Easy Thanksgiving Place Settings with DIY Napkin Rings

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On Thanksgiving Day, after a full morning of cooking, I generally want to spend very little time making sure the table is pretty. Our dinner is usually just served to immediate family, so we don’t have any guests to impress. But still, I’ve been wanting to put in at least a little more effort toward making the table look nice. The only way I’ll realistically be able to do this is to plan in advance and do prep work before hand.

So when Walmart challenged me to do a decor project for the season, I figured I may as well focus on making the dinner table look like I put in some real effort. With a few supplies, I was able to create a simple, but really graphic and pretty place setting that won’t take long to set up before dinner is served.


You may have noticed those napkin rings. I may be a tiny bit biased, but I sort of love them, and they were super simple to make.

DIY Burlap Fan Napkin Rings


You’ll Need:


I always say I’m going to use toilet paper and paper towel rolls for projects, and I’m glad I finally got the chance. For this, I prefer paper towel rolls, because 1. These will be on the dinner table and 2. Paper towel rolls tend to be stiffer and hold their shape better.


Cut off about a 2.5″ section of roll. Then wrap the roll with a piece of ribbon, hot glueing it as you go all the way around.


Keep in mind that you will need to shift upward on the way around in order to cover the entire roll all the way to the edges, so they’re not visible. The result will be really simple, but chic.


I have to stop for a moment to mention this gorgeous chevron printed burlap fabric. We Walmart Moms received some on a recent trip to Walmart headquarters, and I have been dying to put it to use. Isn’t it gorgeous?!


Anyway, cut about a 5″ x 3″ square of the burlap fabric, and fold it accordion style.



Put a little hot glue between the folds at the bottom edge of the accordion to hold it together. Allow the top of the fabric to open like a fan.


Finally, hot glue the burlap fan to the ribbon-covered napkin ring. Roll your napkin and stick it in the ring.


I am so enamored with these napkin rings that I’m thinking about making them to give as gifts!

Note: These cloth, microfiber napkins from Better Homes & Gardens cost just $4/pair at Walmart and the quality is really great. They are water-resistant as well, so they should hold up well throughout the meal. And they are a lot less wasteful than disposable paper napkins. Can I get an “Amen”?


Pulling the rest of the place setting together was easy. On the Walmart trip, we also received some chevron printed cotton fabric that I also love. I received orange and black, and I knew they would be a great way to incorporate my modern sensibilities into our Thanksgiving table.

I folded a piece of the orange fabric large enough to cover the middle of my large dinner plates. I admit this serves absolutely no purpose except to add a layer of cushioning between the small plate and the large one, and to add some color. But it looks great, right?


Lastly, I used the black chevron fabric as a table runner. It was the perfect length and width for the middle of the table. Finally, I stole my chalkboard pumpkin from last week’s fall decor project to use as a centerpiece that won’t get in the way of conversations at the table.


The finished look is modern and eclectic — much like my personal style. I just may have to do this place setting thing more often.

What do you think, and are you planning to decorate the table for Thanksgiving?

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • James Paulson November 18, 2013, 1:48 pm

    My sister and I picked up some leaf-shaped place mats to go with the new West Elm dining room table my parents bought. Instead of going with the stereotypical Fall theme, we’re thinking of cutting up the foam placemats and making a mobile out of them!

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