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DIY Napkin Rings For The Festive Season

These DIY napkin rings are really simple to make. Cost-effective too, as they are made from upcycled material and scraps. They also add a bit of glamour and colour to the diner table.

Last year I made some fun upcycled wooden Christmas ornaments from old curtain fixings and I still had some rings left over. It didn’t take long for me to realize that they would make perfect napkin ring holders.

On their own, the rings were basic and bland. I wanted my napkin rings to add some colour and bling to the table. So I upcycled them with some velvet.

(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)

I love it when the diner table is dressed up for special occasions, it adds to that festive feel. This time of the year, there are so many opportunities to have a fancy dinner table setting. Not just for the big day itself, Christmas day, but New Year, Burns Night and Chinese New Year too. They all fall within 2 months.

I have Scottish blood, so both New Year and Burns Night are important celebrations for me. Also, I was born and brought up in Hong Kong, so I like to celebrate Chinese New Year too. These DIY napkin rings are suitable for any special dinner occasion, whatever holidays you celebrate.

After a rummage through my craft stash, I found a lot of colourful velvet ribbons. Some bits left over from previous crafts, such as my velvet planters. Other bits of velvet ribbon was collected from gifts.

Whenever I receive a gift wrapped in ribbon, I keep the ribbon aside for crafting or to re-use with gift wrapping. I used these bits of ribbon to jazz up plain curtain rings into fun party napkin rings.

I love rainbow DIYs and decorations so I opted to make a rainbow of handmade napkin rings.

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What You Need

  • Wooden curtain rings – The rings I used were about 5cm (2″) in diameter
Old wooden curtain rings
  • Wooden curtain rings – The rings I used were about 5cm (2″) in diameter.
  • Colourful velvet ribbon approximately 2 cm wide. You will only need lengths 8-10cm long for each napkin ring.
  • Glitter velvet ribbon 1cm wide for the bow tops. You will need lengths about 35cm long for each napkin ring.
  • Superglue gel
Colourful velvet ribbon scraps

How To Make Luxury DIY Napkin Rings

Step 1: If the curtain rings have eyelet screws in them, remove them. This can be done by simply unscrewing them. Then, cut a 30cm length of glitter ribbon. Glue one end of this ribbon to the wooden curtain ring.

gluing glitter ribbon to ring.

Step 2: Next, wrap the glitter ribbon around the curtain ring. Make sure that the ribbon overlaps so that none of the curtain rings is visible. Pull tight as you wrap and secure the end of the ribbon with a dab of superglue. You might need to secure the end of the ribbon with a pin until the glue dries.

wrapping ribbon for DIY napkin rings
making luxury napkin rings
Glitter ribbon curtain ring

Making The Velvet Bow

Step 4: Next, make a matching mini velvet bow for the top of the napkin ring. Start by cutting the wide velvet ribbon into a piece about 8-10cm (3″-4″) long. Cut a piece of glitter ribbon about 3cm long. Fold over the ends of the wide ribbon into the middle and glue them together.

simple velvet bow

Step 5: Next, wrap the short glitter ribbon tightly around the wider ribbon. Secure it in place with a dab of glue. You want to make sure the ribbon is wrapped tight enough so that the larger velvet ribbon is pinched a little in the middle.

Making a red velvet bow

Step 6: Finish off the DIY napkin rings by glueing the velvet ribbon to the top of the wrapped ring.

Luxury DIY napkin rings

As I mentioned in the introduction, I love rainbows. I made six of these velvet napkin ring holders, each one in a different colour of the rainbow.

Rainbow of handmade napkin rings

The rings are the perfect size to hold a linen napkin.

handmade velvet napkin rings
upcycled Christmas napkin rings.

I’m a sucker for fancy colourful dinner plates and these luxury napkin rings look great on those plates, especially when I match the colour of the plate to the colour of the napkin ring.

DIY napkin rings
blue velvet napkin ring on blue plate

If you liked these napkin rings then you should check out my beautiful denim flower napkin ring holders. I also think these napkin rings would look good on the table with these decoupage table mats.

How to make luxury napkin rings
Yield: Luxury velvet napkin rings

Luxury DIY Napkin Rings

diy luxury napkin rings

Add a bit of glamour to your festive table with these luxury velvet napkin rings. It only takes a couple of minutes to make each one.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Wooden curtain rings
  • Velvet ribbon scraps 2cm wide
  • Velvet glitter ribbon 1cm wide in various colours
  • Superglue gel


  1. Remove the eyelets from the wooden curtain rings, by simply unscrewing them.
  2. Cut a 30cm length of glitter ribbon. Glue one end of the ribbon to the wooden curtain ring.
  3. Wrap the ribbon all the way around the ring. Make sure that it overlaps so that none of the wood is visible.
  4. Secure the end of the glitter ribbon to the ring with a dot of glue.
  5. Next, make a small velvet bow. First, cut an 8cm length of the wide velvet ribbon. Fold the ends into the middle and secure with glue. Then glue a 3cm length of glitter ribbon around the centre.
  6. Finish off by glueing the mini velvet bow to the top of the napkin ring.
  7. Repeat the steps above with different coloured ribbons, until you have a rainbow of DIY napkin rings.

Denise/My Home of All Seasons

Friday 3rd of December 2021

I absolutely love these Claire! The velvet bows make them look so rich. They will be gorgeous on a Christmas table but you have me thinking of next fall already! Hosting my first Thanksgiving as a newlywed, I couldn't afford a set of pretty dishes. I went to every thrift shop I could find and bought a plate in a fall color. I did every place setting differently. I ended up loving the look and still do that today. A matching napkin ring on all of the different colored plates will be so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing! Pinned!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 6th of December 2021

Thank you so much. Your thanksgiving table sounds adorable, I love mismatched China it makes the table more interesting.

Marie B.

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

What a great idea for recycling drapery rings (which I have many stashed away somewhere).

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Yes and to use up scraps of ribbon too. Thank you.


Tuesday 30th of November 2021

These are very classy, perfect for all your celebrations :-)

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Thank you so much, Julie, they do look good on the table.

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