Inexpensive Handmade Copper Napkin Rings

3 Materials
30 Minutes

These inexpensive Handmade Real Copper Napkin Rings only cost about .20 cents each. They are a great option for napkin rings if you have a big group or if you have a copper accented tablescape.

Supply List

Copper wire bare and twisted

File- needle filing tool or sandpaper

Wire cutters/diagonal cutting pliers

Optional- Lead free solder

Optional- soldering iron

Optional- lead free copper paint marker

First, get twisted copper wire (it is real copper) at a home improvement store (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) or on Amazon.

Depending on how many napkin rings you want to make, is how much wire you need. Each napkin ring will take about 5 inches in length.

Now, wrap the wire around an object you want the size of the napkin ring to be. We just used the end of a tool. It made a perfect circle shape.

This is what they looked like when I was trying to shape them by hand vs shaping them with a rounded object…

Using wire cutters, cut the napkin rings so they are slightly larger than a flush circular shape.

The reason why you cut them slightly longer than exactly flush is so that one side can tuck into the other side.

Next, you have two options. The easiest option is to simply tuck one side into the other and file the exposed end, wash, dry and you are done.

This is the look of the finished copper napkin ring without soldering them.

Option 2 is to solder the ends together using lead-free solder.

Do not use lead-based solder as these will be sitting on dinner plates and holding napkins.

After soldering, file, wash and dry each ring.

And you are done.

I plan to buy this copper colored lead-free paint marker to cover the little bit of solder that is visible just to make them a little more professional looking.

Now, you have gorgeous and unique handmade copper napkin rings.

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  • Jacx Jacx on Jul 10, 2021

    You could use large wooden beads for the ends. Take some wire to the craft store, test out to see if the fit is right. You can then glue in the wire, after you've spray painted the beads.

  • Diane Diane on Jul 09, 2022

    Thought it looked cute with two or three rows of it you could just file off the end and leave it as a spring for your napkin ring