Paracord has been all the rage for a while now – bracelets, key chains, dog collars, you name it. What I haven’t seen, however, is a paracord napkin ring!
So, I designed one that is perfect for outdoor entertaining either at home or at your favorite campsite.
Since paracord comes in so many color variations these days, you have endless options. If you like to shop online, there are online shops dedicated to cord and webbing or, Amazon offers some as well. If you prefer to look at it before you buy it, your craft stores like JoAnn Fabrics and the likes will carry it.
As you plan out your collection of paracord napkin rings, you can either make a complete set from one color, or each family member/guest can have a different color making it super easy to remember whose cloth napkin is whose.
The best part about this paracord napkin ring? They’re super easy to make and a portable crafty project that you can take with you anywhere you need something to keep your hands busy while you wait.
But first, a short backstory…
It all started when I watched My Hemp Craft’s tutorial on how to make a macrame hemp ring. I made plenty of friendship bracelets and even went so far as incorporating some fun beads in the square knots, way back when. I hadn’t worked with hemp cord in a long while, however, and I’d never tried to make a ring.
The approach was so straightforward – looping the ‘working cord’ around in order to use some of the hemp cord as the internal structure – that I was not only fascinated by the simplicity, but I was also hooked on hemp cord ring making.
Whenever I learn a new technique, I always think through additional ways the same process can be used with different materials or for other projects.
The paracord just happened to catch my eye as I was tidying up while planning what to pack for an upcoming camping trip. So my mind immediately went to all of the Sunset Magazine articles about how to create a fun camping experience or how to set an outdoor table (wherever it may be) and the idea for a paracord napkin ring was born.
Paracord Napkin Ring Materials
As I mentioned, making this napkin ring is really straightforward, therefore so is the materials list. The materials you need are:
- 5′ (60 inches) of paracord. The rule of thumb is that you want about one foot of cord for every inch of square knots. In this case, you will have some leftover paracord because we don’t complete the circle of knots, but it’s good to have the extra length while you’re making the knots, so I recommend this length.
- A toilet paper roll (or something around the same size) to use to size the paracord napkin ring.
- Matches or a lighter. You will lightly singe the edges of the paracord so it doesn’t unravel once you’ve finished.
How To Make a Paracord Napkin Ring
Take the paracord and fold it in half so the ends are touching and you have a small bend at the top.
Use the toilet paper roll to size the napkin ring by pulling the ends of the cord through the loop.
Once you’ve pulled the whole length of the cord through the loop, fold the paracord back on itself to ‘lock’ the sizing down (bottom right photo).
Note: Don’t pull the paracord too tightly against the toilet paper roll because you’ll want to have enough ‘give’ to slide it off and start making your knots.
Remove the paracord from the toilet paper roll and hold the firmly to the paracord you’ve folded over so you don’t lose the ring sizing.
Now you start knotting! You will be using a square knot (in the hemp world) or cobra stitch (in the paracord world). If you need a refresher on how to make the knot, try one of these.
Keep making your square knot stitches around the paracord circle until you’ve got about two inches of plain cord left then stop. By leaving some of the cord without knots, it allows the napkin to sit nice and square (pun intended!) on the table.
Take the ends of the cord and tuck them into the underside of the last stitch you made. Once you’ve gotten the ends pulled tightly into the stitch and feel they’re secure, tighten the stitch back up then trim the excess paracord.
Using a match or your lighter, lightly singe the ends of the paracord to seal them and keep them from fraying. Since this is on the underside of the napkin ring, it’s OK if they stick out a little bit from the stitching.
Test it out on the cloth napkin of your choice! The backside of the paracord napkin ring is not knotted making it easy to place on a table or plate.
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What do you like to make with paracord? Feel free to share your tutorials in the comments below.