These simple Arabic, paper, interleaved napkin rings were made for our recent dinner party, to help our multilingual friends know where to sit.
Our guests included visitors from Jordon, Syria, Libya and America, so we wanted to make everyone feel welcome.
I came up with this simple interleaved solution that allowed everyone’s Arabic name to be written on one side and the English on another, of two arabesque cut outs. They only took moments to create and our guests loved them so much, they all took theirs home.
Measure around your napkins to get an idea of how long you want your ring to be. Ours were around five inches, so I cut stripes of paper that length. The width was only a few inches, you can play around with this as well.
With the left over paper, I punched out some decorative shapes. I needed two for each napkin ring.
Next I took the scissors and cut the shapes half way down the middle.
To assemble the two pieces, add double sided tape to the end of the stripe of paper. Then write the name of the person and place the shape over the double sided tape, but only up to the cut line. To the same to the other side.
Now when the two ends are brought togehter, they will interleave into each other, creating a continuous circle to hold the napkin.
We made 10 of them in a few minutes. I can’t wait to try different shapes!
This is what our dinner table looked like, with the napkin rings & kofta ring.
If you enjoyed making these napkin rings, check out these other ways we decorated our dinner table
Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world or Muslim culture.