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Whimsical Spring Napkin Rings made from Upcycled Jeans

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Decorate your spring table with these upcycled denim spring napkin rings.

It is finally starting to feel like spring around here. The flowers are starting to grow and the baby animals are being born.

With Easter around the corner, I am excited to start spring entertaining. So I partnered with Spellbinders to get us ready!

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A Sunday brunch or Easter party is the perfect time to make a fun table setting with these woodland critter Spring Napkin Rings.

Three napkin rings made from paper and upcycled denim in woodland animals with white napkins inside them.

Spring is the perfect time for a little whimsy in your decor. There is something about the hope of new beginnings to make life a little more fun.

When I saw these woodland creature dies from Spellbinders, I knew they would be perfect for a whimsical table setting for spring.

DIY bunny and fox napkin rings on a spring table sitting on white plates with white napkins inside them.

To make the whimsical spring napkin rings a little more sophisticated, I decided to use an unexpected material: denim.

Most people think of denim for jeans and jackets. But this everyday material is so fun for home decor. Even better, you can make things out of worn-out jeans. I’m all for upcycling all kinds of things out of denim.

Close up of the fox napkin ring made from upcycled jeans on the table.

And with these denim woodland creatures, you can keep the rest of your tablescape neutral. A little burlap, some creamy white plates and white napkins will make this whimsical table setting perfect for a warm weather brunch or spring gathering.

Close up of the light denim bunny napkin ring around a white napkin.

Pick your favorite critters or make them all the same. Have some fun with these whimsical spring napkin rings!

Close up of the raccoon napkin ring made with a dark denim stripe.

How to Make Whimsical Spring Napkin Rings

Supplies:

Gather your supplies. The steel rule dies can cut through thick materials like denim and felt (and even thicker materials like leather and metal).

If you do not have a Spellbinder’s die cut machine, you can also create your own napkin rings by cutting shapes to make your own animals by hand!

Scraps of denim from cut up jeans.

With your scraps of denim, build a cutting sandwich with a cutting plate, the denim, the die, then top it off with another cutting plate. Run it through your machine.

Spellbinders die cut machine cutting denim.

Cut the decorative pieces of the woodland creatures out of felt scraps. You can cut small pieces and lay them over just the parts you need cut instead of cutting the entire die. Build your sandwich the same as before and run it through the machine.

White felt placed over section of die it need to be cut from.

Use hot glue to glue the denim and felt pieces together.

Bunny napkin ring pieces being glued together with hot glue.

Cut the larger pieces of the die out with coverstock the same way you did the denim.

Cutting out cardstock for a backing to the denim design.

Using the spray adhesive, cover the back of the coverstock pieces with glue and then adhere to the back of the denim.

Glueing the cardstock to the back of the finished denim bunny.

Cut a 1″ x 5″ piece of coverstock and roll in a circle. Glue to the ends together with hot glue.

Making a ring out of cardstock for the napkin ring.

Glue the ring onto the back of the napkin ring.

Glueing the ring on the back of the paper backing.

Now all that is left is to add your napkins and set the table! These fun whimsical spring napkin rings are perfect for an Easter brunch or spring party.

Raccoon, bunny and fox DIY napkin rings for spring.

What is your favorite woodland critter? I can’t decide, they are all so fun for spring!

Two woodland critter napkin rings made from denim on a salad plate.

I can’t wait to use our woodland spring napkin rings. Let’s hope spring is here to stay!

Three woodland critter spring napkin rings on a table.

Easy DIY Spring Napkin Rings

Yield: 3 napkin rings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

Decorate your table for spring with these whimsical woodland critters. The spring napkin rings are made from upcycled jeans and are quick to make.

Materials

  • Denim scraps
  • Felt scraps
  • Coverstock (heavy cardstock)
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Spray adhesive

Tools

  • Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cut machine with dies
  • Or scissors to cut your own animal designs

Instructions

    1. Cut out the pieces for each napkin ring. If using the die cut machine, build a cutting sandwich with a cutting plate, the denim, the die, then top it off with another cutting plate. Run it through your machine.
    2. Cut the decorative pieces of the woodland creatures out of felt scraps.
    3. Use hot glue to glue the denim and felt pieces together.
    4. Cut the larger pieces of the die out with coverstock the same way you did the denim.
    5. Using the spray adhesive, cover the back of the coverstock pieces with glue and then adhere to the back of the denim.
    6. Cut a 1" x 5" piece of coverstock and roll in a circle. Glue to the ends together with hot glue.
    7. Glue the ring onto the back of the napkin ring.
    8. Pull your napkin through the ring on the back and set your spring table!

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