Things You'll Need
- Decorative paper, felt or fabric
- Double-sided tape
- Tape measure or ruler
The Victorian era, 1837-1901, saw an increase in formal dining practices. A plethora of china, utensils and linens became socially required to maintain an acceptable table. Napkin rings often reflected the personality of the person for whom the place setting was set, notes MyAntiqueMall.com. Silver, brass and even cloth were used to form napkin rings. You can make fashionable but easy self-adhesive napkin rings that may not be as luxurious as Victorian napkin rings but that will set a charming table.
Measure and cut one 2-inch-wide by 7-inch-long rectangle for each napkin ring you wish to make. Use felt, decorative paper (such as scrapbooking paper or a specialty handmade paper) or fabric. To avoid unraveling when using fabric, use Fray Check on the edges, hem the edges, or glue the edges by folding the edges under ¼ inch and gluing with school/fabric glue or with a glue gun so that no raw edges are exposed. Fray Check can be purchased at fabric stores or in the fabric department of discount stores. If using denim or burlap, you may want to purposely fray the edges for a rustic look.
Fold the napkin ring rectangle around your cloth or disposable napkin toward the napkin center, and overlap the ends of the rectangle behind the napkin until the ring fits snugly.
Place a piece of double-sided tape on the underside of one end of the ring. Press firmly to the ring end directly beneath it.
Turn the napkin over so that the back of the napkin ring is under the napkin. Repeat all steps to create additional napkin rings for your table. Take a tip from the Victorian era and personalize each napkin ring. They don’t all have to match. Create a theme by using materials in the same color family or different holiday prints, for example.
To make self-adhesive napkin rings for future use, follow all of the directions but don’t press the ends of the napkin rings together. Instead, press plastic strips to the exposed side of the double-sided tape on the napkin ring. Store the napkin rings flat and unfolded in a box or bag. When ready to use, wrap the ring around the napkin, and remove the plastic strip. Press the napkin ring ends together as in step 3.
Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.