Cooking Tips + Kitchen Tips How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner PartyHere’s how to make napkin rings to add a little crafty touch to your table.

We don’t use a ton of paper towels around here, but there are certain jobs that still have me reaching for the roll. See: cleaning the cat box. Any toilet paper roll craft works just as well with a paper towel roll. You just cut that tube in half or thirds, and you’re ready to rock! You can get six to eight DIY napkin rings from one paper towel tube, depending on how wide you cut them.

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If you don’t have paper towel tubes, you can also make these DIY napkin rings from toilet paper rolls. You’re going to cover and seal them, so don’t worry about the ick factor too much here.

How to Make Napkin Rings


  • 1 paper towel tube or two toilet paper rolls – Get all of the bits of paper off before you start.
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • white paint and a paint brush or white spray paint
  • washi tape in colors/patterns of your choice
  • Matte Mod Podge + paint brush


1. Cut your paper tube into approximately 1″ wide rings. You’ll end up with 6-8 pieces. It’s OK if the tube gets a little bit smushed during the cutting process. Just shape the rings. Once you paint, cover, and Mod Podge, your perfect little circles will be back.

How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

2. Paint your tubes white, inside and out. You can either use your paint brush and white acrylic paint or white spray paint. Your choice! Either way, let those rings dry completely.

How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

3. Cover your rings with washi tape. Unless you are the most accurate cutter in town, your tape is going to stick up above the top of your paper rings. That’s ok! Just lay the tape, then use your scissors to carefully trim off the excess.

4. Paint the insides and outsides with your Mod Podge. Let the rings dry completely, then do a second coat of Mod Podge. Let them dry overnight before setting your DIY napkin rings on the table.

Republished with permission from Crafting a Green World.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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