Holiday Popcorn Napkin Rings

These DIY popcorn napkin rings make a classic but playful addition to your holiday table while giving kiddos a chance to get in on the decorating fun. The finished rings evoke the nostalgic feeling of a popcorn garland with only a fraction of the work.

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What You Need

  1. Popped popcorn (skip the butter, but make extra for snacking!)
  2. Floral wire or other sturdy craft wire
  3. Wire cutters
  4. Ribbon


  1. Start by popping your popcorn. Plain old air popped popcorn is best for this, and make sure you make lots of extras for snacking! I don't know how successful my toddlers really were at making a napkin ring, but they loved the activity because of all the snacking!
  2. Cut your wire to length, but make it longer than you think it will need to be to wrap around the napkins. The popcorn is really bulky and you will need extra length to fasten it together. Straighten the pieces of wire as best you can before starting the next step.
  3. Start threading your popcorn onto your wire. The wire should be stiff enough that it can poke through easily. After making these napkin rings and SO much popcorn garland for our tree, my favorite way to thread the popcorn on is to look for the bigger pieces that already have holes through- zero chance of breaking the pieces! And you can just eat the smaller pieces, or I’m sure a little one will happily be on that duty.
  4. When your popcorn is threaded on, carefully bend your wires into a ring. This is really where the "toddler friendly" part of the activity ends, and probably their attention span. Twist the wire together and tie a bow over the connection.
  5. That’s it! Now you can slide your napkins in for easy peasy holiday cheer. These napkin rings only lasted one meal at my house. I’d expect the same in your home if you have toddlers underfoot! But they looked fantastic on the table and the activity itself was so worth the time.