Ideas for Victorian Christmas Napkin Rings

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Ideas for Victorian Christmas Napkin Rings
Victorian Christmas decorations should be rich looking. (Victorian Christmas bell image by Randy McKown from

Victorian-style napkin rings are charming details for a Christmas dinner table and are an entertaining project to work on. Regardless of your colour scheme or the size of your dinner party, you can create holiday napkin rings that are both appealing to the eye and functional. Cleverly embellished Christmas napkin rings make nice take-home gifts and mementos.

Golden Napkin Rings

Typical Victorian-era design requires an exorbitant use of gold colouring. Gold napkin rings are a typical Victorian decoration for your holiday dinner table. Cut 4-inch long and 3-inch wide strips from gold lame fabric. Dab the edges of the strip with fabric glue and fold the edges over to make a quick hem. After the glue dries, add a 1-inch hook and fastener to the ends. Put the two ends together to make your napkin ring. Embellish the gold napkin rings by gluing on faux jewels along the outside edge. Alternatively, rather than using fabric, you could spray paint some second-hand plastic or wooden napkin rings with gold spray paint .


Tassels are regular components of Victorian decorating schemes. Tassels were handy for pulling back heavy velvet curtains and dangling from couch pillows. Use 2-inch long tassels as an easy napkin ring. Pick tassels that have round loops on top and use the loops as the rings. Choose jewel-toned colours like forest green, rich burgundy, or soft mauve to offset your best china and linens. For a richer look, double up tassels rings on linen napkins. Fold the napkins and arrange the tassels so they lay on the side facing upwards. Glue on tiny monograms at the top of the tassels. Pick gold-toned plastic letters that represent your guests. They will like taking these personalised gifts home after dinner.

Paper Ornaments

Victorian children make nice subjects for Christmas decorations. Find Victorian children clip art in rich, vibrant colours. Print the clip art on card stock and laminate them with an at-home laminating machine or get them laminated at an office print store. Clip the images out with sharp scissors and hot glue them onto plastic napkin rings. Slide your decorated ring over the folded napkins. Play up your playful paper doll idea by standing up a few Victorian paper dolls around your Christmas dinner table. Paper butterflies and rose blossoms are equally nice ideas for your paper napkin holders. Another idea is to découpage plain wooden rings with Victorian paper prints that make it look like antique wallpaper.

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