Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings And Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea — A modern take on DIY Napkin Rings (that you can also use a place cards) and Thanksgiving tabletop idea for the holidays!
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’ve been dreaming up (since she is the queen of cupcake toppers after all).
And the end 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.
Materials And Tools Needed To Make Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings
- Air dry clay
- Metallic gold spray paint
- A fresh leaf
- Rolling pin — Or caulk tubes in my case!
- Xacto knife or straight edge
- Super glue
Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea | How To Make Gold Leaf DIY Napkin Rings
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 Xacto 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 Xacto 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 used a similar object to a rolling pin if you don’t have one. We used caulk tubes from the studio construction so that it holds the round shape.
Once both clay pieces are completely dry, glue them together with super glue.
Then, spray or paint them a metallic gold.
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 erase-able and a bit sturdier to consistent wear.
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!
Sources For Our Thanksgiving Tabletop Idea
- Styling by Sugar & Cloth
- Cake toppers by Alana Jones Mann
- Table runner Oh Joy! from Target
- Cake stands from World Market, Macy’s and Minted