Homemade Napkin Ring Ideas

Blue ribbon and snowflake napkin ring

Napkin rings are often used to set a formal or festive table. Although you can certainly buy a wide variety of napkin rings, you can also make simple to elegant ones yourself. This is a guide about homemade napkin ring ideas.


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Tip: Vampire Teeth Napkin Rings

vampire teeth napkin ringThese napkin rings are perfect for your Halloween party. Simply roll up a napkin and slip a pair of plastic vampire teeth onto the napkin.


Budget-Friendly Decorations for Valentine's Day

Make some budget-friendly decorations (placemats, napkin rings, a paper garland, and heart-shaped confetti) for a special Valentine's dinner with your loved one, using red, white, and pink, with a dash of gold, as the colors of choice. Add a few beads and candles, and voila! the perfect setting for a romantic dinner-for-two.

Approximate Time: 60 minutes


  • three A4-sized pink marbled cardboard sheets
  • three A4-sized sheets of red paper
  • one sheet of white ordinary printer paper
  • pictures of roses
    I used four roses cut from an old piece of wallpaper.
  • three paper lace tray liners
    See http://www.partyatlewis.com/ for a possible supplier.
  • clear Contact paper
  • quick-drying rich gold spray paint
  • pair of standard scissors
  • eraser
  • pencil
  • quick-drying glue
  • a few sheets of old newspaper to protect the working area
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • heart-shaped paper punch
  • optional: candles and beads to complete the setting



    Pink marbled cardboard

  1. Position one of the paper lace tray liners over the long side of a cardboard sheet, so that the lace of the liner will be close to the edge of the cardboard.
  2. Positing lace on cardboard.

  3. Spray a layer of the rich gold paint over the tray liner. This means that the tray liner serves as a stencil.
  4. Carefully lift the tray liner (stencil), so as not to disturb the pattern that has been sprayed onto the cardboard.
  5. Patterns spray painted on cardboard.

  6. Repeat the process on the other long side of the cardboard.
  7. Do the same with a second cardboard, so that you will have made two placemats.
  8. Cut out the roses and decide how they will be placed on the placemats, and glue them in place.
  9. Completed placemat.

  10. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  11. Cover the placemats front and back with the clear Contact paper: ~ see: Craft Project: Christmas Coasters for advice on how to do this.

Napkin rings:

    To make the napkin rings:

  1. Cut two pieces size 2.3 inches x 8.2 inches from the third marbled cardboard.
  2. Place a tray liner on a sheet of newspaper.
  3. Spray the tray liner with a layer of the rich gold paint and let it dry thoroughly.
  4. Cut two strips from the tray liner and glue each of these onto one of the 2.3 inches x 8.2 inches cardboard.
  5. Strips of tray liner glued to cardboard.

  6. Fold each cardboard into a tube to make a napkin ring and glue together where it overlaps.
  7. Glued napkin ring.

Paper garland:

  1. Place the cookie cutter on a sheet of red paper and trace around the edges.
  2. Move the cookie cutter to a different position on the paper and trace around the edges again.
  3. Continue until you have traced as many hearts as possible onto the paper. You should get approximately 12 hearts on a sheet of paper.
  4. Fill the second sheet of red paper with traced hearts too.
  5. Cut out all the hearts and erase any pencil marks.
  6. Use a long tacking stitch on your sewing machine to sew the hearts two-two together to make a garland.
  7. Set of two sewn hearts.

  8. Once you have sewn over the first set of hearts, continue stitching for 10 stitches, so that you will make a string from the thread, and then sew over the second set of hearts. Stitch 10 stitches again, before adding the third set of hearts, then the fourth set, etc.
  9. Continue until all the sets of hearts have been added.
  10. Fold the hearts slightly open to create a three-dimensional effect.
  11. Hearts folded slightly open for 3-D effect.

Heart Confetti:

Use the heart-shaped punch to punch red and white hearts from white and red paper. Completed table setting.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Bunny Napkin Ring

Pink bunny napkin ring.This project is sure to put a smile on the face of each and every dinner guest.

Crafting Time: about 20 minutes

What You Need:

  • paper towel tube
  • scissors
  • pink construction paper
  • pink marker
  • glue
  • wiggle eyes
  • three strands from a broom
  • three pom-poms, two white, one pink
  • pen
  • cotton ball


  1. Cut a two and a half inch piece of cardboard tube. Cover this with pink construction paper.
  2. Draw and cut paws and ears from pink paper. Decorate these with pink marker. Glue one pair of paws to the bottom of the pink cylinder. Glue the second pair of paws to the inside of the pink tube. Glue the ears to the back of the tube.
  3. Glue wiggle eyes to the front of the tube. Glue three broom strands below the eyes for whiskers. Glue the pink and white pom-poms over the whiskers as indicated on photo. Add eyelashes above the eyes and a tiny mouth below the pom-poms with a pen.
  4. Glue a cotton ball to the back of the tube for the tail.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

Christmas Table Napkin Rings

Same display on wood finish background.Festive table napkin rings with a knitted flower embellishment.


Decorated Napkin Rings

Decorated Napkin RingsThis is a fun craft to involve the kids in and they can let their imaginations run wild. It is also a great way to use up some of those old spices you don't use anymore.


Turkey Napkin Rings

Turkey Napkin Ring For ThanksgivingA cute little turkey idea you and your kids can make together to add a little fun to your Thanksgiving table.


Pilgrim Napkin Rings

Pilgrim Napkin Rings For ThanksgivingKids will enjoy making these fun photo napkin rings that can double as place cards.


Christmas Napkin Rings

Christmas Napkin RingsMake these cute napkin rings to add some festive cheer to your Christmas table!


Tip: Lacy Valentine Napkin Rings

Lacy Valentine Napkin RingsFrilly, romantic, inexpensive, simple to make, and so versatile!


  • white flexible wire or white pipe cleaners
  • lace trim
  • narrow velveteen ribbon


You can make these any size or shape you want. For Valentine's Day, of course, you will want to make heart shapes. Experiment with the wire getting the shape and size you want. Cut the wire leaving an extra fourth of an inch to use in bending the ends together when you complete the project. Thread the wire/pipe cleaner through the "channel" which forms the upper edge of the lace trim. As you thread the wire through, push it together to get the desired fullness (generally 2 times the length of the wire is sufficient). Bend the two ends of the wire together. Shape the wire to form a heart with the connection at the bottom. Make a tiny red bow from the ribbon and glue it onto the ruffled heart at the bottom where you joined the ends of the wire.

There are so many ways to use these: as candle rings, napking rings, place card markers with a small piece of paper looped through the heart, etc. They are also pretty scattered on a red tablecloth for a Valentine's celebration.

By using different colored shapes and bows, these can be adapted for many different holidays. They are very pretty as little wreaths to place on the Christmas tree. White lace napkin ring

By Sandy from Elon, NC

Tip: Beautiful PVC Pipe Napkin Rings


  • 1 length of 3/4 inch PVC pipe
  • 1 or 2 bags of flattened marbles colors of your choice
  • 1 tube of silicone caulk (outdoor kind)
  • one hack saw or fine blade on your circular saw


Cut PVC pipe into how ever many napkin rings you want, they need to be cut about 1 inch wide. Glue flattened marbles to PVC. With all of the beautiful colors they have now days you can make these for any holiday or occasion, for a more rustic look you can use polished stones.

By Debra in CO

Butterfly Napkin Rings

Butterfly Napkin RingsUse this beaded napkin ring at your next meal to add a special touch to your place settings.


  • 24 inches of 24 gauge bead wire for each napkin ring
  • colorful beads - small, medium, and large


  1. Cut a 24 inch length of bead wire.
  2. Leaving 2 inches of wire at the end, place 17 beads on the wire for the large wing. Alternate small and medium size beads.
  3. Bend into the shape of a wing.
  4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other large wing.
  5. Place 16 small beads on the wire for a small wing.
  6. Bend into the shape of a smaller wing below one of the large wings.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other small wing.
  8. Shape butterfly and wrap the 2 inches of wire from the beginning around the center of the butterfly 2-3 times to stabilize it.
  9. Connect the ends of the wire by twisting, leaving a loop large enough to fit a napkin in.
  10. Using your glue gun, glue one large bead to the center of the butterfly to cover the wire wrap.
  11. Use these at your next meal to add a special touch to your place settings.

You can even make extras and add them to your centerpiece for a coordinated look.

By Connie Decker Brown

Tip: Homemade Napkin Rings With Raffia

Cut 12 inch pieces of raffia to make napkin rings. Soak the pieces in water or colored RIT dye, then wrap them around cardboard paper towel insert. When dried, they make decorative napkin rings for any occasion.

By Palma

Tip: Cookie Cutters as Napkin Rings

Inexpensive cookie cutters make cute seasonal napkin rings.

By Linda

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Question: Inexpensive Wedding Napkin Rings

How can I make cheap napkin rings for a wedding?

By Bonnie from Lynchburg, VA


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By Al10/22/2010

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