You’ll enjoy making these DIY napkin rings, perfect for a dinner party at home or a holiday gathering! All of these are easy and inexpensive.
I don’t come from a family of people that know how to host parties. I don’t say that to be judgy; we’re just not fancy, by any means. Plus I grew up in a family with five children. Sometimes it’s enough just to get the nice plates out! Plus my mom just isn’t a party type gal. I think she would admit this to you as well.
We did have a china cabinet growing up, and my mother used to bring out the silver and the handpainted-by-my-great-grandmother plates and bowls for Thanksgiving and Christmas only.
Those holidays were the two times of year that we’d actually use cloth napkins along with silver napkin rings. And we felt like royalty!
It was amazing how, even as a child, I noticed that just those two things (the cloth and the silver) made such a huge difference in the vibe of our gatherings. Feeling fancy doesn’t take much, especially when you aren’t party people by birth or trade.
Making Napkin Rings
As an adult, I’ve brought those “fancy feelings” into my own gatherings as much as possible. One thing I always do when people come over (whether it be for something casual or more involved) is bust out the placemats, the cloth napkins, and the napkin rings. Sometimes I will incorporate a table runner.
It’s not much, but just like when I was little, it doesn’t take much to upgrade a celebration just by adding simple items. That’s why, in this post, we’re going to focus on DIY napkin rings!
Napkin rings are the central “pièce de résistance” of a place setting, and here’s the great news: you can make your own. On the cheap. And they look great! I’ve put together a collection for you so that you can get a ton of ideas for the next time you’re feeling fancy!
What can I use for homemade napkin rings?
There’s no end to the materials you can use! If you take a peek at the projects I’ve pulled together, you’ll see the bases are made from toilet paper rolls (which are the perfect size), wire, ribbon, clay, wood beads, yarn, felt, wood, and more.
I highly recommend hitting the Dollar Tree to get supplies. Most of these are made on a crazy low budget!
What is the diameter of napkin rings?
As long as you make them around 1.75″ to 2″ round, you should be fine for most napkins (whether they be cloth or paper). A lot of these use an inexpensive ring as a base for a larger project, which is nice if you don’t want to worry about sizing.
Are you ready to jump into the DIY napkin rings? Scroll down and get the ideas. Then I’d love to hear in the comments if you have ever made your own napkin rings, and how they turned out. Let me know!
DIY Napkin Rings
Learn how to make napkin rings that are perfectly pretty and inexpensive! The great thing about these projects is you can customize them. Use them for holidays or any gathering that you want to make a little fancy.
DIY Napkin Rings Using Dollar Store Supplies
Make DIY napkin rings for fall using an unlikely supply! These are so easy to make, budget friendly and look great on your autumn table.
Make Napkin Rings from Paper Towel Rolls
Use recycled paper towel rolls to make these DIY napkin rings. You'd never guess they were made for pennies! Perfect for the holidays.
DIY D-Ring Ribbon Napkin Rings
Six of these napkin rings were made in under ten minutes! There are so many designs, patterns and colors of ribbon, you could easily make these for every holiday and event of the year.
DIY Wooden Bead Tassel Napkin Rings
Have you ever done a DIY that requires only two supplies? It's hard to find! These beaded tassel napkin rings fit the bill, and are easy enough for beginners. They look great for any time of year.
DIY Floral Napkin Rings
These cute flower napkin rings are perfect for any Spring party, weddings, tea party or brunch! Use faux flowers in any color you like.
DIY Splatter Napkin Rings
Making your own napkin rings out of clay is surprisingly easy (and it’s pretty cost effective too). So they make a great homemade gift or housewarming present for a pal. Learn how to make your own with a splatter technique.
Agate Slice Napkin Rings
Using agate slices for DIY napkin rings is an inexpensive way to turn your pretty table setting into a gorgeous one. Follow this simple tutorial to make your table shine!
Make DIY Napkin Rings From Leather
Learn how to make easy DIY napkin rings from scrap leather. These leather napkin rings are the perfect addition to a summer BBQ, casual outdoor wedding, or rustic holiday table setting.
DIY Succulent Napkin Rings
Dress up your summer table by making some faux succulent napkin rings. Dinner will love these miniature succulent gardens that never need watering!
DIY Beaded Napkin Rings
There are so many things to love about these beaded napkin rings! They don't have to be perfect to look good, which is great for beginning crafters. Also this handmade napkin ring could be a fun take home favor for a casual dinner party or brunch with girlfriends. It doubles as a bracelet!
How To Crochet Napkin Rings
If you want to try a beginning crochet pattern, these napkin rings are perfect. These are so quick and easy to whip up that you can make them in a variety of colors over a weekend to celebrate every occasion.
No Sew Placemat and Napkin Ring
With a little bit of fabric and some Liquid Stitch, you can make these unique napkin rings with toilet paper rolls . . . and then make some matching placemats as well!
Paper Flower DIY Napkin Rings
Learn how to make paper flower napkin rings using the core from an aluminum foil roll! It’s a good way to make one-of-a-kind home decor without breaking the bank and helping Mother Earth by recycling and repurposing as well.
DIY Terrazzo Napkin Rings
DIYs with a terrazzo pattern started popping up a few years ago, and they're still on the rise! Learn how to make these stylish napkin rings with a trendy pattern out of polymer clay.
Easy Scrap Wood Napkin Rings
Do you have scrap wood from other projects? Grab a piece or two and turn them into wood napkin rings. You'll need a table saw, but the tutorial is really simple.
Felt Bow Napkin Rings
Amy made her own napkins with pretty polka dot fabric, then also made the cutest felt napkin rings to go with them! She shares the pattern on her blog so you can make them too.
Pom-Pom Napkin Rings
I love making pom poms! Just about the easiest craft ever. And I love that you can turn them into napkin rings very easily. Such a cute idea!
Bandana Party Napkin Rings
Landee used bandanas to make not only napkin rings for a backyard BBQ, but a party banner as well! This is a great idea; grab your bandanas from the dollar store if you can!
Easy DIY Wire Napkin Rings
Add a little glam to your dining room table with these super simple and inexpensive DIY wire napkin rings. I love that they are made in only three steps.
DIY Easter Bunny Napkin Ring
What I love about these DIY napkin rings is that if you can do them with bunnies, then that means you can customize them with any animal! Perfect for the holidays.
Silverware Napkin Holders
If you're looking for interesting and inexpensive napkin rings, head to the Goodwill for some silverware! Another version of this idea uses flattened spoons with words stamped into them, if you want to take it a step further.
No-Sew Braided Yarn Napkin Rings
Can you braid? Then you can make these napkin rings! Grab some "floofy" yarn in the colors of your choice and get crafting. These will take you minutes to make.
Pressed Leaves in Clay
Use Mod Podge on clay in this gift tag project, that works well for napkin rings when you add baker's twine. Perfect for fall and SO easy to make.
Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings
Check the fairy garden section of your craft store and you might find mini bird's nests and eggs! They are perfect for making napkin rings appropriate for spring and Easter gatherings. So cute.
Embroidery Floss Napkin Rings
These DIY napkin rings remind me of friendship bracelets with the embroidery floss in various colors. They go perfectly with a boho feel for your next gathering.
DIY Faux Ceramic Napkin Rings
Avoid the time and money it takes to make really ceramic napkin rings with this simple tutorial! The secret is a gloss glaze finish.
Upcycle Tin Cans into Napkin Rings
If you love using cloth napkins and want a little fancier ring, make them out of tin cans! You can add shapes by pressing clay into a silicone mold.
DIY Wood Slice Napkin Rings
Learn how to make wood napkin rings using branch slices! Add a little chalkboard paint to personalize. These are so incredibly easy, you are going to be stalking the gardeners in your area for sure.
Berry Garland Napkin Rings
Learn how to make berry garland napkin rings for $1! These are perfect for gatherings at any time of year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Dollar Tree Farmhouse Napkin Rings
Learn how to make farmhouse style napkin rings using Dollar Tree supplies! All you need to know how to do is operate a hot glue gun.
Nautical Napkin Rings
These simple nautical napkin rings are really easy to make, and perfect for using with colorful napkins! While they have a summer vibe, they could also be used into fall and Thanksgiving.
Tassel Napkin Rings
I can't get enough of tassels! I think they are perfect for decorating, even with DIY napkin rings. These pretty yellow ones look great with blue napkins.
Pony Bead Napkin Rings
Threading pipe cleaners with beads is a good small motor skill for kids - the perfect reason for them to make these napkin rings. Great for the kids table at Thanksgiving.
Wood Slice Napkin Rings
What do I love about these napkin rings? You can use them any time of year! Winter, spring, summer, or fall - these will look great on your dining table (with any pattern of napkin as well!).
Wood Bead Napkin Rings
These wood bead napkin rings are a perfect addition to any Easter table - but they can be used all spring as well!
Pinata Napkin Rings for Cinco de Mayo
Make these easy piñata inspired napkin rings to add fun color to your Cinco de Mayo tablescape! Honestly, I would keep these out all spring.
Dollar Tree Summer Napkin Rings
You can finish this DIY napkin ring summer craft in less than 5-minutes . . . and enjoy the cute results by dinner tonight! These are perfect for a backyard BBQ, and you won't believe what they are made out of.
Halloween Napkin Rings with Googly Eyes
These monster themed Halloween napkin rings are fun for both adults and children to make! Perfect for a spooky soirée, and inexpensive to do.
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