A super simple project that has a great purpose and uses up some of that scrap wood stash. Today I’m sharing a DIY scrap wood napkin holder just in time for all the outdoor gatherings. And this one is themed for 4th of July but you could finish it however you like to fit your needs.
A DIY tutorial to make a wood napkin holder. Grab your scrap wood and make this simple project great for outdoors (or indoors).
Make this easy scrap wood napkin holder and you’re napkins won’t be flying around the backyard. It’s a classic napkin holder that does an awesome job of keeping things tidy.
All you need for this napkin holder is one 1×8 wood scrap, one 1×2 wood scrap and 2 small dowels. And I’ll show you how to add the star detail but I’m thinking it would be perfect with a family last name too! For this 4th of July holiday theme I used red and white striped napkins.
Above my napkin holder is loaded with 30 regular size napkins (6.5″ sq). Alternatively you could use a bigger 1×10 board for the base to accommodate the large dinner size napkins or go smaller for cocktail size napkins.
Below I’m sharing how to make this scrap wood napkin holder. Be sure to read through the entire instructions before beginning and I recommend having a few napkins on hand to check for sizing.
- scrap wood 1×8 @ 7 1/4″l
- scrap wood 1×2 @ 8″l
- 2 – 1/4″ dowels @ 3″l
- wood glue
- miter saw
- drill and 1/4″ & 3/16″ drill bit
- blue acrylic paint & brush
Step 1: Cut the 1×8 at 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. This will fit a standard napkin. Adjust the size if your napkins are larger or smaller. Keep in mind you want at least 3/8″ border on all sides of the napkin.
Step 2: Mark the center of both sides (red dots) and drill a 1/4″ hole almost 3/4″ deep.
Step 3: Apply wood glue to the ends of dowels and insert into holes.
Step 4: Make corresponding holes in the 1×2 using 3/16″ bit. Print out a star pattern, mine are 3/4″.
Step 5: Center the printout on the 1×2 and trace the outline of the stars with a ballpoint pen.
As a result the pressure of the pen leaves an impression in the wood.
Step 6: Paint just inside the impression line. Then let the paint dry and assemble.
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Love Being A Nonny says
S is for Super idea!!
Our Pinteresting Family says
Love this! I think this would actually be a fun gift idea too.
One could also make extra reversible bars across the top which reflect different holidays or seasons. Fun!
Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says
This is such a great project- perfect for our windy patio at the barn.
James Scott says
This is awesome, and so easy. Made one for Canada Day though I haven’t painted any maple leafs yet.
Thanks for the great idea