Leaf Like Napkin Rings

How to Make DIY Leaf - Like Napkin Rings

The holidays are right around the corner, and table settings seem to be on everyone’s to-do list. Well boy have I got an easy and beautiful project for your dinner table. Leaf shaped napkin rings! And don’t just think Thanksgiving dinner, these pretty napkin rings can really be used year round!

Leaf-shaped napkin ring tutorial

DIY Leaf napkin ringsSupplies: All you need is a roll or two of of jewelry wire, I use Darice brand wire. I don’t make jewelry but I figured a variety of pliers and cutters could be put to good use in other projects, so I sprang for a 5 pack.

Be sure to use smooth edge pliers for this project, or you’ll scratch the finish off the aluminum wires.

TIPYou could also use a cloth between your pliers and your wire to ensure there is no scratching of the finish.Leaf napkin ring - supplies

I started by drawing a very loose template of what size and general shape I wanted my leaflets to be. It just helps to glance at it while working, to eyeball size.

leaf napkin rings - draw template

I’m using my brand new straight nose internal pliers, to start my project with a curled tip. This prevents any sharp wire edges from being exposed. Plus it looks nice!

Leaf napkin rings - twist to start

Now begin bending it free form into a leaf like shape. Feel free to play with shaping it until you get the look you are going for. TIPPut lots of interesting curves into your leaf sides to mimic the leaf shape. The more you play, the more interesting and less stiff it looks.

Leaf napkin ring - bend into leaf shape

You won’t get a the leaf tips to make an actual point, but try to sharpen out the rounded edges by pinching the tip with the pliers until they are a little more conical than round. TIPDon't forget! Do not use serrated edge plier...smooth only!

Leaf napkin rings - sharpen curves

Now, I’ve decided I want a small loop before the ring…I just like the effect! Then I create the part that will be the ring in which the napkin will go through.

leaf napkin ring - create a ring

Clip the excess wire. Be sure that the ring portion over extends a bit…better too much ring than too little!

leaf napkin rings - cut excess

Finish by curling the final cut inward so there are no sharp edges.

Leaf napkin ring - curve in

All done! Well, actually 7 more napkin rings to go… Because it is a pliable wire you can tighten or loosen the ring around your napkins as desired!

Leaf napkin rings

 Super easy right? Not to mention simple in design, yet attractive. You could ideally use this all year round and not just during Thanksgiving dinner.

Leaf napkin holders

Want to save a quick overview of the steps? Pin this animated graphic so you always have the steps when you need it.

Leaf-like napkin rings tutorial

So, what are your dinner plans? How are you planning to set up your holiday spread? Am I invited? 😀

There are a variety of colors and  finishes you can purchase your aluminum wire in. I love the gold and  copper finish, but there are many other choices available.

I spent (for two rolls of jewelry wire) $3 total to make 8 beautiful napkin rings, rather than spending $3 each when buying them new. Plus you will be able to say that they are each one of a kind, made by you! I hope you love your new napkin rings!

DIY Leaf napkin rings


You can easily find these items in the jewelry making department of your local superstore, or in a craft shop. Personally I love the Darice copper colored aluminum wire, although the gold is pretty awesome too! I bought my wire at Pat Catan very inexpensively (about $1 and change for Darice brand 16 gauge x 3yd aluminum wire! I spent just under $3 for two rolls!!) but if you don’t mind paying more for the convenience of online shopping here is where you can find them:


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6 Comments on Leaf Like Napkin Rings

  1. Vanessa
    November 19, 2014 at 10:10 am (7 years ago)

    These are great!

  2. Amy Geib
    November 19, 2014 at 10:01 am (7 years ago)

    THis is so cute and classy! I love it!

    • Ursula Carmona
      November 19, 2014 at 11:02 am (7 years ago)

      Aw, thanks Amy!

  3. Amy | Club Narwhal
    November 11, 2014 at 9:47 am (7 years ago)

    These napkin rings are so lovely! I don’t work with wire much but you are making me want to give it a try 🙂

  4. Amy W
    November 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm (7 years ago)

    You’re so clever!


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