Guest Post: DIY Napkin Rings! | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Longtime BSB reader Lindsey has offered to share a quick and easy DIY tutorial with us today to help you craft napkin rings that you can use for your reception! Pair these simple napkin rings with your napkins to spice up your table settings. It’s amazing how a easy and inexpensive project can really add color to your table and an extra detail to swoon over! Finding budget-friendly ways to tie your theme and vision together are what make beautiful budget savvy weddings! Thanks Lindsey for sharing this with us! -Jessica

The colors for my February beach-themed wedding were aqua and coral, and starfish were incorporated in most of the details. I had been on the hunt for the perfect napkin rings to use with our aqua napkins but wasn’t finding anything. Thankfully, my mom is a crafting genius! If I don’t find what I’m looking for — or find it but it’s too expensive — we just figure out how to make it!

Here’s how to make your own napkin rings:

Use a 12″ x 12″ cardstock weight paper in your desired color. Using a paper trimmer, cut in to 1″ x 12″ strips. Use an adhesive, such as Glue Dots brand, to secure the beginning and end of the cardstock strip into a circle to make the desired circumference. Use two adhesive dots.

In my case, we bought about 100 starfish from a beach shop, and my mom painted each one with acrylic paint (Americana or Folk Art brands) and a foam brush. (She’s awesome, isn’t she?!) Then add your embellishment of choice with an adhesive dot to the top of the cardstock circle, and voilà! (The cost came out to less than $1 per napkin ring.)

You can buy a paper trimmer, cardstock, glue dot adhesive and embellishments at your local craft store. Have fun!

Photo courtesy of AR Annahita Photography + Graphic Design

Lindsey Robertson is a public relations professional in North Central Florida. She got married in February in Gainesville after wedding planning for 14 months. Lindsey and her husband honeymooned in Charleston and Savannah and live in Florida with their three cats.\r\n\r\n

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • etta thomas
    • June 3rd, 2010

    WOW! What beautiful colors! It's amazing how, a simple and inexpesive detail, can create just the look you want to achieve.

  1. All your wedding details were amazing. The color choices were to die for. Glad we were able to be part of the day.

    • Lindsey Robertson
    • June 4th, 2010

    Thank you you both!! Glad you were able to be a part, Betsy!

    • girlsbestfriendandco
    • June 7th, 2010

    Wow what an unusual color combo. Red and turquoise? Its very striking. I can see possibly in a beach or ocean setting.