DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings + Tabletop Idea

These Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings are a modern take on napkin rings (that you can also use as place cards)

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

I have a little confession to make. I’m kind of a fan girl over Alana Jones Mann.

It’s a love affair I’ve been meaning to tell you about since I met her at a blog conference last year.

She handed me a business card that was a slice of cake made out of a makeup sponge. I practically asked her if we could be best friends right on the spot.

Somehow I convinced her almost a year later to help me create a Thanksgiving tabletop idea I’d been dreaming up (since she is the queen of cupcake toppers, after all).

And the result is kind of blowing my mind! To bring a little extra handmade action to the table,

I created Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings to go along with Alana’s edible DIY Thanksgiving dinner cake toppers.

And speaking about gold leaf, this DIY gold leaf photo backdrop is sure to wow your guests at your Thanksgiving holiday party.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Materials and Tools Needed to Make Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings

Air dry clay – We love working with air-dry clay since you don’t need a heat source, and there are so many creative things that you can make with it.

Metallic gold spray paint

Fresh leaf

Rolling pin — Or caulk tubes, in my case!

X-Acto knife or straight edge

Super glue

 

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea | How To Make Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings

Step 1 — To get started making the napkin rings, roll out a piece of air-dry clay that’s about a quarter of an inch thick.

Step 2 — Place a fresh leaf on the clay and use a rolling pin over the top to press the shape into the clay. Old leaves will just flake under the pressure of the pin. 

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Step 3 — Use an X-Acto knife to cut the leaf shape out.

Step 4 — Peel the fresh leaf away from the clay and let it dry completely.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Step 5 — For the ring, use the X-Acto knife to cut about a one-inch wide strip of clay that’s a bit thicker than the leaf and roll it around a rolling pin.

You could just use a similar object to a rolling pin if you don’t have one. We used caulk tubes from the studio construction to hold the round shape.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Step 6 — Once both clay pieces are completely dry, glue them together with super glue.

Step 7 — Then, spray or paint them metallic gold.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

If you’d like to use the DIY Napkin Rings repeatedly or as place cards for guests’ names, you can coat them with high gloss Mod Podge to make the surface erasable and a bit sturdier to consistent wear.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

  DIY Cake Toppers | Edible Thanksgiving Dinner Toppers

Be sure to check Alana’s blog for the full tutorial on how to make her edible DIY Thanksgiving dinner toppers!

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Sources for Our Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea

— Styling by Sugar & Cloth

Cake toppers Alana Jones Mann

— Table runner Oh Joy! from Target

— Cake stands from World Market, Macy’s, and Minted, but you can check out our favorite list of cool, chic, and functional cake stands for you to choose from

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

More Thanksgiving Ideas

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

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5 from 1 vote
Here are easy napking rings ideas for a festive Thanksgiving holiday dinner!
Active Time40 mins
Drying time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course DIY
Category Entertaining Decor

Equipment

  • Rolling pin
  • X-Acto knife or straight edge
  • Super glue

Instructions

  • To get started making the napkin rings, roll out a piece of air-dry clay that’s about a quarter of an inch thick.
  • Place a fresh leaf on the clay and use a rolling pin over the top to press the shape into the clay. Old leaves will just flake under the pressure of the pin.
  • Use an X-Acto knife to cut the leaf shape out.
  • Peel the fresh leaf away from the clay and let it dry completely.
  • For the ring, use the X-Acto knife to cut about a one inch wide strip of clay that’s a bit thicker than the leaf and roll it around a rolling pin.
    You could just use a similar object to a rolling pin if you don’t have one. We used caulk tubes from the studio construction to hold the round shape.
  • Once both clay pieces are completely dry, glue them together with super glue.
  • Then, spray or paint them metallic gold.
Cost: $10
KEYWORD: diy thanksgiving napkin rings

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  6. Wow those cakes with the mini cake and pie toppers – I’m in love! And your napkin rings are so pretty. What a lovely idea for an autumnal tablescape.

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  7. I am in love with everything! This is such a cute idea! And so crafty! I’m been trying to figure out some tablescape options and love this idea! Thanks!
    xoxo Sydney at Twine Interiors
    http://blog.twineinteriors.com/

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  8. Oh my goodness. The cakes with the little pies and corn on top OMG, it is so cute. And your napkin rings are adorable. You are so talented, Ashley!

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