Beautiful and Easy DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings

Do you love making your own décor items? Let’s have some fun making beautiful and easy DIY Air Dry Clay napkin rings for spring.

Welcome to this month’s edition of The Handcrafted Society. It is monthly get-together where a group of talented and crafty bloggers share a themed project with their readers. This month, I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest contributor by my friend and follow Marylander, Regina of Saved From Salvage. Today, We are sharing 9 spring projects using Air Dry Clay.

If you came over from my sweet friend, Amy Sadler Designs, welcome. Don’t you just love her beautiful butterfly garden pots!

If this is your first time here, let me introduce myself to you. Hi! I am Tammy. Welcome to my blog and home called White Lilac Farmhouse. I live in the southern part of Maryland minutes from the water with my husband of 33 years and two of the cutest French Bulldogs.

Now on to the fun stuff!

Beautiful and Easy DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings

For this project you will need the following items listed under the supply.


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  • Silicone Mold of Butterflies
  • Das Air Dry Clay or Creative Paperclay
  • Artist Paint Brush
  • 12 Gauge Decorative Wire
  • Fine Glitter
  • Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast Clear
  • Silver Rub and Buff
  • Fine Grit Sanding Sponge


  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutting Pliers
  • Exacto Knife

DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings Tutorial

1. Let’s play with clay

Paperclay used in a silicone mold.

There is something fun about playing with clay as a medium. Air dry clay can be molded and used in so many creative ways. I am using air dry paperclay. You pull off some, roll in a ball and press into the mold. A bone folder is great to use to press the clay down.

Immediately flip the butterfly out of the mold and trim with an exacto knife. Create as many butterflies as you need for your napkin rings.

TIP: You can use your finger to smooth the sides of the butterfly. It’s ok to moisten your finger with a little water to smooth the clay around the edges.

2. Make Holes

Before letting your butterflies dry, create holes on each end of the butterflies. You can use the tip of an artist brush to create the holes.

3. Drying & Sanding Your Clay butterflies

After you have created two holes in each of your butterflies, you will need to let them completely dry. It is import to flip them over a couple times during the day. My butterflies completely air dried in 48 hours. I flipped them 4 times a day.

You can use a fine grit sanding sponge to smooth out the back on the butterflies. You want to apply gentle pressure.

4. painting your butterflies

You can paint your butterflies either gold or silver. For this project, Rub ‘N Buff works wonderful. You place a dab of the paint on a paper plate or artist paint tray. With an artist brush, dab into the paint and apply it to the butterfly on the front and back.

Repeat until all the butterflies have been painted.

5. Embellishing Your Butterflies

To make the glitter adhere to the butterflies, spray Krylon Sealer Glitter Blast in Clear. Wait 1 minute and sprinkle the silver glitter over the butterfly.

Pick up the butterfly and shake off any extra glitter. Set it aside to work on the next butterfly.

Repeat the step for each butterfly.

5. Adding the wire

With wire cutting pliers, cut a piece of the 12 gauge wire to 18 inches. Find a cylinder object the right width of a napkin ring. I am using a bottle of Fast Drying Tacky Glue. You will wrap the decorative wire around it three times. The two tips will be straight up.

You may need to trim the wires down with wire cutting pliers if too long. With a pair of needle nose pliers twirl the wire down to close off the butterfly from slipping off. It also gives the napkin ring a finished look. You should make sure there are no sharp edges sticking up.

Finished project


How fun was this project? These napkin rings were easy to make with items in my craft room. I saved money by using supplies already available.

Butterfly Napkin Ring  with a blue napkin laying on a blue and white plate.

I hope you have this project a try. Now please head over to my friend, Miss at Sonata Home Design. She has a fun project for you to see.

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  1. All of you are so creative! I need to get my clay out and join the fun!

    Everything in your “My Favorite Home Decor” looks like it came from Nells 🙂

    1. Kim, you would have fun with the clay. It is fun and relaxing. You can make so many things. I am using it for another project for my craft room. Thank for your sweet comment.

  2. I thought of making napkin rings, but mine would not have been anything as cute as yours Tammy! Love the butterfly design. I need to look for a mold like yours. Thanks so much for joining us this month and sharing such a beautiful project my friend!

    1. I loved it, Michelle. Thank you for your sweet comment. I was really pleased how they turned out. It was great being a contributor this month.

  3. These are beautiful, Tammy! It is amazing how detailed you can get with the stamp. I love how you created the napkin rings! Perfect for spring! I’m so glad you could join us this month! Pinned!

  4. So cute! and they look so involved, but once I see all your steps they are so doable — my kind of crafting! It was great hopping with you! (and getting to know you better at our retreat).

    1. Thank you, Diane. I like easy projects. This one was fun and easy. I enjoyed spending time with you on the retreat too. It was wonderful!

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