Beaded Napkin Rings

On a hunt for napkin rings for our Thanksgiving dinner, my five-year-old and I decided we would make our own. Using pipe cleaner and wooden beads, we ended up creating a fun fall craft that our family will enjoy for years to come.

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather all of your ingredients. You will need a pipe cleaner for each napkin ring that you plan to make. For some rings, we used only beads; for others, we added a leaf button. This craft could be changed up in so many ways and could work for every holiday by changing the bead colors.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    My daughter loves to thread beads (and the tasks help her improve her fine motor skills!). We sat together and experimented with different patterns to figure out what we liked the best.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Once the beads are in place, twist the pipe cleaners to close and snip the ends or twist back down around the ring. Remember to leave enough room for your napkin to fit through. At one point, a napkin ring turned into a spyglass --and I think Emma may have enjoyed that even more than the napkin ring!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    These napkin rings were very special to make with my daughter. I love watching her creative mind start to make all sorts of different projects with just two basic art supplies.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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