These Terra Cotta Napkin Rings Are SO Easy to Make

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

Add an earthy element to your table setting with these handmade terra cotta napkin rings. If you have a spare hour, it's as simple as rolling, twisting, and heating some oven-bake clay — a fun activity that even kids can enjoy. Use a single terra cotta color for a uniform look, or opt for coordinating colors for a modern two-tone look. Simply tuck a cloth napkin inside each ring and watch how it instantly elevates each plate. And should you choose to share, they also happen to make great host gifts!

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Step 1

Cut clay into two equal pieces with a craft knife.

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Step 2

Knead the clay to make it easier to work with, and then roll each piece into a log that's approximately eight inches long.

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Step 3

Cross the two clay pieces together, and twist them so they spiral tightly together. Slice off each end to create clean edges.

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Step 4

Form the twisted log of clay into a circle shape, and lay one end on top of the other so that the top one slightly overlaps the bottom one.

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Step 5

Make as many napkin rings as you like, and then place them on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, and then let cool.

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Once your napkin rings have cooled, they're ready to beautify your place settings with their gorgeous color and shape.

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