Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving
What you will make:
Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather and share
experiences. You can start the sharing by making these simple
napkin rings with your child. Not only will you have fun, but you will
also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. Use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays.
This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time.
With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this project is easy and fun for children.
Here's what you need:
- Empty toilet paper tubes
- Aluminum foil
- Construction paper in fall colors
- Cardstock for leaf patterns
- White craft glue (Elmer's/PVA)
- Pencil and ruler
- Optional: String or
rubber band, felt-tip markers, brayer, decorative paper, white
or colored computer paper
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
making the napkin rings. If you are doing this craft with a group, pre-cutting the
rings and foil rectangles will make the craft go faster. You
might also pre-cut small rectangles of construction paper.
Tip: If you plan to use this craft again,
next year or with another group, make leaf templates using
poster board that will last for many uses.
- Step 2: Cut Rings
Cut the toilet paper tubes into 1¼" to 1½"-wide rings.
A standard-size tube will make three rings. Measure the rings with a ruler and make pencil marks on
opposite sides of the tube. Use the tip of the scissors to
punch a hole at one of the pencil marks, and continue cutting
around the tube.
Tip: An easy way to make the
cut is by using a string or rubber band as a guide. Tie a
string or place a rubber band around the tube at the pencil
marks, and follow it as you cut.
- Step 3: Cover Rings
Cover the rings with aluminum foil, shiny or dull side up—it's
your choice. Measure and cut a 4" by
6" piece of foil for each ring. Wrap the foil around the
ring and fold the edges to the inside.
Give the napkin rings a textured effect by first crumpling the
foil, but be very gentle or the foil may tear. You can use a
brayer to smooth crumpled foil.
- Step 4: Cut Leaf Shapes
Cut out one or two leaf shapes for each ring. Use these
patterns printed to cardstock, or cut patterns of your own. Trace around the patterns with a pencil on
construction paper. Use at least two different colors of paper
in fall colors—yellow, red, green, orange and brown. Cut
out the leaves.
Tip: Collect small leaves from your yard to
use as tracing patterns.
- Step 5: Color Leaves (optional)
Instead of cutting leaves from colored construction paper, you can
patterns to white or colored computer paper and
color them with markers!
Add your own special touch! Enhance your
leaves with felt-tip markers. Color the stems brown. Add veins on
the leaves. Give the leaves the mottled look of real leaves by
shading with reds and oranges.
- Step 6: Glue Leaves to Rings
Glue leaves on the napkin rings. Use a white glue like
Elmer’s or a PVA glue to adhere the leaves to each napkin
ring. Hold the leaves in place until the glue sets.
Tip: Glue the leaves over the place where the foil
meets, and turn the leaves so their tracing marks face down.
That's it! Your napkin rings are
ready for the table!
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