Learn how to make these awesome napkin rings for your table. I made eight Thanksgiving napkin rings and they are so easy!
It’s that time of year again. Fall decor, pumpkin spice lattes, and very soon it will be … Thanksgiving! The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends so why not make the most out of it? Make your home festive by creating these easy Thanksgiving napkin rings to keep your table feeling warm and inviting.
Homemade Napkin Rings
I am finally a grown-up.
I have napkin rings on my table.
If you look back on every table I have ever set on this blog, I don’t think there is a napkin ring to be found.
I decided it was time to upgrade the look on some of my tables with napkin rings. Of course, most people would go out and buy napkin rings.
But not me. I made some.
How did I make these totally awesome napkin rings? I used the Iron Orchid Designs decor moulds to embellish a very basic napkin ring.
All I did was make the clay, glue it on, let them dry, paint them, and seal them.
They were so easy to make. And you know what that means … you can make these too!
Iron Orchid Design
You probably know I love Iron Orchid Designs. You all know how much I love to craft and I am always looking for new ideas that look amazing and are not hard to do. Iron Orchid Designs has really great products for crafts and DIYs. Their designs are so creative, they are a company of wonderful people, and their products will easily help you to discover amazing new DIYs and crafts.
If you go to the IOD website you will find “DIY tools and tutorials to inspire your creative soul”. They have decor moulds, decor stamps, and decor transfers to make fabulous items for your home. Today I get to share how I made these napkin rings for my Thanksgiving table!
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How to Make These Napkin Rings
Materials You Need
- Napkin Rings, plastic set of 8
- IOD Trimmings 2 6×10 Decor Mould (for leaf)
- One 14oz. package of Iron Orchid Clay or Sculpey Model Air White Dry Clay
- Titebond Quick and Thick glue
- Acrylic Paint in Cream
- Acrylic paint in gray
- Paint Brushes
- Water-based satin sealer (I use Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane)
- one – Roll some of the clay in your hand to soften. Place a generous amount into the mould.
- two – Flatten the clay into the mould. Using the IOD blade, flatten and scrape the clay until it is flat.
- three – Remove the clay from the mould.
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- four – This is what the clay looks like after it is removed from the mould.
- five – Measure the mould around the outside of the napkin ring. Cut to the right length.
- six – While the clay is still wet, glue the back of the mould with the Titebond.
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- seven – Gently place the clay around the napkin ring and hold until the glue is secure.
- eight – Look at the difference between the before and after.
- nine – Let the napkin rings dry over night.
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- ten – Once dry, paint the napkin ring with acrylic paint.
- eleven – Don’t these look great painted?
- twelve – I wanted to add a grey wash to give the clay some depth. You can use any color you want, such as brown or grey. Add some water (about one teaspoon) to a generous amount of the paint. (You want the paint to be a wash and not a thick coat.) Apply with a wet brush .
If necessary, go back and add more of the cream-colored paint to highlight some of the design.
What is the meaning of a napkin ring and why do we use them in our homes during the holidays?
Napkins rings were first used by the wealthy middle class in Europe. Often called a serviette ring, they were first used in France in the early 1800’s. Their purpose was a bit odd, as it had to do with identifying who each napkin belonged to (because they were only laundered once a week). Yikes! Of course, nowadays napkin rings are more used for classy decor on the table. That is probably because we launder our napkins much more frequently. Hehe.
Here is a close-up of the napkin ring. I love the details in this!
By adding the grey wash, the detail of the mould really shows through.
Don’t have time to make your own napkin rings? No worries, I have curated some that I found on Amazon. I love to shop on Amazon. Fast delivery, easy returns and a great price!
We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and celebrate the year’s successes. Wouldn’t it also be nice if our tables looked just as good? This blog post has shown you how easy napkin rings are to make, so go ahead and take your crafting skills out of hiding this year! If you need some other homemade holiday decorations for your table, I have plenty more Fall Crafts here.
Thanks for reading today – hope these tips were helpful!
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