Welcome to Autumn in August if you are here from Happily Ever After Etc. I talk a lot about decorating and my crafts are pretty simple. Be sure to scroll through to the end to see all of the other autumn inspiration.
It’s so hot here that it’s really hard to think about fall, but I like to make simple napkin rings. This is a quick DIY project and one that’s an easy way to add a touch of fall to your dinner table.
Napkin rings are an easy way to personalize your place settings. You can make table decorations unique without spending a lot of money.
Napkin rings are also an easy thing to customize for each dinner guest, you can add a name or a different face in this case. This month I’m getting ready for a small fall dinner party with our new neighbors. This is a great idea for a quick Thanksgiving napkin ring, especially if you have lots of little ones.
- Cloth napkins – I love these thick cotton ones from Amazon
- Mod Podge
- Foam paint brush
- Brown paint – if you have spray paint, that’s the quickest fix (optional)
- White and black paint pens
- Ribbon or raffia
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The leaves that make the best are ones that have recently fallen from the tree and aren’t yet brittle. I tried this with all kinds of different leaves.
Steps to Make
I love a simple craft that can be made in a few minutes. I don’t usually set a formal table setting; simple projects that don’t take a lot of work are the only ones I try. If you are doing an outdoor party, these can be used with fabric napkins or paper napkins.
The first step is to collect leaves from a Sycamore Tree, (I now know thanks to Chloe). My neighbor caught me collecting her leaves and thought I was there to cut down the tree. She said the city wanted to cut down her tree because it’s in the way of the sidewalk curb. I convinced her that I wasn’t going to harm the tree, but when I explained why I wanted the leaves I think she thought I was a little crazy,
I really like to use natural elements not just because they are cheap, and they are always what’s in season. If you collect fresh leaves and let them brown or newly fallen ones, they work best if they haven’t started to curl up. Pressing them overnight inside a book is a great way to flatten them.
After a day they are ready to be painted. Use a white paint pen to paint on the ears and a beard/muzzle. Next, use a black pen to paint on the nose and eyes. You can seal the final project with mod podge if you want to reuse them.
I didn’t use an actual napkin ring, I used ribbon. If you want something more permanent you could attach the leaves to plastic shower curtain rings using a hot glue gun. This step is optional. I tied mine onto the napkins with a piece of burlap ribbon. I don’t know that I will reuse them, but they are the perfect addition to my fall table.
Here are a few more DIY napkin ring ideas that are the perfect project if you’re a DIY novice like me.
- Burlap bunnies.
- DIY beaded napkin ring
- Raffia napkin rings and
- Ribbon napkin rings
Be sure watch this video of three easy projects using inexpensive supplies from the dollar tree. After you see one it’s easy to come up with your own creative idea using supplies you probably already have around the house.
- Chas Crazy Creations – Super Easy Dollar Tree Pumpkin Crafts on a Budget
- Celebrate And Decorate – Dollar Tree Home Decor
- Life At Bella Terra – Fall Wreath Ideas and Inspiration
- Mantel & Table – A Simply Beautiful and Bright Copper Tablescape for Fall
- Blue Sky At Home – How To Make a DIY Pumpkin Wreath
- Ship Lap and Shells – 6 Home Décor and DIY Project Ideas to Get You Ready for Autumn
- Happily Ever After Etc – Easy Fall Home Decor Paper Acorns With Your Cricut
- Design Morsels – An Easy Fall Leaf Napkin Ring