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Project

Paper Napkin Rings

Introduction

These napkin holders look as though they've fallen from a whimsical, imaginary tree. The soft, luminous prints -- and of course the leaf shapes -- will set a seasonal tone that's fitting for both formal and casual tables.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print desired number of napkin rings on a color printer (you'll get two rings per 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet). 

  2. Step 2

    Use a glue stick to secure each copy to construction paper; cut out with a utility knife or scissors.

  3. Step 3

    On each template, make two cuts where indicated. Bring ends together, and slide slits into each other to form a ring. Roll up fabric napkin, and slide inside holder.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2003

Reviews (21)

  • LisaKatelynn 5 Oct, 2011

    i love this craft, i made then several years ago and still use them. i used flocked scrapbook paper in fall colors. They were perfect!

  • LauraWaugh 27 Nov, 2008

    I made these last minute for my Thanksgiving meal and they were so cute! A great and easy fix for no napkin rings.

  • joannalaj 14 Nov, 2008

    why not just print on card stock?

  • joannalaj 14 Nov, 2008

    why not just print on card stock?

  • noely 11 Nov, 2008

    O MY GOD! i can't belive that i found this napkin rings i was looking for them in the store and they were to spensid and now i can make them with my own hands and its going to be fun making with my sister now we are ready for thankgiving thank you martha you make my day happy.

  • sandyroy 7 Oct, 2008

    These are great!! Perfect timing for our Canadian Thankgiving this weekend. You can also cut them out of double sided paper (available anywhere where scrapbooking suppies are), that way the back of the leaves are also patterned.

  • sandyroy 7 Oct, 2008

    These are great!! Perfect timing for our Canadian Thankgiving this weekend. You can also cut them out of double sided paper (available anywhere where scrapbooking suppies are), that way the back of the leaves are also patterned.

  • sandyroy 7 Oct, 2008

    These are great!! Perfect timing for our Canadian Thankgiving this weekend. You can also cut them out of double sided paper (available anywhere where scrapbooking suppies are), that way the back of the leaves are also patterned.

  • younggrama 6 Oct, 2008

    Instead of cutting them out, then gluing onto construction paper, what about just printing them on cardstock? Also, thanks nemommy for those cute ideas about stamps and namecards. This will be a Thanksgiving must!

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    sorry it posted so many times--I clicked the submit button more than once!

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    To take this a step further, you you are into stamping, you can take a autumn/Thanksgiving stamp with a nice message to stamp on each leaf. Another idea is to use mini alphabet stamps and stamp each guest name onto the leaf so everyone knows where to sit! I can't wait to make this project. Is anyone having trouble getting the colors to print true to color on their printer? I'm sure if is just a problem that I'm having with my printer.

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    To take this a step further, you you are into stamping, you can take a autumn/Thanksgiving stamp with a nice message to stamp on each leaf. Another idea is to use mini alphabet stamps and stamp each guest name onto the leaf so everyone knows where to sit! I can't wait to make this project. Is anyone having trouble getting the colors to print true to color on their printer? I'm sure if is just a problem that I'm having with my printer.

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    To take this a step further, you you are into stamping, you can take a autumn/Thanksgiving stamp with a nice message to stamp on each leaf. Another idea is to use mini alphabet stamps and stamp each guest name onto the leaf so everyone knows where to sit! I can't wait to make this project. Is anyone having trouble getting the colors to print true to color on their printer? I'm sure if is just a problem that I'm having with my printer.

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    To take this a step further, you you are into stamping, you can take a autumn/Thanksgiving stamp with a nice message to stamp on each leaf. Another idea is to use mini alphabet stamps and stamp each guest name onto the leaf so everyone knows where to sit! I can't wait to make this project. Is anyone having trouble getting the colors to print true to color on their printer? I'm sure if is just a problem that I'm having with my printer.

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    To take this a step further, you you are into stamping, you can take a autumn/Thanksgiving stamp with a nice message to stamp on each leaf. Another idea is to use mini alphabet stamps and stamp each guest name onto the leaf so everyone knows where to sit! I can't wait to make this project. Is anyone having trouble getting the colors to print true to color on their printer? I'm sure if is just a problem that I'm having with my printer.

  • nemommy 6 Oct, 2008

    This is a wonderful idea. I love paper crafts because it is a nice and inexpensive way to add a cute touch to a beautiful table setting. Two years ago she had an idea kind of like this one but different that I made up for my first Thanksgiving with my new inlaws. Way to go, Martha.

  • LavendarLady 6 Oct, 2008

    The idea with cloth is wonderful, too. You can make them also by gluing seasonal wrapping paper around pre-cut toilet-tissue cardboard centers and gluing on REAL leaves.................

  • BakeItICanMakeIt 6 Oct, 2008

    I work with Preschoolers and we are always looking for ideas of things they can "easily" make and take home for their families to enjoy . . . these will be GREAT for the Thanksgiving holiday. What fun for a child to be able to supply the napkin rings for the big dinner! Thanks Martha!

  • DRae 6 Oct, 2008

    Sometimes I think Marthan n n n n n s n n n n n n craftsn n n n n n are a little ditzy. I really donn n n n n n t think she would use paper napkin rings at her table. These could so easily be made with fabric and how much nicer would that be. All you need it the pattern cut twice out of fabric and cut once out of firm (not to firm) interfacing. After I have it all sewed together, I would sew lines like veins in the leaves and such. Thatn n n n n n s it. Not hard. Try it instead.

  • maryspeir 25 Apr, 2008

    I changed the leaf to a butterfly using the Martha's template from the" Wing It" Spring decoration ideas. I enlarged the butterfly to 141% and it's just adorable. I also made one with the butterfly enlarged to 200%--the butterfly is really big and would be cute too. I'll use the smaller one for my Mother's Day table.

  • alissawaitevisser 21 Nov, 2007

    I made these before and they are a really nice touch.