DIY Faux Wood Napkin Rings


Kathleen is the crafter behind Snowdrop and Company – a DIY craft blog for parties, holidays, gifting, and home décor. She loves repurposing and reinventing the ordinary and thinks every day is worth celebrating. We stumbled across her blog and fell in love with her DIY projects. When we found out she was located in Toronto, we knew we had to ask her to share her talents with our readers.


Looking to add a natural touch to the decor at your next dinner party? Try these DIY napkin rings made to look like a slice of a tree branch. Simply make as many as you need and pair them with your favorite napkins for instant table décor.


  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Tape
  • Plaster bandage
  • White paint
  • Paint brush


Step 1: Cut your toilet paper rolls into 1” wide sections. Step 2: Tear pieces of tissue paper and roll them into twisted cords. Make the twists in a variety of widths. Step 3: Tape the tissue twists onto the toilet paper rolls. Step 4: Cut off any excess tissue. Step 5: Continue taping the twists around the outside of the toilet paper roll, using different widths and taping them down at different angles. The goal is to make it look natural like a branch. Step 6: Cut pieces of plaster bandage about 2 ½” x 1”. Step 7: One at a time, dip the plaster bandage pieces into a bowl of water. Gently squeeze out any excess water and smooth the plaster bandage onto the toilet paper roll. Fold the ends in so that they overlap on the inside of the napkin ring. Step 8: Cover the entire toilet paper roll with plaster bandage. Keep the texture as smooth as possible by wetting your finger and smoothing the plaster bandage so that the cloth grain isn’t visible. Step 9: After the plaster bandage is dry, paint with white paint to seal the napkin ring. You can also apply a separate finish if you want a glossier look. We happen to think these faux wood rings would look particularly great with these napkins: BRIKA-napkins-diy  (From left to right): Pining For You Napkin Set by Urban Bird & Co., Double Wedding Ring Napkins by Anna Joyce, Buffalo Plaid Napkin by Ortolan If you haven’t yet signed up for BRIKA, hop to it and discover well-crafted goods from inspiring and passionate Makers at Did you like this story? You’ll probably like these as well!
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