Set a Pretty Table with DIY Braided Vine Napkin Rings

The following post is from Janel of Life with Lucie and Ella.:

Now that November is here, I’m so ready to start planning a fabulous Thanksgiving meal with my sister-in-law. Not only do I love a delicious meal, but I love a pretty place setting too.

A couple of weeks ago, I fell in love with Mandi’s Simple Grapevine Wreath when it appeared as part of the 101 Days of Christmas series. Simple, yet beautiful. The grapevine of the wreath reminded me of some brown “vine” wire that I picked up at the craft store awhile ago. I was inspired to replicate the wreath’s look in the form of a napkin ring.

These braided vine napkin rings will add a pretty touch to your Thanksgiving Table!

How to Make Braided Vine Napkin Rings:

Supplies:

  • brown “vine” wire (I used “Panacea Naturally Wired” that I found at Joann Fabrics)
  • wire cutters
  • large binder clip from the office supply store
  • hot glue gun & gluesticks
  • fabric flowers and leaves

Directions:

Braid the vine wire.

  • For a thin napkin ring: Cut three lengths of brown “vine” wire (mine were about 8″ long) with the wire cutters. Use hot glue to secure the ends on one side together, then place the glued end inside a binder clip to help stabilize it while you loosely braid the vine wire. As you’re braiding, bend the wire as necessary to get the look how you want.
  • For a thicker napkin ring: Cut an odd number of pieces of wire. (For this sample, I used 5 pieces.) Secure with hot glue and the binder clip as described for the regular 3-strand braid. Take the wire from the far right and move it to the center position. Then, take the wire on the far left and move it to the center position. Continue braiding in this fashion until you’ve braided the entire length.

Form the napkin ring.
Once your wire is braided, loop the braid into a circle.  You may need to use the wire cutters to adjust the size – just clip off any excess wire. Use hot glue to secure the ends of the braid together to form a napkin ring. To cover up the cut ends of the wire, you can glue some extra fabric or ribbon around the area where the ends come together. (I used some green costume satin with the cut edges folded in for a cleaner look.)

Embellish the napkin ring.
Glue your fabric flowers and leaves onto the napkin ring. I used orange glitter costume satin to make these rolled fabric flowers. Because costume satin frays easily, I made sure that the cut edge of the fabric was rolled and glued down to give the flower a more “finished” look. For the fabric leaves, I followed the instructions from my satin flower tutorial.

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Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two and law school wife. Raised in a budget-conscious and do-it-yourself minded family, she loves seeing something in a store or magazine and making her own version at home for less money. Janel blogs about motherhood, crafts and recipes at Life with Lucie and Ella.