Effortless Napkins for Thanksgiving
Napkins for Thanksgiving don't have to be fussy. Add a pop of unexpected color with a turquoise cloth napkin. Bring in natural colors from the rest of the table display with wood napkin rings. Look for some with a touch of metal for a chic look, or make your own with metallic paint.
For a contemporary look, stick with plain white and gold accents. Just roll a white cloth napkin and secure with a fun gold napkin ring. Continue the gold accents throughout the table decor.
These DIY hand-dyed napkins are the perfect way to dress up your Thanksgiving table. Combine water and liquid dye in a large pot, then boil linen napkins in the dye bath for at least 30 minutes. Once the desired color is achieved, remove napkins from the dye bath, rinse thoroughly, and hang up to dry. Fold and place next to each plate at your Thanksgiving feast.
Bold and Bright
These hand-painted linen napkins add color to plain dinnerware. Find an on-trend design that matches your favorite place mats, tie with neutral-toned leather lacing, and display in front of each seat.
Patterned Pinecone Napkins
Get this simple seasonal napkin look by hot gluing small pine sprigs and pinecones to a solid-colored napkin ring. For a fun look, use patterned napkins for Thanksgiving.
Making your own Thanksgiving napkin decorations is simple. Get this look by hot gluing small plastic turkeys to the top of simple napkin rings. After the glue has dried, spray the rings with a metallic spray paint for a subtle finish.
Tagged Napkin Rings
These crafty baubles pack a two-for-one punch as both napkin rings and place cards. Print guests' names on decorative paper and cut to fit on metal pendant frames. Glue paper tags to the back of the pendants and string onto lengths of thin hemp (both pendants and hemp are available at jewelry supplies at crafts stores). Tie the tags around rolled napkins and tuck a wheat shock or two behind the tag.
Floral Napkin Ring
Add a pop of color to this year’s spread with a floral napkin ring. Create a small bouquet by attaching sprigs of faux flowers and greenery to a strip of craft wire with florists’ tape. Place the bouquet on top of the napkin and wrap the craft wire around it multiple times to secure. Then, cover the wire with twine and place on each guest’s plate.
Suede Braided Napkin Ring
These suede napkin rings are a modern take on our favorite childhood camp bracelets. Using a six-strand braiding pattern, braid six 30-inch strands of suede cording together and tie off. Wrap the braid around a rolled-up napkin or colorful bandana.
For this cute custom look, find cardboard gift tags (or cut your own with decorative edged scissors). Write guest names on the tags, and secure sideways on a rolled napkin with a thin satin ribbon. Turn the napkin on the place setting so the tag is facing out.
Dress up a simple white napkin with a lovely leaf name card. Using a colored marker, write your guests’ names on faux magnolia leaves, then place each one on top of a neutral-toned napkin. To bring out the warm tones in your dinner display, opt for textured plates and gold cutlery.
This Thanksgiving napkin folding idea couldn't be easier. If your Thanksgiving decorating style is more understated, simply roll cloth napkins and tie with a piece of twine. The result is an effortless look, but the texture of the twine reflects the nature of the season.
Black Tie Event
Accentuate a patterned tablecloth with this black and white napkin display. Wrap a white linen napkin in silk ribbon, then tuck a sprig or two of black faux leaves into the center. For a little more color, add a few green leaves behind the black ones.
Earthy and Natural
Warm-toned table settings can add a cozy, natural effect to your decor this year. Wrap a patterned napkin in a leather napkin ring, then poke faux dandelions or other greenery into the center. Place on neutral dinner plates and finish out the look with a woven place mat.
Decorate your holiday dinner table with napkins and napkin rings that match the season. You can be creative and combine unexpected items or go for a more traditional look. Give your table settings a personal touch by tying napkins with ribbon printed with a seasonal message. Use a permanent marker to handwrite names on dried or fresh leaves for place cards.
Match your place settings to the table’s centerpiece for a cohesive look. To create a napkin setting similar to the one seen here, practice a few festive napkin folds and place fresh fruit in the center. Write your guests’ names on a place card or faux leaf and tie to the stem with ribbon.
Draw attention to your favorite cutlery with this easy napkin display. Print or draw festive lettering on colored card stock, then cut into long strips. Fold and fasten loosely around a white napkin and tuck your favorite silverware in between.
Acorn Napkin Tie
Bring nature to the table with a pretty do-it-yourself napkin tie by embellishing velvet ribbon with twigs and acorns. Simply secure the end of the twig in the knot of the ribbon. Look for unique faux acorns (like this pearl acorn) for a more elegant look.
Rosemary Napkin Rings
These napkins for Thanksgiving utilize your garden's bountry. Make enchantingly-scented rosemary rings up to four hours before use. Overlap the two ends of the sprig on the back of the napkin, and secure with green floral wire.
This simple Thanksgiving DIY uses window screens to make a festive leaf perfect for displaying at your dinner table. Cut leaf shapes out of window screen panels and spray with gold spray paint. Draw veins on the leaf with gold or bronze puffy paint and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once dry, show off the leaves by placing them on a colorful napkin.