Hi Kenarry readers! It’s Jennifer and Kitty (the O’Neil Sisters, from RunningWithSisters.com), and we have a super fast (and affordable!) home accent project for you: Succulent Napkin Rings. We spotted some fantastic faux succulents in little pots at the dollar store and thought, “Those would be great napkin rings!” We used a recycled paper towel roll and satin ribbon for the base, and ended up with designer looking napkin rings for under $10!
These succulent napkin rings are a fun addition to a summer table, especially when dining al fresco! We made a step-by-step video that goes along with the instructions below. We’ll show you how to cut a paper towel roll into the base for each napkin ring. Then we’ll show you how to transform the “rings” with ribbon and how to trim and attach dollar-store succulents. Glue Dots and a hot glue gun make it happen in a flash!
How To Make Succulent Napkin Rings
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Materials & Tools
- Faux succulents
- Paper towel roll
- Brown satin ribbon, 5/8” wide
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Glue Dots, 1/2″
- Wire cutters
1. Select and prepare the faux succulents.
First things first, head to the dollar store for some faux succulents! Look for succulents that seem like the right shape and scale for napkin rings. And skip any that are super pokey! When you get home, cut off the stems with wire cutters. If you have a succulent that’s slightly too big, don’t be afraid to remove the bottom layer or trim off some of the leaves. If the layers come apart, you can always hot glue them back together.
2. Cut the paper towel roll into rings.
Make a base for each napkin ring by cutting the paper towel roll into ½” cardboard rings with scissors. It helps to pinch and make a starter cut in the paper towel roll, then drop the scissors into the opening and cut all the way around the roll.
3. Wrap the ring with ribbon.
Stick about six Glue Dots around the inside of a ring. Cut 1 yard of brown satin ribbon. Feed the ribbon through the ring leaving 3” sticking out of one side. Press the ribbon up against one of the Glue Dots on the inside of the ring to keep it in place while you wrap.
Hold the ribbon tail and wrap the other end of the ribbon around the ring. You’ll want to wrap at an angle, overlapping the ribbon with each wrap.
When the entire cardboard ring is covered, tie the two ends together in a knot.
4. Attach the faux succulent.
Attach a succulent to the napkin ring by squeezing a generous amount of hot glue onto the stem and back of the succulent, then pressing and holding it onto the knot. Once the glue has set up, trim the ribbon ends at an angle leaving two-inch tails on either side of the knot.
5. Repeat and enjoy the succulent napkin rings!
Repeat to make as many napkin rings as you like!
Do you like changing the style of your table with decorative napkin rings? Have you made other kinds of napkin rings? Leave us a comment and let us know! And write in with any questions while you make your own set of Succulent Napkin Rings. We’re happy to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
Here are some more fun home accent projects by the O’Neil Sisters:
While you’re here, be sure to check out other craft ideas on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home:
- How To Make A Succulent Seashell Wreath
- How To Make Bead and Tassel Napkin Rings
- Boho Chic Napkin Rings: Get Started Woodburning
Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and YouTube. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.