The Shady Porch: Holiday Napkin Rings from Cardboard Tubes

12.10.2011

Holiday Napkin Rings from Cardboard Tubes


Ever want to surprise guests with holiday-themed custom accents? It is a snap, with a little glue and cardboard! I made four different napkin ring designs for the holidays using my new go-to napkin ring medium - cardboard paper towel/tp tubes. I've made napkin rings using these cardboard tubes before and was happy with the results. Since they cost nearly nothing to make, why not make sets for all your special occasions and holidays? I took supplies such as burlap, chenille stems (a.k.a pipe cleaners), tulle, buttons, silk flowers, faux berries, etc to create four different style napkin rings in very little time!

Paper Towel & Toliet Paper Roll Napkin Rings

First, one TP tube cut in half makes one napkin ring or one paper towel roll can be used to make four rings. The first napkin ring was covered with green burlap, and then adorned with faux red berries and leaves. I used hot glue to attach the burlap and then I trimmed it to fit the roll. Then I took two red berries and attached them to a leaf and hot glued that to the burlap. I lined the inside of the ring with burlap, too.

Paper Towel & Toliet Paper Roll Napkin Rings

The next design used wedding tulle. I simply glued one end inside the tube and then wrapped the tube in tulle until it was covered. Finally, I glued a mini silk poinsettia to the ring. I like how bright and cheery it turned out!

Paper Towel & Toliet Paper Roll Napkin Rings

The third design used red burlap attached using hot glue, wrapped and trimmed to size. To embellish this napkin ring, I used white buttons to spell out the word "JOY". I think it sets a playful tone for the table scape.

Paper Towel & Toliet Paper Roll Napkin Rings

The fourth napkin ring features gold and silver chenille stems (pipe cleaners). One stem at a time was wrapped around the tube, tightly snugging each stem against the previous one. This will use a good portion of a 50 piece package of stems (mine had already been opened for another project, or I would be more precise)
I recommend lining all rings for a proper finish, but it is a MUST with this one to prevent the chenille stems from snagging your napkins.

I look forward to using my new rings throughout this holiday season!