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2X4: Four Unique Napkin Ring Ideas

They save your pants from stains and your face from smeared sauces, but your napkin isn’t just functional. Let that square piece of cloth double as your table’s pièce de résistance (read: the best part) this holiday season with one of these napkin rings:


Photos: Ruby Lane Moments / Elephant Tales

Printed Menu. Turn your delicious, hard-to-make meal into the main event by printing your menu on your napkin rings. Not only does it look professional, it will get your guests’ mouths watering from the moment they sit down! If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of printing them yourself (you have enough going on!) visit the Etsy shop Ruby Lane Moments. They’ll print menus for as little as $0.55 a piece! 

Names & Initials. Let Aunt Gail and Cousin Emily know exactly where they’re supposed to sit by personalizing their napkin rings. The easiest (and least expensive) way to do this is to grab some plastic or wood rings from a craft store and mix a batch of chalkboard paint. Write your guests’ first initial or go full name – either way, they’ll feel special! If you don’t have the time for DIY chalkboard rings, considering grabbing these distressed wood options from Elephant Tales, instead.


Photos: Silver Magpies / Design for Mankind

Classic Silver. For an elegant and traditional dining atmosphere, nothing beats classic silver. If you love the look but are worried about the added cleaning hassle, fear not. These silver rings can easily be polished with baking soda and salt. If you don’t have silver rings at home, check out these beautiful English sterling rings from Silver Magpies. 

DIY Thread. If you want make these beautiful DIY napkin rings, your first stop is the plumbing aisle of a hardware store. These babies are made from PVC pipe coupling, embroidery thread and tacky glue. It’s that simple! For detailed instructions, head to Design for Mankind and check out Laura Parke’s beautifully photographed tutorial. 

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