How to Make Gold Star Napkin Rings

Create gold star napkin rings embellished with gemstones for your next dinner party or holiday get together.


Artist June Pfaff Daley of Cincinnati demonstrates this easy star-shaped napkin ring project.

Materials Needed:

  • star-shaped cookie cutter or star stencil
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • scrap pine wood: pieces need to be at least 4" x 4" and 3/4" thick
  • gloss gold spray paint
  • scroll saw
  • 1-1/8" circle drill bit
  • spray adhesive
  • mineral spirits
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • craft gemstones
  • glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • safety glasses


1. Create a star pattern by tracing a star cookie cutter or stencil on paper.



2. Photocopy the pattern or trace as many napkin holder patterns as needed.

3. Roughly cut out the patterns with scissors.

4. Adhere the paper patterns to scrap pieces of pine wood using spray adhesive.

5. Wearing eye protection, use a scroll saw to cut out the star shapes.

6. Use a 1-1/8 inch circle drill bit to cut a circle in the center of each star.

7. Remove the paper from the wood star shapes.

8. Sand the edges with 150-grit sandpaper.

9. Remove any traces of spray adhesive and wood shavings by cleaning each piece with mineral spirits.



10. Spray the front, back and edges of the wood stars with metallic gold gloss spray paint. Let dry.



11. Arrange craft gemstones in a pattern on a work surface.

12. Adhere the gems to the side edges of the gold star napkin rings with a hot glue gun. Let dry.



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