DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings

Two facts you should know this fall…

  1. Stranger Things is completely mind blowing.  I’m still kind of freaked out over here but in a good way.  If you haven’t seen it yet, just do it. You inner Goonies/Stephen King lover will thank you.
  2.  Cotton boll stems make everything better.

Completely speaking the truth here.

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I always hope one day I’ll be out driving and I’ll end up near a cotton field and I can go picking to my heart’s content.  Not sure if that will ever happen in my town. And I’m pretty sure that’s illegal anyway.

But last week, I decided it was time to have some cotton stems in my life, even if they were fake.  Then, I was in the middle of setting our fall table for this year’s fall tour, and I had a light bulb moment.

Why has no one ever invented cotton boll napkin rings?  I haven’t seen them, if they exist. These were so quick and easy to make!

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If you want to get crafty with it for your fall table this year, I decided to whip up a quickie tutorial for my DIY cotton boll napkin rings.

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Gotta love teeny tiny supplies lists, right?  These took all of 2 minutes each to make.

  1. Snip off one stem from your cotton stalk with your wire cutters.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

2. Cut a 4-5 inch length of florist wire.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

3. Make a loop with the wire and cross the ends.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

4. Then twist the ends together to make a ring.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

5. Insert the stem into the ring and press the base of the cotton boll against the top of the wire ring.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

6. Continue to twist the end of the stem around the wire ring.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

All done!  Was this barely worthy of a tutorial?  My b.  😉

Sometimes it’s the simplest projects that are my favorite.  This is definitely one of them.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

I paired them with these black and white feather napkins and they will be so cute for Halloween and Thanksgiving this year.

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

Grab a simple white plate, place it on a grapevine wreath and voila, instant rustic charger.  (Having a crafting session after Thanksgiving dinner to make Christmas wreaths using the chargers on the table would pretty much be the best idea ever.  Food + crafts = the perfect day, am I right?)

DIY Cotton Boll Napkin Rings | blesserhouse.com - A quick, easy, and inexpensive fall craft to make cotton boll napkin rings using just wire and artificial cotton stems.

Making variations of these little napkin rings would be so easy with wired florals for different seasons- faux holly berry for Christmas, cherry blossoms for spring, sunflowers for summer… all that cuteness.

I’m still waiting for that magical cotton field to show up one of these days though.   And a sequel to Stranger Things. Ahhh!  Pleeeaaase, Netflix head honchos, make that happen.

Have you seen it yet?  Or have a mini obsession with cotton stems?  Or a quick and easy fall craft you’ve done lately that you’re proud of?

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Coming from the Deep South, we used to pass cotton fields all the time and my kids would beg my husband to pull over so they could pick some, but he’s not much of a rebel so they never were able to.
Your napkin rings look great and super easy! I love the look of cotton stalks but they’re so dern expensive! Last week I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own!! I just used cotton balls (same thing, right?) and the “leaves” from a pine cone and hot glued them on branches from the yard. I stuck those cute babies in an old watering pitcher and I love them!! They really do look like the real thing and way cheaper!

LOVE cotton bolls/stems. Have a wreath and some fake stems from Amazon. I live in central Texas and grew up on a farm. I’ve even picked cotton as a little kid with my own short little cotton sack. I, too, have thought about pulling over to the side of the road and picking a few stems but don’t care to meet the business end of a 12 gauge shotgun. Love the idea of the napkin rings! My son-in-law is from the northeast and he doesn’t get it. Like the fact that I say akern instead of acorn. Oh well. But your idea is sooo obvious. Can’t believe somebody else didn’t think of it before. But then that’s why we have you! Thanks for all you do.

What a creative idea! They look great!

If you’re ever in Houston, you will see cotton fields. There are a few heading from Houston to Wharton and I know other places pretty close. 👍

MANY years ago when we did a show in Williamsburg, VA, we DID stop alongside the road and pick a few stems of cotton. They are among a few of my most prized possessions. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff in the last few years, but not my cotton stems. They look as good as when I picked them and they always remind me of my beloved Williamsburg!

Those are adorable! I thought that it was store cotton balls and pine cone pieces (which I might have to try). Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty