Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable]

These easy DIY Christmas napkin rings will look so pretty next to each of the place settings at your holiday table this year!

Not only do they add a festive touch to your Christmas table, but the best part is that they are also so easy to make!

You can find me on Instagram to see even more fun projects like this one!

Christmas Napkin Ring Project

You only need a few simple supplies to make your own DIY napkin rings:

  • foil-wrapped candy pieces (I made Santa napkin rings, but you can choose any candy you like)
  • Ribbon (I recommend a 1″-wide ribbon)
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue
Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable]

Cardstock Ovals

For this DIY project, I made my cardstock ovals (2″ by 3″) on my Circut Maker in not much time at all.

I picked a pretty green plaid cardstock with a bit of sparkle, but you can choose whatever color or Christmas design will coordinate best with your tablescape.

Depending on the weight of your cardstock, you may need to set the blade to “more pressure” to make sure it cuts all the way through the cardstock.

Use a hand-held paper punch to create a hole on each side of the ovals. Try not to place the holes too close to the edges of the napkin ring, because you don’t want them to tear when you pull the ribbons through.

Free Printable

If you don’t have a Cricut, no worries! I’ve got you covered!

You can still make this easy Christmas craft the simple way with my free printable template.

  • Just download THIS FREE PDF printable.
  • Then, place your choice of cardstock in your printer (make sure you have a printer that can handle cardstock) and print the perfect size ovals right on the cardstock.
  • Carefully cut out the ovals with a pair of scissors and you’re ready to proceed with the next step in making the napkin rings.

Cut the Ribbon

You will need one 9″-length of, 1″ wide ribbon for each napkin ring. I like to cut all of the ribbon pieces at once for however many finished napkin rings I need.

For a pretty touch, cut each ribbon end into a dovetail.

Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable]

Cloth Napkins

I enjoy using cloth napkins at the dinner table for holidays and other special occasions, but these festive Christmas napkin rings would also work with disposable napkins, especially the nice heavyweight kind.

For Christmas dinner this year, I decided to use this beautiful set of vintage woven napkins I found at an antique store, but THESE are the napkins I typically use during the holiday season. I’ve had them for years, and they always wash up so nicely.

Ooh, wouldn’t red napkins be beautiful with these festive DIY napkin rings?

cloth napkins for Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable]
Fold the napkins into rectangles.

Assemble the Christmas Napkin Holders

Place a ribbon underneath a napkin rectangle. Feed each end up of the ribbon up through the holes in the cardstock and pull gently until the napkin gathers together. 

Ribbon that is 1″ wide works best, because it holds tightly in the punch holes without slipping back out.

Add the Candy Embellishment

I used little Santa chocolates for my napkin rings this year because we are having our first Christmas dinner with our grandbaby, and lots of Santas in my holiday decor seemed appropriate.

There are lots of cute holiday candies available at this time of year though, so choose whatever you like. Using candy is such a fun way to not only customize your table settings but also to keep the cost low.

A little dot of hot glue is all it takes to secure the candy to the top of the napkin ring. Be careful not to apply too much glue, as you don’t want to melt your chocolate!

Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable] Christmas tree vintage plates

You can tuck the silverware under the pretty napkin ring, or set the silverware beside the place settings and just use the napkin ring to hold the napkin alone. It looks so cute both ways.

After dinner is over, your dinner guests can enjoy the little chocolate treat right off their napkin rings!

More DIY Napkin Ring Ideas

You can see some of my other easy DIY napkin rings by visiting these posts. These ideas can be adapted for any holiday or season.

Or, skip the napkin rings altogether and just fold your napkins into a beautiful Christmas tree shape!

You can see that idea HERE.

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Some of my favorite projects to make are DIY holiday decor. These types of projects are fun to make, and you end up with useful table decor at the same time. Win-Win.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,

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2 thoughts on “Easy DIY Christmas Napkin Rings [Free Printable]

  1. Niky, I am enjoying your website! love the napkin rings with the chocolate candy! and I can’t wait to see what you do for your coming grandson’s nursery. Thanks so much for hosting the great Sundays on Silverado link party. I really appreciate it! – Patty

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