The winter holidays are a time when families gather to share a seasonal feast. Your students can help decorate their family table with this easy napkin ring craft, which is also a creative classroom activity.  You can customize these napkin rings for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a simple winter theme.


What You Need

  • Paper towel or toilet paper rolls, cut in 2 to 3 inch rings
  • Paint in red, green, blue, yellow, gold, and black
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers, glitter, pipe cleaners, construction paper, clip art and foam cutouts for decorating.
  • Glue

What to Do

  1. Cut the paper towel or toilet paper rolls in 2 to 3 inch rings. Each student should have at least 4 rings (or enough for each member of their family to have a ring at their place setting).
  2. Have the students paint their rings. Students can choose a holiday theme, such as red and green for Christmas; yellow and blue for Hanukkah; white and blue for winter; and red, green and black for Kwanzaa. Or, let their imaginations run wild!
  3. Decorate the rings with glitter, foam, or construction paper.

More Ideas

  • Winter idea: Make the napkin ring into a snowman using cotton balls. Embellish with googly eyes and clothing made of pipe cleaners or construction paper. Or, cover the ring in glitter and add a cutout snowflake.
  • Christmas idea: Create a Christmas tree on each ring! Cut out thick green paper in the shape of a tree; add a brown trunk and adorn with a star. Glue to the napkin ring.
  • Hanukkah idea: Cut out a Star of David from construction paper or create one from pipe cleaners and glue to the ring.
  • Kwanzaa idea: Print out a picture of a Kinara and color/decorate it, then glue to the napkin ring.