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Recycled Napkin Rings for The Thanksgiving Table

By Marie LeBaron

DIY Recycled Napkin Rings

Having a beautiful Thanksgiving table can help set the dinner mood. Sometimes the table gets more compliments than the turkey! Here’s a fun way to spice up your table with these decoupage napkin rings made from recycled paper tubes.

Recycled Napkin Rings for The Thanksgiving Table

– paper tubes, toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
– craft paper, preferably fall colors
– decoupage, I used Mod Podge
– sponge brush
– scissors
– napkins
– embellishments, acorns, leaves, berries (make sure the kids know these are NOT edible)

Supplies for recycled napkin rings for Thanksgiving table


1. First, measure and cut your piece of paper to fit around your paper tube. You’ll want the lip to over lap just a little, about 1/4 of an inch. And it’s okay if it’s a little longer than the tube, you can trim the extra paper off after it’s done drying.

How to make recycled napkin rings for Thanksgiving table
2. Apply decoupage to your paper tube, make sure you get every inch. Then apply it to the inside of the paper, the side that wraps around the tube. I like to apply glue to both of these, just to make sure it sticks and stays on.

Applying decoupage to roll for recycled napkin rings for Thanksgiving table
3. Attach the gluey craft paper to the gluey paper tube and roll it on. Smooth out any bubbles or bumps. Make sure it is sealed on the edges. Then let this dry and set for at least 10-15 minutes.

adding paper to roll for recycled napkin rings for Thanksgiving table
4. You will now apply another coat of decoupage to the outside of the paper craft tube, to help seal it, and it gives it a nice shine. Then let this dry completely, up to 30 minutes.

Applying decoupage on paper roll for recycled napkin rings for Thanksgiving table
Letting paper rolls for recycled napkin rings dry
5. Once the paper craft tube is dry, you’ll need to cut it down into little 2 inch rings. Since the tube is kind of hard at this point, in order to cut through it, you’ll need to smash the tube in half, bending it enough to get your scissors around. Then cut 2 inch sections out of the tube. You can also trim any little extra bits of paper that may be hanging over the edge of the tube.

Cutting paper rolls for recycled Thanksgiving napkin rings
6. Using your fingers, try to mold the tube back into a circle (although, this doesn’t matter too much, as it will be around the napkin anyway).

7. Now it’s ready to add to a fan folded dinner napkin. Just slip it over and spread out the napkin. I also added some pressed leaves that I wrote the dinner guests names on, and a few berries (not edible). You could also add acorns or feathers, something else to give it some flare.

Have fun dressing up your table, as well as your turkey!

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About the Author

Marie LeBaron

Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.


Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.

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Petit Elefant

I love that these are simple and pretty, and fun to make with the kids! I definitely want to try this for Thanksgiving.

oh amanda

Super cute! I think I might do this!


I have to decorate for a church party next week. I’ll totally do this for the napkins. Thanks for the idea.


Wow! I can’t believe how easy!

Mod Podge Amy

These are absolutely wonderful! I love.


Really great idea!


This is a wonderful, cute and easy idea! I’ll be using this one for other holidays too. Thanks for the great crafty idea!


So cute! I used your idea for my family’s Thanksgiving table and it turned out great! Thanks for the great idea!