Upcycled Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

How many people are at your table for the Thanksgiving feast……4, 8, 12 or maybe 24?  How fun to add your creative touch to the table. Crew Member Patty Senter has the prefect idea and you won’t believe what she starts with…a paper towel or toilet paper empty roll! So collect enough to make one for each of your guests this year and follow the simple instructions Patty has below to wow your guests with your creative style.  


This will be the first year in over two dozen years that I will be preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner for my family. What fun to include on my dining table, hand-made napkin rings decked out with festive Thanksgiving colors. I paired them with family china that had been my Aunts. This is a sure way to bring warm memories from the past, while creating new ones to hold dear, as we share our Holiday feast together.

Materials Used:
Tattered Angels Decor & DIY Paint – Sable
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Suede, Rum Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Peach Delight – (this color is discontinued, check the link for lots of peach ideas – I’d try the Pumpkin Spice)
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Cozy Yellow
Canvas Corp – 12×12 Canvas Sheet – Natural
Canvas Corp – 12×12 Burlap Sheet – Natural
Canvas Corp – 12×12 Kraft Cardstock
From my Supplies: Beacons Fabri-Tac, Recollections Mulberry Paper Rose Leaves, Autumn Spray, Sizzix Die 656927 Tattered Leaves, Sizzix Die 660653 Fall Flowers, Vintage Seam Floral Seam Tape
Tools Used:- Sizzix Big Shot; Paintbrush; Scissors; Hot Glue Gun
Paper Towel Napkin Rings
Step 1 – To begin gather your toilet paper rolls and cut them into thirds at 1 1/2″ and 3″. Paint the rolls inside and out with your choice of Tattered Angels Decor and DIY paint, I used Sable. Allow the paint to dry well. If you have a particular lace, seam tape, etc that you’d like to use to cover the center portion of the outside of the rolls (I used vintage seam binding) attach that next. I used Beacon’s Fabri Tac but any strong wet glue, or a hot glue gun, would work well.
Step 2 – To make the leaves die cut Canvas Corp Basics Canvas with your favorite leaf die(s). I used Sizzix dies Tattered Leaves and Fall Flowers which gave me three leaves of varying sizes. Next, gather your favorite fall Glimmer Mists and color the leaves until you have the hues that suit you. If you like you can also die cut some mini tags for names (I used the Fall Flowers die for that as well). I had an oops moment when I spilled my Glimmer Mist in Suede on my craft table and quickly sopped it up with a piece of watercolor paper which worked perfectly for my tags. I supplemented the leaves I cut from canvas with a mulberry paper set from Michaels which had also been Glimmer misted.
Step 3 – I was fortunate to find an Autumn spray at JoAnns which had mini pine cones, acorns and seeds on wire threads. I snipped them apart to glue onto my rings. Perhaps you live where you can find these in nature and if not check your Holiday stash and see if you have anything small enough that will work. If that fails do as I did and scope out your local stores, a spray works well because you can get a multitude of tiny elements on one string.
Step 4 – Lets go step by step through the process: 1 – Cut, paint and cover your toilet paper rolls 2 – Glue your decorative, tape, binding, ribbon etc onto the center of the rolls 3 – Cut strips of burlap to place centered over the tape you just adhered 4 – Fray the edges of the burlap before gluing (and save the frayed pieces) 5 – coil the ends of your elements your attaching such as the pine cones, acorns, seeds etc, anything that has a wire thread 6 – Use Beacons Fabri Tac or a hot glue gun to attach your elements 7 – A Completed Napkin Ring.
So collect your used paper towel rolls, gather some paint, paper and fall trims and you can create the most amazing napkin rings that will set the tone for your Thanksgiving or Fall table. We can guarantee you that they will cost a fraction of fancy napkin rings you would find in a gift or home decor shop.
Happy Table Decorating!!!





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