I've almost got my Thanksgiving crafts complete and my table ready for Thanksgiving. Today, I wanted to show you this easy diy craft to make felt and burlap napkin rings. They are super easy and quick to make and complete the look of my table. I've got a full tutorial for you so you can make them for your Thanksgiving table as well.
You may remember among the 4th of July craft ideas I had this year, I made those cute felt napkin rings. I liked them so much, I wanted to try to come up with something for Thanksgiving that was in that same genre. I couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do with these. I had some general ideas, but I turned to my best idea source….my daughters. They helped me come up with the full ideas for these napkin rings. We couldn't quite all agree on which pattern we liked the best, so I ended up making 3 variations of this same napkin ring.
You can make all three variations or pick your favorite and make just that one. If you are going to have a table full of people, using all three variations may work out well because the more variations you make the more different napkin rings you will have and the easier to tell them apart.
- Stiffened felt in fall colors
- Felt in fall colors
- Wired burlap ribbon
- Thread in colors to match your felt
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun (affiliate link)
- Felt and burlap napkin ring pattern
Start this craft by using the pattern I made for both of us. Cut out at least one circle and one leaf for each napkin ring. If you want the multiple layers, cut out both sizes of the circles in the pattern for each napkin ring you plan to make. If you want to make the napkin rings with the cuts in the felt (pictured at the top of the picture above), you can see my tutorial on how to easily make those cuts in one of my 4th of July craft ideas posts.
Decide on which color combinations you want and sew the layers of felt together by sewing down the center of the leaf. You could probably do this with hot glue if you prefer or don't know how to sew, but you may not get quite the lift on the leaves this way. The lift on the leaves provides the 3-D element of these napkin rings and makes the leaves, at times, look like they are falling or at least as though they have some texture.
My sewing machine won't handle sewing through 3 layers of felt. If your sewing machine can handle it go for it! I only sewed through 2 layers, the leaf and one circle.
If you only sewed through two layers of felt like I did, place a thin layer of hot glue on the back of the felt circle that you sewed and glue it to the third layer (which is another slightly larger circle). Try to keep your layer of hot glue thin so this doesn't add bulk or a bumpy texture to your napkin ring.
Cut your wired burlap to the length shown in the pattern. It is the long piece with blue edges in the pattern.
First you will want to glue the burlap together. After you have carefully done that (the hot glue will seep through the burlap, so be careful!), place hot glue on the overlapping portion of your burlap and attach your felt layers to the burlap ring.
See the layers you have created. Give the hot glue time to dry and set. You are done! Easy, simple and cute.
I've added these to all the other Thanksgiving crafts I've made this year and I must say….my table looks great! I'm still slightly on the fence about these napkin rings and if I really love them or if they are a bit tacky. What do you think?
My girls love the napkin rings I made with the cuts in the bottom layers of felt. I don't really like those. Hence the three different patterns. Anyway, overall the napkin rings go well with the table runner and the tea lights I made, so in the end when it is all together on the table, it looks very fall and cute.
I had one other thing that I was going to make and use as a Thanksgiving teacher gift and use on my table as well, but thus far that has turned into a craft fail. I'm working to rescue it and hoping to show you that later this week.
Which napkin ring pattern is your favorite?
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