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DIY Napkin Rings for Cheap Dinner Party Decor

Napkin rings obviously won’t make a party, but they do add a very special touch to your dinner table. And because these rope napkin rings are made with an upcycled base from paper towel rolls, you can make as many as you want for just the price of some rope.

This project is also easy to customize for different themes. For an organic feel or a nautical motif, use a natural fiber rope. For a more modern take, try colorful synthetic rope and pair it with a crisp white napkin—or a printed one, like with a graphic geometric pattern. It’s the cheap finishing touch for a dinner party that looks anything but!


  • Paper towel rolls
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon


Step 1: Cut strands of rope to the circumference of a paper towel roll. You will need three strands of rope per napkin ring, so plan according to your table setting.



Step 2: Use a serrated knife to cut rings off of a paper towel roll. The width of the ring should be slightly smaller than the width of 3 strands of rope side by side, so that the cardboard interior is less visible from the outside. For example, I cut my paper towel rings to 13/16”, and the width of the 3 strands of rope was just over 1”.



Step 3: With hot glue, attach one piece of rope around the middle of the ring.



Step 4: Then, attach another strand on each side.



Step 5: Disguise the rough ends by gluing a piece of ribbon around the seam. You can then display the napkin rings with the ribbon to the front or to the back.



Step 6: Pair with a fun patterned napkin & enjoy the special addition to your dinner party decor!


The organic texture of these rope napkin rings looks great combined with a bamboo table runner and an upcycled simple yet elegant centerpiece.

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