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You Could Never Have Imagined the Alternative Uses of Napkin Rings

Alternative Uses of Napkin Rings
If alternative uses of napkin rings is what you are looking for, then you have certainly landed up on the right page. This post is about the different ways in which you can use your napkin rings, all with just a little bit of creativity. Enjoy reading!
Mukulika Mukherjee
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Napkin rings are a brilliant way to bring in a touch of creativity to the table décor. Whenever you decorate your table for a party or a get-together, getting just the right napkin rings that go with the theme of your party, can add that touch of style and elegance to the table. For starters, napkin rings are nothing but small rings that are used to hold folded napkins in place. These rings come in different shapes and sizes, and also in different designs and themes. So, you can get everything, from Christmas-themed napkin rings for a Christmas dinner, to ones that are best-suited for a toddler's birthday party!

Now, say you have a set of napkin rings you haven't used for long (and don't intend to!), or one that you have used so often that you have grown out of it, and planning to get new ones. In either case, a few alternative uses can save the rings from landing up in the trash box. This way, you may also end up with some innovative and cost-effective items that you can use to decorate the house! Sounds interesting? Well, the best part is that these ideas are simple and would leave you wanting for more.
Innovative Ways to Use Napkin Rings
Napkin rings can be all you need to create beautiful home décor and accessories. Wondering how? Just have a look at the list below which enlists some other uses of napkin rings. Note that this is in no way a comprehensive list and that there can be many more uses of napkin rings.
Curtain Holdbacks
Curtain Holdbacks
This is perhaps the first thing that would come to your mind, when you think of using your napkin rings differently. If you have beautiful napkin rings lying around the house, why not use them to add a touch of bling to your curtains? What's more, it's easy and the effect can be really splendid. You can use rings of different designs for different rooms in your house, depending on the color of the curtains, or that of the walls of the room. However, it is important to note that for this, you need to have curtains of soft and fine fabric. Using napkin rings as curtain holdbacks is easy: all you need to do is slip in the curtain into the napkin ring and slide the ring upwards. While simple napkin rings can serve your purpose, using pretty and embellished rings can really make your curtains look beautiful.
Hair Clips and Accessories
rubber band with bow
If you've got a few pretty napkin rings, then this is something really interesting and worth a try. While the concept of using napkin rings as hair accessories may have never occurred to you, you'd be surprised at the many options. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you can use them on your hair or modify them to create hair accessories of your own. Both ways, you'll have accessories for your hair, that you can flaunt in style. And if a set of "plain" napkin rings is all you have, just use bows, ribbons, and tassels (and your creativity!) to transform them into objects of beauty!
Floral Centerpiece
If you have cylindrical napkin rings like the one shown in one of the images above, then this can be a simple yet innovative way to use them. Depending on the number of rings you have with you, think of a pattern that can incorporate flowers of different colors. Once you have a design, cut the stalk of the flowers short and place them inside the rings, one flower each. Now, arrange the rings (with the flowers inside them) to form beautiful patterns. For a better effect, you can choose flowers in colors that complement the theme or color scheme of the room. For example, if you have decorated the entire room in pink for a dinner with your girl pals, you can create a centerpiece with pink flowers like roses, pink carnations, calla lilies, and orchids.
Electrical Cord Holder
lighting equipment
One of the most practical uses of napkin rings would probably be to use them for holding electrical cords together in an organized manner. We have so many electrical appliances in our homes these days that their cords can be really messy, all entangled and entwined with one another. To prevent such a scenario, just pass the cords through a napkin ring when you are inserting the cords of more than one appliance in the same plug. When you store an electrical appliance, you can simply coil its cord and use a napkin ring to hold the coil in place. This will make it easier for you to store your appliances within a smaller space.
Decorations for Your Christmas Tree
family decorating christmas tree
Napkin rings can be used to create beautiful Christmas-themed decorations. Instead of getting ready-made stuff for decorating your Christmas tree, you can make some on your own and have fun with the entire family. All you would need are some decorating stuff like glitter, colorful ribbons, small bells, acrylic colors, and the like. Paint the napkin rings in Christmas colors, dab some glitter, decorate with ribbon bows, and voila! Your napkin ring decoration is all set to be hung on the Christmas tree! You can even attach small bells or stars to it. The decorated rings can even be hung from the ceiling or used to make a wind chime, if you know how to make one. What goes without saying is that if you have Christmas-themed napkin rings, you can directly use them to beautify your Christmas tree.
Candle Holders
candle light
Looking out for unique candle holders for small candles? Well, then napkin rings might be all you need! Just pick a few of them that are cylindrical and place the candles inside. Of course, you can add to the "wow factor" by decorating the rings with glitter, or painting them in vibrant colors. If you are into candle making, then you can place the candles inside napkins rings of different designs, and make them look beautiful and unique. You can even get ordinary candles from the market and transform them into splendid objects of art, using some of the prettiest napkin rings in your collection.
Stuff for a Doll House
doll house
If your little angel has a doll house, or is planning to have one soon, then rest assured your napkin rings can be put to good use. This is because you find napkin rings in so many different designs, shapes, and patterns that you can use them in a number of ways to add charm to your doll house, and deck up your dolls. For example, floral rings can be used for the garden, and the plain, cylindrical ones can be modified to create furniture for the doll house. Also, you can use butterfly-themed napkin rings to decorate the garden or a window, and jewel-studded ones to decorate the pillars in the porch. The best way to go about the ones that look like miniature pieces of jewelry, is to make your dolls wear them!
Thus, you see that there are many options when it comes to different uses of napkin rings. You can even use them to hold flowers in a bouquet or make stunning accessories for yourself and your friends. So, go ahead and use your old napkin rings to create something new. Have fun!