My parents have a bin of several dozen napkin rings, and whenever the family visits, we each pick out a napkin ring to keep track of our napkin. (My favorites are the carved wooden animals that we got on a trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park and a set of beautifully painted paper-maiche birds. The ones I made… not quite so elaborate) This Thanksgiving will be at our house, and sadly we only have 8 napkin rings – and they are two sets of four identical metal rings. Not much help for keep track of whose napkin is whose (as I write this, I realize – does anyone else have this problem? Surely people don’t wash 9 cloth napkins after every single meal, right?)
A few years back I made a set of Christmas-y napkin rings out of cotton fabric, but they were much too soft to function as good napkin rings, so I’ve been pondering what other materials I could use for napkin rings. For this set, I decided to use leather. If you want to make your own set, you’ll need a bunch of thick-ish leather scraps measuring about 6″ by 1.5″ (I got my leather in a remnant bag from Tandy Leather for about $10 several years ago).
Cut leather scraps in slightly trapezoidal shapes so that the ends can overlap, then drill two small holes through the overlapping leather. With bit of embroidery floss and a tapestry needle, run the floss through the holes a few times, then tie to secure.
I used all different colors, but this would also be cute with a single color or two for a more thematic table.
Ta-da! A set of napkin rings, ready for dinner.