22 Festive Christmas Napkin Ideas That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Holiday Table
Neutral Christmas Napkins
Mix everyday dishware with pages from Christmas carol songbooks for a jolly holiday table. Place a gray striped napkin on a basic dinner plate and a neutral salad plate. Create your own silverware pouches with a 12-inch sheet of burlap. Cut the burlap into three 4 x 12-inch strips. To create the pocket, fold the narrow bottom edge of the strip up about 7 ½ inches. Seal the edges with hot glue. Loop a piece of twine through the burlap and tie a classic bow before tucking in a set of vintage silverware.
Christmas Cracker Napkin
This Christmas place setting will make your holiday table pop with cheer. Top a simple white charger with a scalloped plate and a striped linen napkin. Finish the Christmas napkins with a faux evergreen sprig, cotton stem, and a snowflake-shape ramekin.
Red-and-White Natural Place Setting
This casual Christmas place setting shows that simple can be beautiful. Its personality starts with a classic, cleverly folded pocket napkin stuffed with a sprig of evergreen. Add artfully arranged silverware, an inexpensive off-white place mat, layered red and white dishes, and a frame of grapevine twigs—all on a table runner cut from bargain burlap.
Christmas Tree Napkin Fold
This no-sew Christmas tree napkin is a simple fold for a square napkin. First, lay it flat and press (crisp edges are easier to work with). Next, fold in half, then in half again to make a square. Turn the napkin so outside corners are pointed toward you. Folding up from the bottom, fold each layer to create a stacked triangle. Holding the napkin with both hands, flip it over, then fold each outside corner diagonally to the opposite edge and create a cone shape. Flip it again and fold each triangle's point up and tuck into the layer above.
Monogram Napkin Display
Settle into the comforts of a holiday at home by decorating with a simple monogram. For a personal touch, tie a metal cutout letter around your napkin with a bit of baker's twine in your color scheme.
Editor's Tip: Use what you have to achieve this look—snip the greenery from your Christmas tree or evergreen in your garden, and use leftover string from your gift-wrap stash.
Farmhouse Christmas Napkins
Set off white plates with a rustic woven charger. Top with a soft cotton linen napkin and a DIY place card made from a small toy animal, ($5, Michaels). Simply spray paint the figurine gold and let dry. A sprig of winter greenery adds a touch of nature.
Editor's Tip: Round cardboard and metal tags tied to the toy’s neck with a bit of jute make the perfect place card.
Buffalo Check Christmas Napkin
Christmas Gift Table Setting
Mimic the gifts under your tree by wrapping your Christmas table setting like a present. Place a square folded red cloth napkin on your favorite china dishes, wrap the place setting with a complementary ribbon, and tie a loopy bow in the center.
Snowflake Napkin Ring
Head to the crafts store for an unfinished wooden snowflake ornament. Use a fine point marker to add your guest's name. To create the beaded napkin ring, string unfinished wood beads on a length of elastic. Use a drill to make a small hole on the ornament and tie it to the beads.
Red and White Place Setting
Stick to a cohesive color scheme to create these festive Christmas napkins. Add a hint of color to a white napkin with a thin red-and-white-striped ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a knot and leave the ends long to add a playful feel to a crisp place setting.
Berry Toile Napkin
DIY Succulent Napkin Ring
Velvet Bow Napkins
Christmas Napkin Folding
Greenery Christmas Napkin
Greenery is a lovely addition to any party table setting. Here a perfect sprig of boxwood graces each napkin. Create your own holiday table runner by placing cut evergreen branches, boxwood sprigs, and pinecones down the center of your table.
Knot Christmas Napkin
Celebratory Cross-Stitch Napkin
Instead of traditional embroidered napkins and spell out a fun message for guests. Cross-stitch a holiday greeting with red thread on a white napkin. Don't worry about stitching perfectly, messy lettering gives the look of a little kid writing a wish list to Santa. Embellish the napkins with ribbon, small ornaments, or pinecones.
Velvet Napkin Ring
Sometimes Mother Nature knows best, as in this simple table setting that features a napkin accented by a single seeded eucalyptus sprig. For added drama, layer your plate on a buffalo check place mat. Finish the Christmas napkin with a black grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot.
Christmas Light Napkin
Dress up your everyday white napkins with a DIY floral napkin ring. To make, gather a bunch of faux flowers and greenery. Secure with florists tape and finish with a jute ribbon.
Editor's Tip: Customize your Christmas napkin ring with seasonal flowers in shades of red and white.
Dyed Fabric Napkins
Embellished Cloth Napkins
Put your personal touch on your Christmas cloth napkins! Dress up worn or plain cloth napkins using a few simple stitches. We'll walk you through the basics of visible mending including tips for creating intricate and colorful designs.
Look no further than the Christmas tree lot for this nature-inspired scene. Choose a country or floral napkin in green and white (think flour or feed sack fabrics). Tuck in a few twigs and branches before securing with jute.