Napkin Rings

Napkin Rings - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

With the holidays quickly approaching my thoughts turn to the times we spend around the dinner table with family and friends.
At our house cloth napkins and linen table cloths are saved for special occasions,
much like glass stemware and candle sticks.

It occurred to me that although we did have cloth napkins we didn’t have any napkin rings.
“Why not make some? How hard could it be?” I asked myself.
As it turns out, napkin rings are quite simple to make.

After my fourth attempt I finally figured it out!
The good news is that now I can show you what you should do
what you should not do when you make your napkin rings.

Let’s get started!

Burlap and Lace Napkin Rings


8 Napkin Rings
Burlap (I bought 1/4 yard and had oodles left)
2 yards Dainty Lace
Genuine Vintage Buttons
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Rotary Cutter and Mat (optional)
clothespins (optional)

The first thing you want to do is measure your napkin rings all the way around.

What? Mine rings don’t look like napkin rings?
Umm, yeah, funny story.

Apparently I’m not the only one that thought that napkin rings might be nice
to have for Thanksgiving.

I went to three different stores to find napkin rings but they were all sold out!
I ended up buying shower rings at the dollar store and gluing 2 of them together.
It worked great and probably saved me some money!

As I was saying, the first thing you want to do is measure your napkin rings all the way around.
You’ll also want to measure the width of the napkin rings.

Measuring will help you know decide how much burlap to cut.
For example, my napkin rings measured 7 1/2″ around and 1″ wide,
so I cut my burlap into 8″ x 3″ strips.
I did this using my rotary cutter.

If you think that maybe you could singe the burlap edges with a lighter,
in the same way you singe ribbon, you would be wrong.
DO NOT singe the edges of burlap!
It goes up in flames in about 2 seconds flat!

I found that it is easiest to start hot gluing in the middle of the napkin ring.
Dab a little hot glue on the outside of the napkin ring and
smooth the middle of your burlap over the glue.
Then glue the inside of the napkin ring, turning the burlap edges in one at a time.

DO hot glue a little at a time.
DO NOT try to glue the whole thing at once.
You’ll end up with a hot gluey mess!

We all experience “craft fails” and to be honest I was ready to call it quits
after 3 tries of gluing burlap.
You might want to practice gluing burlap around a tp roll or something first
until you get the hang of it.

This was my first attempt.
It’s not pretty.

The only reason I’m sharing it with you so that if you don’t give up after your first napkin ring.
Keep trying, you’ll get the hang of it!

You’ll want to press and hold the burlap down until the hot glue dries.

I used clothespins to press down on the hot glue.
Clothespins are a “hot gluer’s” best friend.

DO remember to use clothespins.
Pressing the glue with a wooden craft stick works well too.
DO NOT squeeze with three fingers, resulting in 3 hot glue burns.

Continue hot gluing and folding in the edges of the burlap until you are back where you started.
Overlap the ends of the strip of burlap and glue down.

Trim off any excess burlap.

Repeat these steps with all of your napkin rings.

The burlap will add some bulk to the napkin rings,
so you will want to cut your lace just a bit longer then the burlap.

Did you know that The Ribbon Retreat carries lace?
We sure do! It comes in different styles, sizes and colors.
I thought the Off White Dainty Lace would go perfectly with the burlap.

I ordered one yard thinking that would be plenty, and it was for four napkin rings but I made eight,
so I had to use some lace that I had on hand, as well.
I would suggest one yard of lace for every four napkin rings.

Hot glue the lace around the burlap lined napkin ring.
DO be careful and use the glue sparingly.
DO NOT use too much glue or it will squeeze out of the lace!

I could probably have been done at this point, but you know how much I like buttons!

I thought about adding buttons in fall colors, like orange, yellow, red and green.
But, I want to be able to use these napkin rings throughout the year,
so I kept the colors somewhat neutral.

The Ribbon Retreat offers a large selection of buttons.
You can order them in jars, bags and tins, all at excellent prices.

The buttons I used are from the Genuine Vintage tin.
There are approximately 25-30 beautiful buttons in each tin.
Looking through the tin reminded me of looking through my grandmother’s collection of buttons when I was a little girl.

Glue a button in the center of your napkin ring and that completes the look!

Napkin Rings - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I love the combination of burlap and lace.
The blend of the rustic burlap and delicate lace is simple yet elegant.
It’s very shabby chic!

I’ll be able to add little touches to the napkin rings for different occasions.
I slipped this silk leaf through the napkin ring to add to my fall decor.

Napkin Rings - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I hope that you’ll enjoy making these burlap and lace napkin rings,
as well as using them during the holidays and throughout the year.

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  1. Alice
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the heads up about the burlap. Your napkin rings turned out beautifully. I would have never thought of using shower curtain rings. Thanks a bunch.

  2. Posted November 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Alice! I’m so glad you like them!

  3. Posted November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Very nice Brittany. Are you bringing them to dinner? Hum, you had better make about 40 more…….
    Love ya honey

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      Haha! I think I’ll just bring you the supplies and let you make more! 🙂

  4. Alexis Heath
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    That is a real piece of art 😉

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