Friday, June 20, 2014

DIY Scrap Wood Napkin Holder

Build: diy napkin holder

Make this easy wood scrap napkin holder and you're napkins won't be flying around the backyard anymore.

One 1x8 wood scrap, one 1x2 wood scrap and 2 small dowels is all you need to make this cute and useful July 4th decoration.

Here my napkin holder is loaded with 30 regular size napkins, you could use a bigger 1x10 board for large dinner size napkins or go smaller for cocktail size napkins.

How to make a napkin holder from wood scraps:

- scrap 1x8 @ 7 1/4"l
- scrap 1x2 @ 8"l
- 2 - 1/4" dowels @ 3"l
- wood glue
- drill and bits
- acrylic paint & brush

Step1: Cut the 1x8 at 7 1/4"l.

Step 2: Mark the center of both sides (red dots) and drill a 1/4" hole almost 3/4" deep.

Step 3: Apply glue to ends of dowels and insert into holes.

Step 4: Make corresponding holes in 1x2 using 3/16" bit.
Print out stars, mine are 3/4".

Step 5: Center printout on 1x2 and trace outline of stars with ballpoint pen.

The pressure of the pen leaves an impression in the wood.

Step 6: Paint inside the impression.


  1. Love this! I think this would actually be a fun gift idea too.

  2. One could also make extra reversible bars across the top which reflect different holidays or seasons. Fun!

  3. This is such a great project- perfect for our windy patio at the barn.