Spice Up Your Cinco De Mayo Table with DIY Pinata Napkin Rings

Spice Up Your Cinco De Mayo Table with DIY Pinata Napkin Rings

Milena Kukurekovic

Are you planning a fiesta or Cinco de Mayo celebration and looking for a unique and festive way to spruce up your table setting? Look no further than the DIY piñata napkin ring! These colorful and playful napkin rings are easy to make and add a touch of fun to any table setting. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to make your own piñata napkin rings with step-by-step instructions and tips for customization. We'll even share some ideas for hosting a fiesta and incorporating these napkin rings into your decor. So grab your scissors, and let's get crafting!


Before we start, let's gather the materials you'll need to make your piñata napkin rings. Fortunately, you probably already have most of these materials at home, and the rest can be easily found at a craft store. So here's what you'll need:

List of materials needed:

  • Colorful paper napkins in various colors (2-3 sheets per napkin ring)
  • Cardboard (you can use cereal boxes or any other type of cardboard you have on hand)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Twine or ribbon (optional)
  • Hole punch (optional)

Explanation of why each material is important:

  1. Colorful paper napkins: This will be the primary material used to create the piñata effect of the napkin ring. Choose paper napkins in colors that match your party theme or decor.
  2. Cardboard: The cardboard serves as the base for the napkin ring and provides structure and stability. You can use any type of cardboard you have on hand, but cereal boxes work particularly well.
  3. Scissors: You'll need a good pair of scissors to cut the cardboard and paper napkin.
  4. Glue stick: A glue stick works well for attaching the paper napkin to the cardboard.
  5. Ruler: You'll need a ruler to measure and mark the cardboard.
  6. Pencil: You'll use a pencil to mark the cardboard before cutting.
  7. Twine or ribbon (optional): This is optional, but you can use twine or ribbon to tie the napkin rings together for a more finished look.
  8. Hole punch (optional): A hole punch is helpful if you want to add a string or ribbon to hang the napkin ring.

Step-by-step Instructions for Making DIY Piñata Napkin Rings

Now that our materials are ready let's start making the piñata napkin rings! Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Cut a strip of cardboard approximately 1 inch wide and 7 inches long. This will be the base of the napkin ring.
  2. Cut 2-3 sheets of paper napkin into 1-inch wide strips. The length can vary, but make sure they are long enough to wrap around the cardboard strip.
  3. Apply glue to the cardboard strip and wrap the paper napkin around it, starting at one end and overlapping the strips slightly.
  4. Continue wrapping the paper around the cardboard strip until the entire strip is covered. Make sure to add glue as you go to keep the napkin in place.
  5. Once the entire strip is covered, trim any excess napkins from the ends.
  6. Use scissors to cut the paper napkin into thin strips about 1/4 inch wide. Be careful not to cut all the way through the cardboard.
  7. Use your fingers to gently fluff the paper napkin and create the piñata effect.
  8. If desired, punch a hole in one end of the cardboard strip and tie a piece of twine or ribbon through it to create a loop for hanging.
  9. Repeat the above steps for each napkin ring you want to make.

Tips for making the process easier:

  • Use sharp scissors to make cutting the paper napkin and cardboard easier.
  • Apply the glue in sections to avoid drying out before attaching the disposable.
  • Use a ruler to measure and mark the cardboard strip before cutting to ensure it is the right size.
  • Be careful not to cut the paper napkin too wide or thin, as it can affect the piñata effect.
  • If the paper is too thin, double or triple the layers to make it thicker and more durable.


One of the best things about making your piñata napkin rings is the ability to customize them to your liking. Here are some ideas for customizing your napkin rings:

Ideas for customizing the napkin rings:

  • Use paper napkins in colors that match your party theme or decor.
  • Create a gradient effect using paper napkins in different shades of the same color.
  • Use patterned dinner napkins for a more eclectic look.
  • Add a personal touch by attaching a small charm or embellishment to the napkin ring.
  • Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the napkin ring for a more finished look.
  • Use glitter or metallic paper napkins for a more glamorous feel.

Examples of different colors, patterns, and decorations:

  • A fiesta-themed party with piñata napkin rings in bright colors like pink, orange, and green.
  • A boho-chic party with napkin rings in muted tones of blue, pink, and purple.
  • A metallic-themed party with napkin rings in gold and silver glitter tissue paper.
  • A kid's birthday party with napkin rings decorated with miniature toy animals or cartoon characters.
  • A bridal shower with napkin rings in white and pastel colors decorated with small flowers or pearls.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your piñata napkin rings. Have fun experimenting with different colors, patterns, and decorations to create a unique and festive addition to your party decor.

Tips for Hosting a Fiesta 

Now that your DIY piñata napkin rings are ready, it's time to host a fiesta! Here are some suggestions for hosting a festive and memorable party:

  • Set the mood with vibrant colors and decorations, such as papel picado banners, colorful plastic tablecloths, and piñatas.
  • On fancy plastic plates, serve traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole.
  • Use elegant disposable glasses to offer various drinks, including margaritas, sangria, and horchata.
  • Play traditional Mexican music or hire a mariachi band for added entertainment.
  • Have a piñata for the kids (and adults!) to enjoy.

Ideas for incorporating the DIY piñata napkin rings into your decor:

  • Use napkin rings, colorful plates, glasses, and disposable silverware in your table setting.
  • Arrange the napkin rings in a piñata-shaped centerpiece or scattered on the table as decorations.
  • Hang the napkin rings from a string or ribbon to create a festive garland.
  • Use the napkin rings as place cards by attaching a small tag with each guest's name.

Creating your own DIY piñata napkin rings is a fun and easy way to add a festive touch to your next party. With just a few materials and simple steps, you can create colorful and unique napkin rings to impress your guests and tie your party decor together. The best part? You can customize your napkin rings to match any party theme or color scheme. Following our tips and suggestions for hosting a fiesta, you can create a memorable and fun event that your guests will love. So grab some disposable paper napkins, and get ready to add some piñata-inspired flair to your next party!


Party on, Smarties, With love, Smarty had a Party!

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