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DIY Napkin rings and thanksgiving tabletop idea

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

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 and 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 DIY gold leaf napkin rings to go along with Alana’s edible DIY Thanksgiving dinner cake toppers…

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Materials:

  • 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

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

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 and 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 (or similar object, we use caulk tubes from the studio construction ha!) so that it holds the round shape.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Once both clay pieces are completely dry, glue them together with super glue and then spray or paint them a metallic gold.

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If you’d like to use them 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 napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

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

Sources: Styling by Sugar & Cloth // photography by Jared Smith // cake toppers by Alana Jones Mann // table runner Oh Joy! from Target // cake stands from World Market, Macy’s, and Minted
DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Napkin rings and thanksgiving tabletop idea

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

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 and 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 DIY gold leaf napkin rings to go along with Alana’s edible DIY Thanksgiving dinner cake toppers…

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Materials:

  • 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

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

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 and 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 (or similar object, we use caulk tubes from the studio construction ha!) so that it holds the round shape.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

Once both clay pieces are completely dry, glue them together with super glue and then spray or paint them a metallic gold.

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com  DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

If you’d like to use them 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 napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.comDIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | sugarandcloth.com

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

Sources: Styling by Sugar & Cloth // photography by Jared Smith // cake toppers by Alana Jones Mann // table runner Oh Joy! from Target // cake stands from World Market, Macy’s, and Minted

Comments

  • Jenny

    11.17.14

    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!

    • Ashley said:

      well thank you, Jenny! So are you! Hope you’ve been well :) xoxo

  • Meghan Arnold

    11.17.14

    This is an awesome idea — thanks for sharing!

  • Sydney

    11.17.14

    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/

    • Christina said:

      Brilliant!! I want to make these as a festive gift for the holidays! Thanks

  • Kate

    11.19.14

    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.

  • Aileen

    11.19.14

    Ahhh this is all SO FREAKING CUTE! And your napkin rings are gorgeous too. Love, love, love it all.

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