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Patriotic Napkin Rings

Add a splash of patriotism to Independence Day place settings with our red, white, and blue napkin rings. 




  • Cloth napkins
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Fabric glue
  • Covered elastic


  1. Step 1


    You will need a 15-inch-long piece of 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon for each napkin ring. To begin, make a series of 1/2-inch accordion folds in the ribbon, holding them in place as you go. Push a threaded needle with a 1-inch tail through the gathered folds, along the bottom edge.

  2. Step 2


    Holding on to both ends of the thread, carefully slide the folds into the shape of a circle. Before closing the circle, tie the ends of the thread into a knot, snipping off any excess. 

  3. Step 3


    Glue the ends of the ribbon together with fabric glue to create a full circle with a small hole in the middle. Thread 4 inches of covered elastic through 2 holes of a button, and tie the ends into a knot. Glue the button to the center of the bottom side of the burst.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2007



Reviews (8)

  • jacsmama 22 Jun, 2012

    If you put any holiday in the SEARCH box all kinds of great things come up. Also if you sign up for the newsletter stuff starts popping up weeks before!

  • tess_of_st_paul 4 Jul, 2011

    Very cute idea -- too bad it wasn't released earlier so someone could use it this year. I see that this is old, but this could have been a hint a week ago. The same can be said for other holidays - a hint for that holiday on the day of or week of the holiday isn't as helpful.

  • the80lady 4 Jul, 2011

    I agree a contrasting button on top would look better. It would also hide the knot made in the 4-inch elastic ... Thread the elastic onto a contrasting button, leaving one end of the elastic slightly longer than centered Place both ends of elastic through the [filtered word] in the circle. Then, using only the longer end, add a second (slightly larger, yet flat) button for the bottom of the circle. To hide the elastic's knot, glue it between the bottom of the circle and the second button.

  • chalkwarebyLea 2 Jul, 2011

    WONDERFUL as usual....Happy 4th

  • Anna_Marie 27 Jun, 2008

    and 5th! We would get lots of use out of these. I also love wduke2's idea for a finishing button! p.s. I guess you can't use an "and" sign in your comments, causes the rest of your comment to get cut off

  • Anna_Marie 27 Jun, 2008

    We have 2 family members with birthdays on July 4

  • wduke2 17 Jun, 2008

    I think I would glue a botton on top also to finish it off a little better.

  • TriciaJay 16 Jun, 2008

    Can't get any simpler than that for great holiday party decorating!