How To Make Flower Pot Napkin Rings for a Spring Table

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I recently made these cute napkin rings for my Spring Tablescape with a lemon and garden theme. They turned out really cute, so I want to show you how to make flower pot napkin rings for a spring table.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year.

I also love to entertain and creating unique tablescapes is one of my favorite things to do. I had so much fun coming up with ideas for this spring table.

white napkin with tiny terra cotta pot napkin ring and seed packet beside on white plate

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I decided to go with a lemon theme, but also added some garden elements to my table.

Last year, I found a set of flower pot napkin rings at a thrift store. I had never seen any before and haven’t seen any since then.

I wanted a few more of them, and when I ran across tiny terra cotta pots recently at the dollar store I decided to try and make my own to use at each place setting for my spring table.

supplies for flower pot napkin rings

tiny terracotta pots
drill/drill bits (different sizes)
white craft paint or white chalk paint
paintbrush
fine grit sandpaper

I bought my small terra cotta flower pots at the Dollar Tree.

terra cotta flower pot

And most craft stores (like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s) will have the paint, paintbrush and sandpaper for these easy DIY napkin rings.

making flower pot napkin rings

First, you will need to drill a large hole in the bottom of your terra cotta flower pots large enough to pull cloth napkins through.

I used an electric drill, and started with a fairly small drill bit.

These particular pots already had a small hole in the bottom, so I started with the drill bit through that hole and just moved the drill around in a circular motion to make the hole larger.

I could tell it was going to take a while using the small drill bit to get the bottom of the pot as open as I wanted it.

So I put a large drill bit (7/8″) on the drill and tried drilling a large hole, but the clay was so thin, it broke the pot.

Next, I tried just turning the drill a couple of times with the large bit on the drill, just enough to score a large circle on the bottom of the pot.

That ended up working the best, because the clay was so thin I was able to easily break off the remaining clay to open up the bottom of the pot as large as I needed to fit a napkin through.

To smooth the edge so it wasn’t rough, I just used the smaller drill bit again and ran it along the edge and it easily smoothed the clay out.

You could also use some sandpaper if you need to smooth it out more.

painting the terra cotta pot napkin rings

The dark orangey color of the terra cotta pots was not exactly what I wanted for my napkin rings, so I decided to paint them.

I used a white chalk paint I had on hand, but you could also use a white craft paint.

I put a small amount of the paint on a paper plate and mixed with some water to make a thinner consistency.

Using a small paintbrush and almost, but not completely, I covered the flower pots with the white paint mixture.

Then, set them aside to dry.

Because terra cotta is very porous, they dried very quickly.



Once they were dry I used a fine grit sandpaper to gently sand off some of the paint in places.

I wanted more of a whitewashed and distressed look, rather than a solid white flower pot.

The best part is, there are different ways to create whatever look you prefer.

You can cover the pots completely with paint, if you like, or even leave them the original terra cotta color.

how to use or display the flower pot napkin rings

These simple DIY napkin rings turned out so cute and made great table decor for my garden theme tablescape.

I used a white linen napkin and pulled through the painted terra cotta pot napkin rings.

Then, laid the napkin on top of each plate for my spring table.

white ironstone soup tureen filled with whitewashed clay pots for spring decor



Another clever way to used these would be to pile them in a decorative bowl for spring or summer decor, when you’re not using them for a place setting.

They would also be a great idea to use for a summer table setting or a garden theme party.

What if you tucked in some fresh flowers or herb stems into the pot in front of the napkin??

Here are a few garden theme tables I have created. These napkin rings would be very cute incorporated with any of these tables designs. You can click on any photo to see the entire post.



Hopefully, it will give you some inspiration for the next time you need to host a spring or summer get together.

I hope you enjoyed reading this DIY for how to make flower pot napkin rings for a spring table, and try some for yourself.

blessings and happy spring,

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16 Comments

    1. Oh, that’s funny. I had never seen them before.

  1. Absolutely adorable!!! You get me every time. Iā€™m going to share on Saturdays post.

    1. Aww, thanks so much Wendy! I really appreciate that Wendy!

  2. Such a cute idea. I would ove to share this on my newsletter next week. HUgs to you, my friend.

    1. So sorry, I’m just seeing this Renae. I really appreciate that and so glad you liked it.

  3. This is a great idea Michele. Sounds simple too, my kind of craft. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us.

    1. Of course! So glad you liked it.

  4. Michele – This is such a cute idea. I had no idea you could use a drill on terracotta. I have always been afraid of cracking it. Thanks for the step by step instructions and great photos. Happy Easter.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post Anna! I did break one of them in the process but had success with the rest.

  5. These are absolutely adorable, Michele! I never would have thought to drill through the pots. So clever! I can’t wait to make a set for myself and maybe one for a friend…these would make a great hostess gift! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Lynne for the kind words! I’m so glad you liked the napkin rings and I really appreciate the feature.

  6. These are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen!! Adorable, Michele!! And congrats on your amazing feature in the Sampler..I read it last week and was so awed by it!!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I’m so glad you like the napkin rings and thank you for the kind words about the article.

  7. Omgoodness I love this idea! Great post Michele! Pinned šŸ˜Š

    1. So glad you like it Cindy! Thanks so much!

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