Are you looking for a simple way to dress up your table setting? Napkin rings add the perfect pop of color or texture to any place setting. These budget-friendly napkin rings can be customized to fit your style and color scheme. Plus, this is a fun and easy project you can do with your kids! Here is what you’ll need.

Materials and Tools

White Polymer clay (Baking Clay)
Clay roller (or you can use a glass bottle)

Parchment Paper
Toilet tissue or Paper towel roll

Acrylic Paint

Gloss glaze (from Michael’s or any hobby supply)



Paint brushes (we suggest a disposable brush for the glaze, which dries quickly and is hard to clean)

  1. Make large clay balls, one for each napkin ring. Do this over parchment paper to keep the clay clean.
  2. Roll and flatten each ball into 1 ½ inch strips, or your preferred width.
  3. Flat wrap it around the paper roll to make sure it’s large enough to hold a napkin. It should be long enough to overlap the ends slightly; trim if it is too long.
  4. Seal the ends by gently pressing the overlapping edge onto the underlapped end. Carefully slide it off of the paper roll. If needed, re-shape and smooth any “uh-oh’s” after you take it off the paper roll.
  5. Bake according to package directions. Let cool completely.
  6. Mix acrylic paint with a little water (not too much or the paint won’t stick) and paint a simple band around the ring.
  7. Once paint is dried, use black paint (or a darker color) to add the speckle pattern or any design you wish. Let dry completely.
  8. Apply the gloss glaze. Place napkin rings on parchment paper to dry several hours or overnight.