The year may be racing to its end, but there is still time to make festive napkin rings for your end-of-year and Christmas celebrations.

Have you started planning your family’s end-of-year and Christmas celebrations?

We’ve learnt how to make cement place card holders and jar lanterns and now this next DIY project from Builder’s is another great way to add festive cheer to your home.

They also make great gifts and nobody will guess that these napkin rings are offcuts of PVC pipe. Their camouflage is decoupage.

You will need:

  • Hacksaw
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Paper napkins
  • PVC pipe
  • Heritage Modge Podge
  • Heritage Polyurethane Hard Varnish – High Gloss
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Painter’s tape
  • Sandpaper

Step 1

Measure and mark 40mm lengths of PVC pipe.

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Step 2

Use a hacksaw to cut the pipe. It’s even easier if you have a cut-off or mitre saw.

Step 3

Smooth any rough edges with 100-grit sand paper.

Tip: Put Painter’s tape around the pipe to guide you as you saw.

Step 4

Use Prestik on either side of the napkin to pull the layers apart. You only need the printed layer.

Step 5

Cut the napkin into three to five millimetres strips just wider than the PVC pipe at both sides.

Tip: If your pipe has printing on it, spray with Rust-Oleum Flat White Primer to ensure there’s no show-through.

Step 6

Paint a thin layer of Modge Podge on a small part of the pipe and place the napkin strip onto the ring, then paint over it with Modge Podge.

Step 7

Fold the napkin strip back and apply Modge Podge to another small area of the pipe, then stick it down by painting another thin layer on top. In this way you are painting Modge Podge on both sides of the napkin. Repeat until the whole napkin ring is covered.

Step 8

Smear Modge Podge on the inside of the PVC Pipe with your finger and fold the edges of the napkin inward, then gently smooth them down.

Tip: Put a skewer between two paint tins as a drying rack for the wet napkin rings.

Step 9

Paint the dried napkin rings inside and out with Heritage Polyurethane Hard Varnish. Make sure varnish is completely dry before using the napkin rings.