Tree Branch Napkin Rings

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We had a major snowstorm over Halloween weekend this year and the weight of the snow caused branches and trees to fall all over town. Luckily our house didn’t suffer any damage, but we did have a lot of large branches in our back yard. I decided to cut up the branches for firewood, although I think that most of it will probably end up as kindling. The branches also inspired us to look back at one of our favorite books of the last year, Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann, and decided to set  a few branches aside and make something for the Thanksgiving table…napkin rings. Why not?!! All we did is just cut up one branch into 1 1/2-inch sections, drill a hole and paint them!

Here’s what we needed to make the napkin rings:

  • A branch about 2 ½-inches in diameter
  • High gloss brown spray paint

Here’s what we needed to put it together:

  • Saw
  • Drill with 1 ½-inch drill bit
  • 2 clamps
  • Sandpaper

Let’s make napkin rings!


  • Start by cleaning the branch with soap and water and let dry.
  • Next, cut one end of the branch to make it flat and measure 1 ½-inches from that end, and cut. Repeat for the number of napkin rings that you want. We did 6 to go with our placemats.


  • Taking the first branch piece, clamp it to a stable surface and drill a 1 ½-inch hole through the center of the branch. Repeat for the other napkin rings.
  • Now, sand both ends and the center of the napkin ring. Pay special attention to the inside of the napkin ring to make it smooth. You don’t want the stray wood pieces to damage your napkins.
  • Finish them by spray painting the rings inside and out, let dry and apply several coats.

In true OCH style, these napkin rings were cheap, super easy, and didn’t take much time at all. They’ll go perfectly with our Thanksgiving…now, I think it’s time to start on tomorrow’s meal!


5 Responses to Tree Branch Napkin Rings

  1. kywoman58 says:

    I love your ideas!!! I always seem to have a smile on my face when I read your blog. Thank-you.

  2. cate says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both! I hope your holiday table is full of good things to eat and people that love you and that you love!.

  3. Genie says:

    Like this idea a lot but I would have left the rings natural and not painted them. Maybe put a coat of poly on them but otherwise, leave them natural!

  4. Donna says:

    I like this…. Can’t wait to try it out on all the dead branches in our tree rows.


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