DIY: A Holiday Plate With Insta-style

With Christmas entertaining and holiday cheer there's bound to be a few hosting tricks up my sleeve! I grew up in a family that was always entertaining, and there were definitely new table settings and decor happening for different occasions, but when I went off to study I was on a budget! There was no time for anything other than to hit the books, and when I could throw a proper dinner party or three I used my dexterous gift of sewing to explore my options. 
Oi! Tis the season of big spending and free-shipping, right? But, what if you simply aren't in the mood for dishing out more cash? Well, here's a suggestion: grab your scissors and trimmings lovelies, because it's getting crafty in the Haus of Fashion Tales! Glistening glitter, ribbons sparkling, and the holiday music has begun!

I have been creating several projects and gifts in my spare time ... well, you know, whatever that is! So, instead of showing you all of those beauties I decided to add another task of creating napkin rings. This is all very easy and such a great way to both save money, and make a themed setting for your guests. 

I have made several different versions below by using woven ribbon, wire ribbon, and other motley trim. View the series of mobile images below! As for our gathering, this setup was for a simple and light dinner that we had with family friends from Vancouver, and Edinburgh. I also used fabric that I already had, then cut and sewed them to make napkins. 

Spools of seasonal ribbon (sheer, satin, wire or grosgrain)
Dinner napkins
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Buttons or other trim
*An upbeat holiday tune-absolutely recommended

To start, cut your ribbon approx. 15 cm or the length that will secure your napkins. I used a thin napkin, and a wide napkin so that you can see the difference. Next, fold the ribbon in half (face side to face side) and start sewing the open ended seam closed, pulling the end threads to create a gathered effect. Then, embellish away!

You may use a button for closure if you prefer as well. Finger press. Turn the ribbon inside out so that the sewn seam is facing inside. That's it! Now, the fun begins! Start folding your napkins and setting your table ambiance.

Of course, this is merely a quick and easy way to make the most of what you have without breaking the bank. You can save pulling out your fine china and table linens for the actual day of Christmas or whatever your occasion might be!



  1. Rowena Rolala Loves05 December, 2012

    That is one festively stylish holiday table! I wouldn't have thought to use ribbon for napkin rings but it's so clever and low cost for sure. You have such great DIY's Madison! Thanks for sharing!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  2. this is a lovely idea! what a great way to use up all those ribbons that I have just lying around!

  3. How lovely and festive, darling!


  4. This came out so gorgeous! Love the festive plaid!

    The Tiny Heart  

  5. Oh to Be a Muse05 December, 2012

    So so cute. I did table decorations last Christmas, but I'm not sure I have the time or space for that now. But your holiday plate is great.

  6. A Brit Greek05 December, 2012

    Love the crafty craftista! Such a great festive look using ribbons! Thanks for sharing lovely!

  7. Love the table top decor, you did such a great job!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. francesca romana capizzi05 December, 2012

    I want to try it but I am not as good as you at these things!!

    Don't Call
    Me Fashion Blogger




  9. Oh I love DIYS! And this is a great one : )

  10. I will definitely love to try this out!!

  11. So cute! Love the table cloth :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  12. I love a pretty table setting!  We are usually big on hosting for the holidays as well and the prep/setup is always one of my favorite things.  Great DIY!

  13. Those are so beautiful I wish I could be as crafty as you!

  14. Jupe_Cambria06 December, 2012

    THAT is the perfectly decorated Christmas table :)
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  15. what an easy DIY - and so cute!

  16. nice DIY!

  17. What a festive and fun place setting!  Thanks for sharing dear and putting us in the holiday spirit!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

  18. Street Fashion PARIS06 December, 2012

    WOW!!! so beautiful!!! xoxo

  19. It's gorgeous doll, love the colours :) x

  20. Ohmigosh that is so cute - I LOVE it!!  :)

  21. This looks so pretty and festive. I love that tablecloth too!

  22. Thanks dear! Hope your day is going well. xx/M

  23. Thank you! I was happy it turned out great! xx

  24. Aww, thanks for your sweet comment. I'm glad that you like it as well. :) /Madison

  25. Thanks so much! Yes, we do love entertaining with friends! :)

  26. You're welcome! Glad that you enjoyed the holiday setting. :) xo

  27. Aww what a cute and easy idea!

  28. This is very Creative! I wish I have the time to actually follow this tutorial, I love the final result!

    Happy Holidays too, Madison! :)

  29. such a great idea , love it ! Thank you so much  for your sweet comment ! 
    XX Luba :: Well Living Blog ::

  30. wow! looks awesome. Iwonder if can my hubby do that for me (you know I'm the worst when it comes to be crafty)

    Inside and Outside Blog
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