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Tile Napkin Rings

Whether you prefer real stone or bright colors, tiny tiles can add a fun touch to your dining table place settings.

Napkin ring made from glass and metallic tiles.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Utility knife and blades
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


  • allen + roth™ Venatino mixed mosaic wall tile, #354400
  • Metalux T-12 (1-1/2-in diameter) fluorescent bulb guard, #163817

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Step 1

Using a utility knife, cut strips measuring two tiles wide by eight tiles long for each napkin ring you plan to make. One 12 x 12 sheet provides enough tile for 20 strips.

Good to Know

Trim each strip so that none of the webbed backing extends beyond the edges of the tiles.

Step 2

On the fluorescent tube guard, measure 1-1/8 inches from one end, and mark the tube. Wrap a quarter-sheet of letter-size paper around the tube so that the edge closest to the end forms an even guide at the mark. Lightly score the tube with a utility knife at the paper edge. Slide the paper aside and cut a piece of tube at the score line. Repeat for each napkin ring you plan to make. (One tube will make up to 42 pieces.) On each piece of the tube, use scissors to snip the plastic from edge to edge, turning the loop into a curled strip.

Step 3

The curled strip from the tube guard will measure slightly longer than the strip of tiles. Apply glue to one end of the tile strip, and press it against the curled strip so that the ends are even. Continue applying glue to the tiles and pressing them against the plastic until you reach the opposite end.

Step 4

Metallic tiles form a novel napkin ring. Make 20 for about $12. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Apply glue to the end of the plastic strip not covered with tiles and press it against the other end of the plastic so that the tile spacing is consistent all the way around. Repeat for the remaining napkin rings. Roll a napkin into a tight coil and insert one end through a napkin ring for each place setting.