Branch Napkin Rings

Branch Napkin Rings

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Hard wood branch, at least 2 inches in diameter
  • Fine-toothed saw
  • Masking or low-tack tape
  • Protective eyewear
  • Awl, or 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 1 1/2-inch heavy-duty hole saw drill bit
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Polyacrylic wood sealer


  1. Cut the branch into 1 1/4-inch pieces; each piece will result in one napkin ring. You can make them wider or narrower if you choose. Wrap tape around each piece and secure them to your work surface with a clamp or vise.

  2. Use the awl or 1/8-inch drill bit, drill through the center of the wood; this will help guide the drill for the third step.

  3. With the heavy-duty drill bit, drill a hole almost the entire way through. Flip the piece of wood and drill from the other side; this will result in a cleaner, neater inside edge. Sand the inside of the wood completely smooth. Remove the tape and apply a coat of wood sealer. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours.


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