DIY Patriotic Napkin Rings

DSC_0443ew titleGood morning! I am happy you stopped in today. Hubby and I returned from helping our daughter and her husband with their big move a little tired, but so happy to have our baby only 2 ½ hours away, rather than 10. We had a great weekend. Our town hosted a Memorial Day commemoration, we attended a friend’s concert at a local winery, had a family BBQ, and spent some time with our grandchildren. All in all a wonderful weekend. I hope your holiday weekend was a fun one as well.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Beginning with Memorial Day, the end of spring and early summer has a series of patriotic holidays. As we transition from spring to summer, it’s time to break out some red, white, and blue. Today I am sharing how I made napkin rings that are perfect for a patriotic tablescape. And, best of all, making them is a really easy DIY project that requires only a few materials and a little time.

A few years ago, I saw some THESE napkin rings on the One Kings Lane site and it’s been in the back of my mind to make them since then.

What you’ll need depends on whether you wish to sew your napkin rings or make the no-sew version using a hot-glue gun. I stitched my first one on the sewing machine. Here’s what that one looked like:


I decided to try a no-sew version also, and actually liked it better so I made the rest of my napkin rings using a glue gun.



You need some 1½ inch wide grosgrain ribbon and a measuring tape or ruler.  I used a 9-inch piece of ribbon for each napkin ring. So each yard of ribbon would yield four napkin rings for me and the roll would make twelve.


For each napkin ring, you also need two 1½ inch D-rings. The D-rings came in packages of four rings.


If you’re making the sewn version, you need scissors, straight pins, thread, and a sewing machine. If you’re making the no-sew version, you need scissors and a glue gun.


  1. Cut a 9-inch piece of ribbon. Fold under ¼ inch on one end.


2. Fold it under again. Pin to hold. Then stitch on the sewing machine or apply hot glue.

DSC_0398ecw3. Flip the ribbon over so the hem you created on is facing down. On the opposite end of the ribbon fold under ¼ inch. Fold under ½ inch to form a loop around the two D-rings.

DSC_0400ecw 4. Stitch or hot-glue the D-ring end.

Important Note: The two ends are folded toward opposite faces of the ribbon as shown below. If this is done correctly, when the loose end of the ribbon is threaded through the D-rings, the “good” side of the ribbon will be face up and the hem will be face down.

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These napkin rings look perfect on a red, white, and blue table, but also give a festive Christmas-y look if used with plain white napkins. This DIY could also be adapted using a variety of ribbons that suit any season or holiday. They are easy to make and easy to use.  If you want a shorter “tail” you could cut 8-inch lengths of ribbon. My first attempt was cut at 7-inches and it was too short, making it difficult to thread the D-rings.

I am really happy with how they turned out and plan to use them frequently this summer. With these Pottery Barn napkins, they certainly give my table a patriotic feel.


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5 Responses to DIY Patriotic Napkin Rings

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  2. Cindy says:

    These turned out so cute! Adding to my 4th of July ideas. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Pingback: Patriotic Table Ideas - Surroundings by Debi

  4. Lori says:

    These are adorable!! I shared on FB. Thanks for linking up at Dishing It & Digging It!


  5. Terri says:

    Great project


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