DIY 05: Birch Log Napkin Rings

December 7th, 2012 | Posted by Becki Peckham in 12 DIY's Of Christmas | DIY | Holidays/Seasons | Home Renovation

Last year I was struggling to find cute DIY Christmas gifts when I came across this DIY on birch log napkin rings! I made these for my parents and a close friend. They were fairly easy to make and ADORABLE on the table. The hardest thing was finding a birch log large enough to put a napkin through. I ended up buying my log at Walmart, but if you want to do this for free you can hunt for a fallen tree in the forest.

- Thick branch or log (mine was birch and came from Walmart)
- Electric drill and hole saw bit, 1 3/8″ – 1 3/4″, depending on the branch thickness
- Clear coat spray (I used Rona’s lacquer spray paint in a flat finish)
- Table mounted vise clamp
- Chop saw or hand saw
- Sandpaper
- Tack cloth

Step 1: Cutting
With your saw, cut four segments off the end of the log about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick.

Step 2: Cut Hole
Secure your first log segment in the vise clamp and drill a hole through the centre. We actually don’t have a table mounted vise clamp so we used a strap wrench instead to hold the log in place, making sure the wrench was oriented in the same direction the drill was spinning. Using a strap wrench is not advised, however, as the wood slips very easily.

Step 3: Sand
Lightly sand over the tops and inside of the hole to smooth the fresh cut wood. Do not sand the bark if you want to keep the birch look.

Step 4: Remove dust
Use a tack cloth to remove dust from the napkin rings.

Step 5: Clear coat
Spray both sides and inside of the napkin rings with three or more coats of clear coat, following the recommendations on the can.

Put a napkin in the ring once it’s done and you have a really cute homemade gift! You can also make place card holders, tea light holders or coasters if you can find a thick enough log.

Here are a few other DIY napkin ring ideas that I love:
Vintage Fork Napkin Rings
Rustic Napkin Rings Using Greenery
Felt Napkin Rings


- Becki

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