DIY Holiday Napkin Rings

December 11, 2013 | by Kathryn (email) |

I love Christmas. I love the glitz and glamour, the twinkling lights, the presents, Christmas services, Christmas music and the true joy of Christmas, Christ. I can’t wait to entertain company during Christmas. There’s something about a decorated house, with a beautiful table, the smell of delicious food and the company of friends and family to warm my heart.

Today I want to share with you some simple DIY holiday napkin rings and pains that I made to dress up the table a little.

napkins and rings from One Project Closer

We use these napkins for our Sunday advent candle lighting dinners with the kids but these would be excellent for a Christmas dinner, New Year’s party or just to funk up an ordinary meal.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

How to Make Cloth Napkins

I don’t know about you, but I am always shocked by how expensive napkins can be. To spend $5-10 on a napkin makes me want to run into the woods and hide from the madness! And then there are the napkin rings which can cost more than the napkins. You may as well forget about it! It’s madness…pure madness I say!

So when I was at a local fabric store the other day, I saw some fun red chevron fabric and Fell. In. Love. After stroking the fabric for a few minutes, I actually left the store the first time telling myself I didn’t need it but then the next day I found myself drifting into the parking space and throwing that fabric on the table and asking for 1/2 a yard (well .4 meters up here in Canada).

I just knew they’d be perfect for napkins, so I ran from the department store’s napkin madness and made my own.

Each napkin and ring together cost about $2.

Here’s what you need.

  • 1/2 yard of 56 inch wide fabric (to make 4-5 napkins)
  • sewing machine
  • iron and board
  • scissors

Step 1: Cut Your Fabric

I cut my fabric into 5 – 11 inch strips. My finished napkins are smaller than most napkins, measuring at 10 x 21 inches. But for me and my family these are fine. (You could cut your fabric into 4 sections measuring 13 x 21 inches instead to have more square ones.)

Step 2: Press the Seams

Then, I just did a rolled seam of about 1/4 inch wide and pressed it down.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

Step 3: Sew

Then I took that freshly pressed hem and whipped it through the sewing machine.

I pressed and sewed each edge of the fabric separately. It went really fast.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

Making the Rings

For these you will need:

  • a foot of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • chop saw
  • sand paper
  • spray paint
  • garnishes

Step 1: Cut

Cut your PVC pipe into 3/4 inch pieces. PVC splinters as it cuts so make sure you wear safety goggles and you will have to sand the edges if they are too jagged.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

Step 2: Spray paint

I’m in love with Krylon’s Short Cuts in gold. It’s a beautiful colour and dries super quickly.

Step 3: Garnish

Add a little garnish to your napkin ring. I had a berry wreath that I knew wouldn’t be too sad if I cut a few berries off of her. You could take a few sprigs off your own wreath or grab some greenery off of a bush outside or I’m sure they have cute things at your local hobby store.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

See how much a little garnish adds to the ring!

picture 7 - with and without berries

Once the rings are ready, then you are ready to party.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

Even when they are not being used, these napkins and rings can add such life to your Christmas decor.

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

DIY Napkin Rings and Napkins from One Project Closer

I hope you feel inspired to go out and make your own napkins and rings for a fraction of the cost of buying them.

Have a blessed Christmas.







Kat from Blessed Life Atop a Cake Stand is one of our new OPC Contributors.

9 Responses
  1. These are so pretty and that red and white chevron fabric is GORGEOUS!!

  2. Angie @ CCC says:

    I love those! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jocie says:

    Yay, I love these Kat! I’m so excited you shared this! 🙂

  4. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    These are striking!!

  5. Gwen says:

    I love that fabric! It’s awesome!

  6. Using PVC pipe for the napkin rings is genius and I love the red chevron napkins you made. Pinned!

  7. Vanessa says:

    I absolutely love everything about these two projects! What a beautiful pop of color for any table!

  8. Get out! You made napkin rings from black pvc pipe? I never would have thought of that. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    And for the tutorial on napkin making. They can be so expense!

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