These napkin rings are super easy to make and are great for any occasion – DIY wedding napkin rings, Christmas table decor, and much more.
I saw these leather napkin ring holders at this home decor show a while back and it inspired me to make my own.
I’m not sure about everyone else but I don’t just keep leather around and I didn’t feel like buying any just for this project.
But I did have felt! and I’m ok buying more felt because I an always use it for other stuff.
Here’s a few pointers if you want to make a set for yourself. These are great to add to you existing settings or they make for a great handmade gift for a friend housewarming. These are also simple enough to make in bulk for a wedding or bigger event.
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Materials for DIY rustic napkin rings
Felt – You will need a piece of felt the size of roughly 6 inches by 7 inches to make the napkin ring roughly in the proportion you see in my photos. I used a softer felt and wished I had used a stiffer felt like the ones below. I like the dimensions of the sheets as well because you can fit 2 in one sheet. I love this assorted felt set from Amazon.
Glue – A hot glue gun or fabric glue works best
Template – I altered my 3 of my rolled flower templates to suit this project. It is available for free in my resource library.
How to make fabric napkin rings
Step 1 – Cut out your DIY flower napkin rings template
I used my Cricut machine with the rotary blade. I believe it is possible to make with the fine point blade as well. I used a really old light grip mat so I didn’t have to ruin a new one with fibers.
This template is simple enough that you could cut it by hand. I cut the band part by hand. I recommend a sharp pair of scissors, felt can be tough to cut otherwise.
Step 2 – Roll the flower and glue it to the base of the template
Start with the other most point of the petal strip and start rolling. The outer most point will be the center of the flower. Roll the flower first and then loosen to adjust the position of the petals.
Step 3 – Wrap the band around the napkin so find the location on the band where the flower should be attached.
I’ve designed the template such that you don’t need to do anything to secure the napkin ring. It should hold itself in place.
Step 4 – Attach the flower to the base of the napkin ring
Sewing the flower on is probably the most secure way to getting the flower to stay on the base. I’m not big on sewing so I like to just stick to glue. If I’m not in a hurry, I like to use fabric glue for projects like this. When I need it to dry fast, I use a glue gun.