Make Seashell Napkin Rings For Your Summer, Beach-Themed Table Settings

Welcome to the 760th Metamorphosis Monday! One of the things I love most about blogging is hearing from you and all the wonderful crafts and projects that you’re working on. Elena, a lovely BNOTP reader, recently set a fun, beach-themed table for family that included these wonderful shell napkin rings that she hand-crafted herself.

Shell Napkin Rings, Handmade


I’ve made shell chargers before–tutorial for those is available here: DIY Shell Charger Plates.


But I’ve never tried my hand at shell napkin rings except for this sad, little attempt where I just glued a single, large shell to the top of a wooden napkin ring.


I definitely like Elena’s shell napkin rings a lot better! I know summer is starting to wind down in most places, but this would be a great winter project, especially come January/February when we mostly just want to stay snuggled down inside, dreaming of spring.

Shell Napkin Rings, Handmade


To make these shell napkin rings, these are the supplies Elena gathered together: glue gun, wooden napkin rings, and lots of small shells in various shapes and sizes. (Elena purchased the wooden napkin rings here: Wood Napkin Rings.)

Supplies for making shell napkin rings


This is a great project to work on while listening to a podcast or an audiobook. I remember when I crafted my shell chargers, arranging the various shells is a bit like doing a puzzle as you pick and choose which shells to use next depending on their shape and size. Be careful when hot-gluing the shells to the wood napkin rings because hot glue is, well, very hot!

DIY Shell Napkin Ring Tutorial


Elena used really small/tiny shells to fill in the gaps in between the bigger shells. When I made my chargers, I mostly used shells collected on a long-ago trip to Sanibel Island, but I did end up ordering a couple of packages of tiny “filler” shells from an online store. Elena shared with me that you can find shells available on Amazon, too. Update: Elena was right…I found tons of shells on Amazon here: Seashells. I found small-size shells that would work great for this project here: Small Seashells.

Make Shell Napkin Rings


I’m looking forward to sharing Elena’s beachy table real soon! In the meantime, you can find the wood napkin rings she used for this project here: Wood Napkin Rings. The pretty coral/seahorse napkins below are available here: Coral Seahorse Napkins and the seahorse/anchor napkins are available here: Seahorse Anchor Napkins.

Shell Napkin Rings, Handmade


Thanks so much to Elena for sharing this summery, beach-themed, craft idea. Can’t wait to share her table with you for a future Tablescape Thursday! Looking forward to all the great Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!

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  1. Susan,
    Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! I hope you have a great week!

  2. Those napkin rings are gorgeous and look like tons of fun to create. Your chargers are so unique. just beautiful! Thanks so much for having us over!

  3. Thanks so much Susan! I love Elena’s napkin rings, thanks for providing the links~

  4. Those are just darling! How fun of Elena to share with us – I’m looking forward to seeing the table too! Thanks so much for the party, and Happy Monday!

  5. Thanks for the party Susan. I actually have napkin rings very similar to this planned as one of my last summer projects. Great timing! Loved seeing Elena’s tutorial. Have a great day. XO- MaryJo

  6. franki parde says

    Great idea! On my “to do” list!! Thanx, franki

  7. There is just something special about creating your own one of a kind designs. Looking forward to her tablescape. I have been looking for plain plastic napkin rings to decorate for a long time. If you are at Dollar Tree at the right moment, sometimes you can find a package of silver colored ones but they aren’t thick enough. If you are ify about hot glue guns, try some E6000 glue to make napkin rings.

  8. These are beautiful napkin rings and thanks for sharing this how to. I can’t wait to see Elana’s table and it promises to be fabulous! Thanks, as always Susan, for hosting this wonderful party. Happy Monday to you and Elena!

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