I’ve been making these super cute Santa napkin holders for years now – aren’t they adorable?
I made this out of felt but fun foam also works (it’s nice to punch holes and lace it together) and although not as durable to hold up over the years, you can even use construction paper. I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue but a glue gun or other white glue will also work. If you really want to be sure it holds up, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion is another excellent choice.
You’ll also need a smaller hat piece out of red – it should basically be a triangle with the top cut off and should be the width of the backing piece but to only cover the upper third of the back piece, right under the pompom shape (see the first picture to see what I mean – this is the piece that becomes Santa’s hat).
Next you’ll need a piece that’s pink or flesh coloured – it will form the face and should be a rectangle with the top edge rounded. These two pieces get glued onto the background only at the sides so that the napkin will be able to go inside.
Finally, you can add any embellishments you like. As you can see, I added a little sprig of holly to his hat. You can bling it up with glitter and sequins. I added a piece of quilt batting to form the pompom on his hat but you can also use white pompoms or cotton balls. A red pompom adds dimension when added to the nose. You can also use pompoms, cotton balls, or quilt batting to add dimension to his mustache as well. When you tuck the napkin inside of this, it forms his beard.
These are the pieces needed for this variation. The white rectangles are pieces that I glued onto the back to form a ring that would hold the napkin. (Note: you could just use one long strip but I didn’t have a piece of white felt long enough so I used two rectangles instead).
Here’s the variety of Christmas napkin rings I have presented over the past several days. If you missed the previous ones, check out this post http://creativecynchronicity.com/2010/12/christmas-napkin-rings-from-todays-intheseao/ where you’ll find all the details and the link to the In the Season show where I demonstrated how to make them.