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Make Your Own Napkin Rings

You can make elegant napkin rings for your next dinner party for very little money, using ribbon and cardboard tubes. It's easy!
If you like money-saving decorating ideas, check out Cheap and Easy Placemat and Napkin Ideas and Baker's Dough Cornucopia Centerpiece
Thanksgiving napkin rings You will need:
  • Paper towel or toilet paper tubes
  • Narrow ribbon (1/4"), raffia or material strips
  • 1" - 2" wide ribbon (wire edged is best)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush or sponge brush
  • Craft glue
  • Small silk fs or other decorations
Cut a toilet paper tube into thirds, so you have three equal rings. This is the size I like best for napkin rings, but you can make yours thinner or fatter if you prefer. You may want to measure and draw lines before cutting, but since the rings will be covered it's not necessary to be TOO precise.

Paint the inside and outside of the rings. (I like to use a shiny metallic acrylic paint that will shine through the ribbon.) Allow paint to dry completely, then decorate.

Napkin RingsDecorating Ideas:

  • Cut about a 4 foot length of the narrow ribbon. Glue one end to the inside of the tube. Wrap the remaining ribbon around and around the tube, leaving a small space between each wrap if you want the paint beneath to show through. Finish by tying a wider piece of ribbon around the ring and tying a bow.
  • Glue lace around the edges of the tube. Attach small silk fs with hot glue or craft glue.
  • Cover the ring completely with a lacy ribbon or strip of material.
  • Glue on decorations, such as ceramic country critters (ducks, geese, teddy bears, etc.)
  • Wrap pipe cleaners around the tube, leaving a small space between each wrap so the paint shows through. (Use a contrasting color paint.)
    Napkin Rings
  • Buy wire edged ribbon that's about the same width as your rings. Cut about an 8" length. Starting on one side, grip the end of the wire and pull to gather the ribbon material. Repeat on the other side. Glue the gathered ribbon to the outside of your ring.
  • Wrap silk fs with long stems tightly around the rings. (You may need to wrap the stems tightly around a piece of doweling or metal tubing first, then as it relaxes it should fit to your ring.)
  • Decoupage pretty pictures to the tubes. Spray with varnish to "finish".
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