Make Pine Cone Napkin Rings for a Nature-Themed Table Setting

I absolutely love it when readers of Between Naps on the Porch are inspired by something they’ve seen here in a post. Recently, I received an e-mail from Terri who had seen something in this past fall table setting that she really liked. Can you guess what it was?

I guess the title of this post sort of gave it away, huh?

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 Tablescape can be viewed here: Woodland or Nature-Themed Table Setting

Yep, it was the pine cone napkin rings. I found these a few years back in Pier 1. I remember the day I found them, I had to drive to another Pier 1 to get a set of 6 since they only have 5 in the location nearest me.

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Here’s a better view of one below.

Terri asked if I had made mine. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pine trees in my yard, though they are in abundance in Georgia. Remember that old Ray Charles hit “Georgia on My Mind“? I’ve always loved that song.

♪ I said Georgia, Oh, Georgia
A song of you
Comes as sweet and clear
As moonlight through the pines. ♫

Pine Cone Napkin Ring


Terri decided to give it a try and make her own. She did and here’s how they looked in her Thanksgiving table setting. Beautiful!

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I asked Terri when we were e-mailing back and forth if she would take some pics when she made her napkin rings so I could share the tutorial with you. She did!

I’ll let Terri take it from here and explain how she made them.

Terri’s Tutorial for Pine Cone Napkin Rings

Supplies Needed:

Pine Cones
Grapevine Covered Wire
Hot Glue Gun (or a strong craft glue)

“I purchased the vine wire in the floral department at Hobby Lobby and cut designated lengths using a wire cutter.”

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“My husband then drilled the tiny holes into the pine cones.  I’m not certain what type cones these are, but they are MUCH harder than the more open type that typically shed their seeds and are a lot softer.  If you don’t have the harder type, I have seen them in Fall Potpourri mixes.”

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“I then glued the wire into each pine cone with a dollop of hot glue.”

Make Napkin Rings from Pine Cones


“I wrapped the wires around a small bottle to get a uniform shape to each napkin ring, and to avoid too much manipulation going forward.  That allowed me to roll and insert napkins without having to shape each time.”

Make Napkin Rings from Pine Cones


Twelve (12) napkin rings cost me $2.99, a smattering of hot glue and about 15 minutes of time.  I’m actually thinking about possibly adding a small “cap” cover over the place where the vine wire inserts into the pine cone…maybe a tiny circle of brown felt, or something.  Actually, the possibilities are endless.”

Terri curled the end of the wire back to give it a finished look.  Wow, $2.99 for 12 napkin rings…I think that’s about what I paid for one!

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Terri, thanks so much for sharing your tutorial for making these cute pine cone napkin rings. I know lots of folks will be inspired to make their own, now!

Make Napkin Rings from Pine Cones


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  1. Very nice! I love how quick and easy they are to make.

  2. What a fantastic idea! I love natural elements incorporated into design! Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! Your table is stunning!

  3. Too cute, love that she made them….now I know what I can do with leftover pinecones now that I have my tree done in a rustic theme…

  4. Dorinda Selke says

    I just love these! Thanks for your great tutorial and inspiring pictures – These would be great to use all winter long !

  5. Just “way cool!!” franki

  6. I love this idea, I will be changing my decorations for a second christmas inspired post, and I just might have to include this.

  7. What a great idea! They look wonderful. I love when the Mr. gets involved and lends a helping hand. Oh, and Susan, I love your table setting – it is one of my favorites.

  8. How clever!! I am saving this idea… I too don’t have any pine ones near me… Will have to remember to grab some next time I head up to the mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging comments! I love these napkin rings, and you’re right – they will work throughout the Fall and Winter seasons! Susan’s tabletops are the absolute BEST…and she’s to blame for all the inspiration…I LOVE her potterybarn knock-offs, etc. I start each day visiting her wonderful porch in Georgia!

  10. That is a really good idea. Not expensive, only little bit of time, and looks really good, maybe I will drag the drill out and give one a try…. Candy

  11. Linda S. in NE says

    Terri mentioned that if she made more of these, she might try to cover the area where the cording is inserted into the pine cone. On Susan’s napkin holders, I noticed a piece of ribbon tied in a simple half knot. I bet this would hide that area, and the ribbon could even be changed according to the event, such as fall or Christmas. One other comment about how brave her husband is to hold something so small in his hands while using a drill. Did he complete the task with no “owie, owie’s”?

    • LOL! My husband (like all husbands) thinks he is bullet-proof. Fortunately, no “owie, owie’s” in this project. It may just be his drill, but it went slower than I thought it would, and never slipped. I think the more safety-conscious may prefer to anchor the pinecone onto (or into something – perhaps a garden pot with sand) before drilling. And I LOVE the idea of the simple half-knot of ribbon that can change with the event – GREAT idea!

  12. Thanks for sharing this! The step by step tutorial is great, and makes it seem pretty easy. Definitely giving this a try!

  13. Were the acorn ramekins just for decoration in the top photo or is there something in them? Gorgeous photos! Thanks ladies 🙂

  14. So pretty, love the chandy and the mirror is gorgeous.

  15. Oh Susan thanks so much for the DIY post on the pine cone napkin rings. They are really lovely and look so good.

  16. Adorable!….and what a great idea and easy too…I love them! Thank you for sharing dear Susan.
    Ypur red dining room is gorgeous for the Season to be Jolly.
    Have a lovely December.


  17. With all that you do, it is impossible not to be inspired by what we see. The fun is then making it our own!

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