Upcycled Ribbon Cocktail Napkins

Cocktail party season is just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting a casual cocktail, breaking open a cold one to drink with the game, or pulling-out all the stops for a fabulous soiree with passed canapés – you’ll want some cute cocktail napkins to go with it!

Don’t get me wrong, I love and frequently use paper napkins for occasions that aren’t sit-down. They also make a great addition to my styled posts because they add a whack of colour without breaking the bank. BUT, for cocktail season I like to have something a little nicer on offer.

upcycled-ribbon-cocktail-napkins-14For this month’s edition of #12 months of DIY we’re working with ribbon. Now, if you’ve seen my snaps about ribbon, you’ll know that I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs when it comes to ribbon. I don’t know what it is! Maybe it’s the different colours, or the myriad textures, or the fact that you can trim the ends to look different based on the look you’re going for.  Of course, I use ribbons to mainly make bows on things. You can catch bows on my DIY With Silhouettes // here // or on my DIY Painted Pumpkins // here // or on my DIY Modern & Moody Fall Wreath // here //  – and that’s just since September!

I’ve done cocktail napkins in the past, and you can see those gingham and gold ones // here // but for this month’s challenge I’m going to make them from thrifted napkins and fabric, and then add ribbon trim, edging, bows, etc. These will be so pretty, you won’t want to put them down!

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  • Thrifted cocktail napkins – you can also buy larger napkins and cut them down to size, or make your own using fabric
  • As many colours and sizes of ribbons as you’d like! I a lot of mine by the yard from this store on etsy // here //
  • Scissors
  • No Sew glue


Step 1: Figure out which ribbon will be paired with which napkin. I’ve opted to use contrasting colours, but colours that are found on the napkins themselves, thus creating the illusion of cohesion and maybe the look that they all came this way on purpose.


p.s I ended-up swapping the black and white plaid ribbon for a purple velour

Step 2: I contoured the whole napkin, so I cut four strips of ribbon, one to run each side, with overlap at each end.


Step 3: Glue the first two ribbons down using your No-Sew glue. These should be on opposing sides from each other.


Step 4: Using your scissors, cut the corners of each end of the remaining pieces of ribbon, on an angle so that it looks like they’re cutting-in on a V. This is also known as a mitered corner, and if you’re supper handy with a sewing machine you could sew this!


Step 5: Glue down the remaining two pieces of ribbon and let dry about an hour. Repeat for all he napkins you’re making.

Step 6: Enjoy! Throw a party! Break-out the mix! and the nuts!  I think these will be a staple in my hostessing kit this holiday season.

If you’re looking for another cool bar accessory that you can DIY, you’ll want to check-out my DIY Neon Bar Sign //here// and my post on styling your home bar // here //














Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY ribbon project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

From the top left, they are:

Upcycled Ribbon Cocktail Napkins from PMQ for Two

Faux Greenery Big Satin Bow Grapevine Wreath from Time With Thea

DIY String Art Using Ribbon from Vin’yet Etc.

Shabby Chic Christmas Wrapping Ideas from The DIY Mommy

Ribbon Tassel Keychain from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Make Your Own Advent Calendar with Ribbon from Sustain My Craft Habit

Modern Christmas Wreath from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Gift Tag Ribbon Garland Made With Old Christmas Cards from Woman In Real Life

Hand Painted Ribbon from Fresh Crush

DIY Sunglasses Storage & Display Organizer from Heather in Heels

DIY Ribbon Tassel Garland from Lifeovereasy

Ribbon Wall Hanging from Life Is A Party