bunnies in place. I left it clamped overnight.

Easter napkin holder from shiplap - Splendry

That is it!! This was super easy and it gave me another reason to use my scroll saw. I loved how it turned out!

Easter shiplap napkin holder - Splendry

Originally published March 19, 2018

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