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DIY Jeweled Napkin Rings for Less

You might not use napkin rings often, but you should. They add a touch of color and elegance to even a weeknight meal without much effort. Plus, they’ll also encourage you to use linen napkins, which means less waste.

This simple tutorial takes paper tubes and turns them into richly dressed table décor that’s functional for a whole lot less than a bag of Bounty napkins will cost you!


acrylic faux jewels – assorted
glue gun and hot glue sticks
X-acto knife
empty cardboard paper towel, toilet paper, or wrapping paper tubes
satin ribbon
cloth napkins


Step 1: Using your cardboard tube, ruler and marker, make a notch every two inches. Cut cardboard tube into rings by slicing across at each marked point with your x-acto knife. You’ll need one ring for each place setting, so multiple tubes may be required depending on the number of guests. Use care when working with the knife.

Step 2: Place a drop of hot glue on the inside of one end of your ribbon and affix it to the outside of the first ring, holding both vertically. Wrap the ribbon around the inside of the ring and out again, staggering the ribbon to overlap and pulling it taught as you go. Always be careful when using hot glue. Add more glue to the underside of the ribbon when the ribbon is on the exterior and press in place. Continue adding more glue and wrapping the ribbon until all of the cardboard is covered. Trim your ribbon, leaving enough extra so that the end can be tucked into the inside of the ring. Add a last drop of hot glue to this end and press in place inside of the ring.

Step 3: Select the jewels you would like for the exterior of the ring – using all one color makes for a nice unified designed, but if you want something funkier feel free to alternate sizes, shapes and color. Smaller stones work best with the curve of the ring. Add a drop of hot glue to your first stone and press it to the outside of the ring. Continue with each stone, staggering them as desired.  Repeat steps one through three for each napkin holder until you have enough for your table setting.

Step 4: When you’re ready to party, roll up a cloth napkin and thread the napkin holder around it. Place one at each setting -- bon appetite!

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