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Cheap and Adorable Do-It-Yourself Napkin Rings

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

These are beautiful napkin holders that look like jewelry rings!

These are beautiful napkin holders that look like jewelry rings!

Shopping for dining accessories can be expensive. Even items like napkin rings can take a serious bite out of your budget. Make your next dinner party extra special by dressing up the table with one of these easy do-it-yourself projects. It's easy to make beautiful custom napkin rings in an afternoon with a few simple crafting supplies. Choose whimsical or sophisticated napkin rings that are sure to impress your guests.

Fabric or Paper Napkin Rings

Accumulate several cardboard tubes from spent paper towel rolls. Cut the cardboard tubing into 2-inch rings. Cut strips of wrapping paper, wallpaper or fabric of your choosing to cover the tubes. Coat the outside surface of the tube with a layer of glue to affix the fabric or paper. Tuck the raw edges inside the ends of the tube and secure with glue.

You can cut paper towel cardboard rolls. Glue on burlap, fabric or colorful paper to create fun napkin rings.

You can cut paper towel cardboard rolls. Glue on burlap, fabric or colorful paper to create fun napkin rings.

Beaded Napkin Rings

Purchase a package of assorted glass beads and jewelry wire. Cut 6-inch lengths of wire for your napkin rings. Form a small loop at one end of the wire with jewelry pliers. String the beads onto the wire and close the other end with another small loop. Wrap the beaded wire around your napkins to create a sparkling addition to any dinner party.

Crystal cut beads can be made fancy bling napkin rings.

Crystal cut beads can be made fancy bling napkin rings.

Tissue Flower Napkin Rings

To make each flower cut four sheets of tissue paper into rectangles that are 5 inches wide by 10 inches long. Stack the sheets and fold them into narrow accordion pleats. Cinch the center with a piece of floral wire. Make a small loop of wire on the backside of the flower. Trim each end of the tissue paper into a point. Gently separate the tissue layers. Use a ribbon to tie around your napkin.

You can cut tissue paper pom pom flowers for spring and summer napkin rings.

You can cut tissue paper pom pom flowers for spring and summer napkin rings.

Wire Napkin Rings

Purchase 18-gauge silver, copper or brass wire from the craft or hardware store. Cut the wire into desired lengths. Form swirls by holding each end of the wire with the needle-nose pliers and forming concentric circles. Leave a long straight section between the swirls to wrap around the napkin. Use a piece of PVC pipe to shape the wire onto a ring.

Use round-nose pliers for jewelry tools to create simple and inexpensive copper, gold and silver wire napkin rings.

Use round-nose pliers for jewelry tools to create simple and inexpensive copper, gold and silver wire napkin rings.

Nature-Inspired Napkin Rings

You can purchase small pine cones and acorns from a craft store. Better yet, explore nature and gather your own supply. Begin by wrapping inexpensive plastic or wooden napkin rings with narrow brown or burgundy satin ribbon. Secure each end of the ribbon to the napkin ring with a dab of hot glue. Glue the tiny pine cones or acorns in the center of each napkin rings.

Holiday woodland-inspired napkin rings are rustic pinecones and sprigs of evergreen.

Holiday woodland-inspired napkin rings are rustic pinecones and sprigs of evergreen.

Additional 10 DIY Napkin Rings

1. Yarn Pom Napkin Rings: Make your own poms for these cutesy napkin rings.

2. Chalk Napkin Rings: Use chalkboard paint and make them from craft wooden rings into individual napkin rings.

3. Holiday Tinsel Napkin Rings: Sparkle tinsel is good for Christmas projects. Making napkin rings definitely deserve lots of holiday cheer.

4. Use Napkin Rings To Make Fresh Flowers: Buy fresh flowers from the grocery store or from your own flower garden. These rings are fragrant and beautiful.

5. Napkin Rings for Present Bows: Get ribbons and bows for simple rings. Give your guests their dinner napkin rings for their holiday gifts.

6. Leather Napkin Rings: Warm and natural these napkin holders are plain enough to use for the guests arrive.

7. PVC Napkin Rings: Cut the PVC pipes and paint them with metallic colors to turn something very ordinary into something classy.

8. Make Glitzy Napkin Bands: Use hot glue to add sequins and rhinestones on the napkin rings.

9. Get Paint Chip Strips: Go to the hardware store and choose paint chip colors and make them into napkin rings.

10. Make Clay Napkin Rings: Purchase craft clay and create napkin rings and bake the clay in the oven.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Linda Chechar

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Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 05, 2020:

This is such a great idea and it allows you do design napkin rings depending on what type of event you are hosting.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 18, 2020:

Abby, definitely try the napkin rings when it is time for entertaining. Hope it will be sometime during the next months or 2021.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 18, 2020:

Great ideas. I will have to try them the next time I entertain, but with COVID I'm not sure when.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 02, 2020:

Eman Abdallah, so glad you liked the cute napkin rings. They are so fun to make!

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on April 02, 2020:

So beautiful ideas and easy to make. Thank you, Linda, for sharing these ideas.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 02, 2020:

Fourwaystoyummy, love these napkin rings ideas. It makes the home dinner table casual and formal!

Fourwaystoyummy from Coupeville WA on April 02, 2020:

Very nice ideas and table setting and manners are part of the joy of enjoying food.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 02, 2020:

Liz, creating these types of napkin rings can keep us home while isolating.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 01, 2020:

This is a very timely article, as many, stuck at home, are looking for craft projects and mealtimes are becoming more significant in lockdown.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 01, 2020:

Mitara N, so glad you liked this article!

Mitara N from South Africa on April 01, 2020:

Awesome idea, so quick to make and will always be in use.

Thanks for sharing

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