DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

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By this time, I feel like I might sound like a broken record with how much I talk about projects I have made with my Glowforge laser cutter. As someone who loves to make things and design products, it’s like the machine of my dreams. I can laser cut wood and acrylic in a snap and it seems that anything I want to make can become a reality in just a few short minutes. I have made everything from light fixtures, to drink stirrers, to wall hooks with my Glowforge laser cutter and I am not stopping there! Today I made a DIY tufted napkin holder with my Glowforge and it is the cutest addition to my party table. I actually got the idea after I made my half circle pendant light and realized the wood part of the pendant looked super cute as a rainbow plate and napkin holder. So then I got to work making this tufted design to resemble the pink tufted booths at fancy restaurants.

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

Materials to make your own DIY tufted napkin holder:

  • This cut file
  • Glowforge laser cutter
  • 1/8″ MDF sheet (12″ by 12″ or larger)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brush

Begin by loading the cut file into your Glowforge app, then cut out the 1/8″ mdf wood at 170 speed and full power. Once cut, remove the paper backing and paint with your craft paint. Let dry.

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

Once the paint is dry, use the wood glue to attach the two base pieces to each other and then glue on the side pieces.

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

Let the glue set overnight and then you are ready to use your new DIY tufted napkin holder.

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

And here is a picture of the rainbow one that I made to be a pendant light, but played around with as a plastic plate holder for Easter.

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

The possibilities of different napkin or paper plate holder designs are endless. You can do modern chippendale shaped ones or cute ones for a kids party like a mermaid or unicorn! All you need is the Glowforge, wood, paint, and glue!

DIY Tufted Napkin Holder

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