Transforming Your Dining Room for the Holidays

Don't just set the table as usual. These tips will transform your dining room to get it in the spirit of the season. The entire space should sparkle!

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAdd a natural element to your elegant dining table by turning a birch limb into functional napkin rings.
Materials and Tools:

birch limbs (at least 2" in diameter)
miter or hand saw
black marker
quick-release clamps
scrap piece of 2"x4" lumber
electric drill
1-3/8" forstner bit
150-grit sandpaper
tack cloth or rags
clear sealer


1. The birch limb should be fairly straight without any cracks or holes and must be dry. Mark and cut 1-1/2-inch sections for the total number of napkin rings desired.
2. Put a clamp around one napkin ring piece and lay it onto the scrap lumber with cut side up. Use two more clamps to secure the napkin ring clamp/scrap lumber to the work surface.
3. Drill the center of the napkin ring out and lightly sand the edges. Repeat the process for all the napkin rings.
4. Remove the dust with a tack cloth or damp rags and seal the rings if using them for more than one season.

Tip: If your table needs to be bigger for the holidays, cut a piece of 3/4-inch birch plywood to the desired size. Protect the table with rubber gripping (used for rugs or cupboard lining) and place the plywood on top.

Bonus! A round floor-length tablecloth customizes your table even more! See how to sew your own.