Napkin rings are the punctuation to a table setting; they finish the look and complete to the tone. But they tend to be expensive as even the cheap ones are a few dollars a piece. To create an inexpensive alternative you can use a regular, plain ol' paper towel roll.This project was inspired by Renee's DIY Napkin Rings over at Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor. Thanks Renee!
You Will Need:
Paper towel roll or any other type of cardboard roll
6 strips of unrolled paper twist, 15" long
Cord or ribbon
The first step is to cut your roll to size. You can use any type of cardboard roll you desire. I cut mine down the center and then in 1-3/4" wide sections since the roll was 11" long total.
Next, wrap your unrolled paper twist around each section. It was easiest to wrap and then glue. Once you've completely covered the cardboard, hot glue the ends and any lose sections.
Adding the buttons and loops was the tricky part. Use the smallest hole punch you have to punch a hole centered about 1/4" away from each edge. Use a short piece of cord through the holes and your button and feed the back of the cord through one hole. Knot several times until it it is larger that the hole.
Next, use a longer piece of cord and tie a loop. Push the loop end up through the empty hole, leaving the knotted end inside. Both inside knots could also be hot glued into place if desired.
Then just close it up around your napkin.
Even my "non-crafty" friend who I tricked into helping thought they were super easy to make.
Can you tell they started from a paper towel roll? More importantly, have you ever used paper twist before? I'd love to know!