Dazzle your guests with hand-crafted Christmas Napkin Rings that give
your holiday table a vintage look! Ever since we introduced our
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings we have received dozens of requests for
vintage images for a Christmas version. Well, we got a little carried
away and came up with four unique designs. These pop up paper creations
are easy to make, with only some paper, glue, and tape. Oh, and that
remarkable invention, decorative edge scissors.
Our four designs can grace any table: twin
cherubs singing carols, a golden bell, Father Christmas and star-struck
children, and the traditional Santa Claus.
Gather you family and whip up a set for your
Materials for Christmas Napkin Rings
images (FREE PDF download) printed on heavyweight
photo paper (one for each napkin).
Matting paper. Any medium weight
paper will work. We used 4 1/2" X 6 1/2" pieces of red, brown and gold
construction paper for each ring (see Tips).
Craft glue or glue stick.
Decorative edge scissors.
Scissors or paper cutter.
Self-healing cutting mat.
Optional embellishments: glitter, ribbon,
sprigs of holly, evergreen or dried flowers (see Tips).
the vintage image with scissors or paper cutter.
a 6" X 1/2" strip of scrap paper. Secure the image to a cutting mat.
Position the strip of paper vertically down the exact center
of the image (2 3/4") and secure it with tape to the mat. With a craft
knife, cut around the outline of the central image, except for the 1/2"
top and bottom that is covered by the paper strip.
Glue the image to a piece of matting paper (we
used 4 1/2" X 6 1/2" construction paper), applying glue around
outside edges only and carefully avoiding the cut-out section.
Let the glue dry.
decorative edge scissors, trim the mat around the image, leaving a 1/4"
Gently curl the image until the short sides
slightly overlap in the back, and secure them together with a piece of
transparent tape. Adjust the sides of the cut-out section until it
stands out from the ring.
Fold your napkin and roll it into a tight tube.
Slide it into the napkin ring, and fluff it up a little.
Repeat the above for each guest at your table.
Be prepared for the question "Can I take this home with me?"
Here are photos of the other
three designs: singing
cherubs, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas. With each one, we folded
napkin differently to show you a rolled napkin, an accordion fold and
just pulling the center of the napkin up through the ring.
if you choose to use the Santa Claus image, be
aware that the artist got a little confused when drawing the bottom of
the frame around Santa. You will have to incorporate part of the "Merry
Christmas" scroll when cutting.
Any kind of medium-weight paper can be used for
the decorative matting paper behind the vintage image. You can choose
paper to match your image, your napkins, your tablecloth or the
These Christmas napkin rings lend themselves
to all sorts of embellishment, if you want to make the project harder.
Slip some sprigs of holly, evergreen, or dried flowers under
the pop up image
from both sides. Instead of securing the back with tape, go classy and
thread a wide ribbon under the image and tie it in a bow at the back.
Add glitter highlights to the picture.
Personalize each place setting
by leaving a 1/2" mat border below the image and handwriting the
guest's name on it.
Don't forget: Add another vintage touch to your table with a Christmas Cracker
with candy to take home after dinner!