homemade napkin rings

Do you love the holidays as much as my family does? It isn’t all about the gifts… I love the season over all. From the stories at church, to decorations at home and seeing the lights around the town. We just love the holidays.

Each year I try to come up with new ideas on how we can decorate without spending a fortune. This year I thought I would share a few ideas. This year you too can make these “fancy” napkin rings using using just cardboard tubes and wrapping paper. You don’t have to be the craftiest person in the world to be able to accomplish this task. All you have to be able to do is cut and glue.

You can do that right? 🙂

christmas napkins square

Supplies needed:

  • Metallic looking wrapping paper with each side a different color. (You can find these at Walmart, Target, and most dollar stores)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Cardboard Tubing (you can use paper towel tubes, gift wrap tubes or toilet paper tubes)easy to make christmas napkin rings


Step 1: Cut the Cardboard tubes

red and silver napkin rings step 1 and 2

Take the cardboard tubing and cut it into approximately one inch rings. It is ok to flatten the tubes some when you cut them, just be sure when you are done cutting them you shape them back.

Step 2: Cut the Wrapping paper into 1 inch strips.

red silver napkin rings step 3 and 4

Now you need to cut the wrapping paper in to one inch strips. If they are not exact it is ok, just try and get the around that size. You will need two strips for each ring.

Step 3: Glue the Strips to the rings.

Two Color Rings Step 5

To start the wrapping we need to secure one end of a strip to the cut tube. To do this use small dot of hot glue.

Step 4: Wrap the paper around the rings.

Two Color Rings Step 6

Now we can start wrapping it around the ring. Each time you run a piece inside the ring do a small twist of it. By doing that you will flip it over and you will end up with alternating colors on the out side of the ring. When you run out just start the next piece just like you did the first. When you have the ring fully wrapped end the tail of the wrap so it is on the inside and secure it with a dab of hot glue. Your ring will look similar to the one below.

Two Color Rings Step 7

Step 5: Slide in a cloth napkin.

diy napking rings

Add in a napkin and your holiday table just got fancy!! No folding necessary. 😉  Now you have yourself a fancy napkin ring with very little effort and very little money.

Remember – decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out our other  DIY ideas here.

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