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Beaded Napkin Ring

If you like to live on the bright side, dress up your colorful patterned plates with matte-finish flatware and a charming bow topper: Cinch a napkin in the middle using a playful elastic adorned with wooden beads. Add a circle name tag for each guest to round out the look.

wooden beaded napkin ring on place setting

Photography: Graham Pollack

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2018


(Also pictured: Hawkins New York Simple linen napkin, in Blush, $18,


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of napkin folding and ideas and Thanksgiving table setting ideas.


  • Leather cord (Pictured: Sulyn Clubhouse Crafts elastic cord, $4 for 6 colors,

  • Hole punch

  • Card stock

  • Wooden beads (Pictured: American Woodcrafters Supply Co. unfinished round wooden beads, 5/8", 1", and 1½", from $1 for 12,

  • Acrylic paint

  • Craft glue

  • Scissors


  1. Cut lengths of cord about 10 inches long. Punch small holes at edge of circles of card stock; label with guests’ names.

  2. Thread 3 beads and one card-stock circle onto cord (we used one large bead and two smaller ones). Tie ends of cord together. Pull knot through large bead, so it is hidden inside. Add a drop of glue to secure and let dry completely, about 1 hour.

  3. Pull 2 small beads to opposite side of loop. Tie loop in center. Roll napkin, and wrap tie around center, pulling one bead through opposite loop to lock in place.

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