Inside: Make these DIY wood napkin rings from a scrap 2 x 4. A quick and easy way to add style to your dining table.
One of my new favorite things are cloth napkins. I purchased these cute cheap cloth napkins from Ikea. So far I like them way better than the paper napkins and our use of paper napkins has gone way down.
With that, I thought these DIY Wood Napkin Rings would be a great compliment to the new cloth napkins.
I made them from a short piece of scrap 2 x 4. This project, as well as this DIY Wood Wall Art and this DIY Dog Leash Holder, were all made from scrap wood (#buildfromscrap) as a challenge to clear the scrap pile.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project, I recommend safety goggles, ear protection and optional N95 mask to prevent breathing wood particles and aerosols during sawing, sanding, staining and spray paint application.
TOOLS FOR DIY WOOD NAPKIN RINGS
- Measuring tape
- Saw – I use a Rigid Table Saw
- Miter saw
- Wood clamps
- 1 1/2 inch hole saw or forstner bit
- Sander or sandpaper
- Silhouette Cameo (optional if making stencils)
- Oracle 631 vinyl in white
SUPPLIES FOR DIY WOOD NAPKIN RINGS
I used a short piece of 2 x 4 scrap. If you don’t have enough scrap wood then I have listed what wood to purchase below.
- 1 – 2 x 4 x 8 or scrap long enough to make the desired amount of napkin rings
- Wood stain – I used Minwax Dark Walnut
CUTS FOR DIY WOOD NAPKIN RINGS
My napkin rings measured 2 x 2 inches. I didn’t cut my rings until after the holes were drilled. I figured it would be easier to cut the holes first then cut the wood.
- 1 – 2 x 4 ripped cut on each side down to 2 inches wide – by rip cutting both sides of the 2 x 4 it removes the curved edges giving the wood a modern look
STEPS TO MAKE DIY WOOD NAPKIN RINGS
Step 1) Mark and drill the holes. Using a square I marked and drew a line down the middle of the length of the 2 x 4. Then I marked where to drill the holes. I made sure to mark the holes wide enough to allow for 2 x 2 inch cuts. Use either a 1 1/2 inch hole saw or forstner bit and drill the holes.
Step 2) Cut off each napkin ring. Measure and mark for 2 inches and make the cuts.
Step 3) Sand the inside and outside of the rings.
Step 4) Stain the rings. I used Minwax Dark Walnut. I applied with a scrap t-shirt and dried it with another t-shirt.
Let the stain dry. You can stop here or you can go to the next step and add some fun stencils. I made four eating related stencils to add to the napkin rings. If you would like access to the four stencils please visit my Resource Library. I cut the stencils out using my Silhouette Cameo. Then I used transfer paper to apply them to the napkin rings.
Once your ready, add your napkins and dig in!
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