Remember making friendship bracelets at summer camp? We reimagined those braided designs as napkin rings for casual dining. We'll show you how to make this simple craft at home.

July 11, 2018
handkerchiefs with diy braided napkin rings

We're giving braided bracelets a whole new look by turning them into fun and modern napkin rings. All you need is a few strands of suede cording, and a piece of masking tape—just like those summer camp bracelets! If you don't remember the six-strand braiding pattern from your camp days, not to worry. We've got you covered with braiding instructions and cute napkin display ideas. 

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 45 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Prepare cording strands

Cut six 30” pieces of suede cording; group the cording together and fold it in half. Tie a knot 1” down from the fold to create a loop. Use a piece of masking tape to tape the loop to a work surface. Twelve strands will hang down from the knot; divide the cords so that there are three pairs to the left of the knot and three pairs to the right. If you’re using more than one color of cording, this is where you will divide the colors to determine the bracelet’s pattern.

Step 2

Braid strands

Begin braiding the six groupings together. Starting with the far right pair, weave it over the pair to its left and under the next one so it ends up in the center. Switch to the left side: weave the two farthest left pair, over and under the inner two pairs of the left. Repeat with the pair at far left, working it to the center. Switch back to the right and repeat the same weaving pattern, weaving the outer pair over and under the inner two pairs. Continue weaving on each side, gently tightening between each row until 3” of unbraided cording remains on each pair.

Step 3

Tie off and display

When you’re left with 3” of unbraided cording, knot all 12 strands together. Remove the masking tape from the loop and lift the napkin ring. Guide the knot through the loop and trim uneven cording as needed. Wrap the braided rings around napkins for a fun take on an old camp favorite—we love the way it looks against plain bandana napkins!

Comments (2)

How difficult was this project?
August 19, 2019
Difficulty: Very Hard
The instructions are not clear. There is no overlap with the other side of the strands. I can’t get it done. There should be a video. Seems like a lovely project but with these instructions you will not get the final result you see in the picture
September 24, 2018
The way these instructions are written, you're always keeping the left three pairs separate from the right three pair. The picture looks like the pairs work fully across the other pairs. I expect I'll figure out how to work it to make it look like the picture. Plus that knot's really hard to get tied.

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