DIY Project: Marbled Paper Napkin Rings

Today, we’ve been all about marbling — first the interview with Ilana Kohn and then Past & Present: Marbling. We’ve built quite a collection of beautiful marbled papers here at the office, and we’re always looking for ways to incorporate them into our daily lives. I tend to treat beautiful paper the way other people treat fine china: waiting for the perfect occasion to make that first cut. Luckily, Grace doesn’t have the same hang up, and she’s always ready to make use of our beautiful paper. My favorite thing about this marbled napkin ring project is that it’s dead simple. You just need a toilet paper roll and marbled paper, and you’re good to go. (If you want to marble your own paper, we made a how-to video a couple years ago.) — Amy Azzarito

Photos by Maxwell Tielman

See the full how-to after the jump . . .


  • marbled papers (ours are from Kate’s Paperie)
  • toilet paper rolls
  • Mod Podge
  • inexpensive paintbrush for the Mod Podge
  • Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear spray
  • scissors



1. Using scissors, cut your toilet paper rolls in half to create 2-inch rings. (You can also use paper towel rolls.)

2. Cut the marbled paper into 2-inch wide strips.

3. Adhere the marbled paper to the toilet paper ring using Mod Podge.

4. Allow to dry for approximately 5 minutes, and then spray the napkin rings with the Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear spray.

  1. Even I can do that. Love the simplicity. Adore the aesthetic.

  2. reema says:

    I love this idea, but I wrapped mine around some battery-operated LED tealights and votive candles instead (couldn’t bear to let them get near food, they were too cute). It works well on the candles– like tiny luminaries. So cheerful.

  3. Jen says:

    Great idea for my students. We have batches of this handmade paper! Thanks!

  4. Tori says:

    I love these napkins! Where are they from?

  5. Marta says:

    It’s a great idea to recycle creating something useful and beautiful :)

  6. Amy says:

    I LOVE these. It is so hard to find modern napkin rings these days. I recently covered some with washi tape and they turned out pretty nice but I love the cohesive look of these. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ananasa says:

    Beautiful look, elegant, clean and great for any occasion or none ;-)

    Thanks so much for sharing, keep up the great work, we love your blog ;-)


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