Learn how to make festive Christmas napkin rings that will dress up your holiday table!
These DIY Christmas Napkin Rings are easy and inexpensive if you’re on a budget. With this tutorial, the homemade napkin rings are cheap napkin rings since you’ll only need leftover craft supplies: scrap plastic canvas, scrap yarn and small beads.
There are so many different ways to make affordable Christmas napkin rings yourself - with felt, toilet paper rolls, ribbon, beads and more.
Our DIY Christmas Pine Needle and Berry napkin ring is an easy inexpensive project to make, stitches together quickly, can be completed with minimal effort, used year after year and is so much cheaper than store-bought napkin rings. If you have the supplies, it will cost absolutely NOTHING!
Are you ready to jump into the DIY Christmas Pine Needle and Berry Napkin Ring tutorial? Then, watch our video Or keep reading this post.
You can also sew your very own DIY cloth napkins with this simple sewing project for beginners.
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how to make homemade Christmas napkin rings
to make the pine needle & berry napkin ring You'll need:
- 7-count plastic canvas mesh sheet OR scrap plastic canvas
- Scrap Yarn, worsted weight
- Small Beads
- Plastic Canvas Needle
- Sewing Needle and Thread
- Pine Needle & Berry Napkin Ring Pattern (scroll down the page for the free pattern)
STITCHES USED TO MAKE NAPKIN RINGS
INSTRUCTIONS for making the Christmas napkin rings:
STEP 1: gather supplies
One thing nice about this Christmas napkin ring project is the supplies for this project are affordable. And most crafters have a load of supplies already on hand.
Do you have scrap plastic canvas? Do you have a small amount of green, white and gold yarn? What about small beads? That's all you need to make some pine needle & berry napkin rings to dress up your holiday table along with needles, scissors and thread.
STEP 2: cut plastic canvas pieces for napkin ring
Two pieces of plastic canvas are needed for the napkin ring. To cut the pieces, count the holes. Cut the following pieces:
- Rectangle Piece - 9 holes x 36 holes
- Reinforcement Piece - 2 holes x 9 holes
STEP 3: stitch pine needles
Thread a length of green yarn through the plastic canvas needle eye. If you have difficulty, try this needle threading hack.
Follow the chart to stitch the green pine needles using a long straight stitch and long slanted diagonal stitches.
STEP 4: Tent Stitch background of napkin rings
Then work the background with the tent stitch (continental stitch) leaving two threads on each end unworked. These two threads will be used in joining the ring.
After the background is stitched, it should look like the following picture. Notice the two unstitched threads.
STEP 5: add beads to the Christmas napkin ring
Adding beads is a stunning way to embellish the napkin ring.
With a sewing needle and sewing thread, attached the beads to the rectangle napkin ring piece.
Choose a needle that will fit through the hole in the bead. I recommend you double thread the sewing needle. Double threading in sewing is when you put the thread through the needle eye, fold the thread in half so the two ends meet and tie a knot.
Anchor the sewing thread (with the knot) on the back of the rectangle piece where you want to place the first bead. Make a small stitch to secure the thread and knot.
Bring the threaded needle up from the back through one of the plastic canvas holes, pass the needle through the bead and insert the needle down through the canvas hole next to the previous hole.
Sew on all the beads according to the chart.
Don't have beads? An alternative to beads is to make French knots with red yarn.
STEP 6: Joining the napkin ring
To make sure the napkin ring is sturdy and forms a perfect ring, a small reinforcement piece is used to join the rectangle piece into a ring.
Line up one row of holes on the reinforcement piece behind the unworked row on one of the short ends of the napkin ring rectangle.
Bring the yarn up through the hole where you'll begin the tent stitch. Refer to the following picture for the placement of this stitch.
Work the needlepoint tent stitch through both thicknesses of plastic canvas all the way across the row.
Then bend the plastic canvas into the ring and line up the other unworked row of holes on the short end of the ring with the unworked row on the reinforcement piece. Stitch through all thicknesses to hold the ring together.
What's left is one row of plastic canvas threads unstitched. Finally, stitch over the last row of threads.
STEP 7: overcast stitch
The final step is to use the overcast stitch to cover both edges of the napkin ring.
For this project, gold yarn was used for the overcast stitch but green or red would also look attractive.
Voila! It's finished!
Within 30 minutes to an hour, you will have a beautiful holiday napkin ring to brighten your dining table.
I really had fun with this DIY Napkin Ring project and I hope you do as well.
Want more ideas for Christmas? There is a super collection of Christmas crafts ideas for adults on our website!
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