Originally published November 13, 2017 and updated November 14, 2020.
These DIY Thanksgiving napkin rings are a fun way to dress up your holiday table. They’re easy enough to make with your children as a Thanksgiving family activity and lovely enough to proudly use on your holiday table.
When I became an adult and responsible for holiday preparations, Thanksgiving became my favorite holiday. It puts family and friends first with food and thankfulness a very close second. And it’s a lower stress holiday than many of the others. What’s better than that combination?
I enjoy decorating for Thanksgiving with handmade crafts. I find that handmade items add a warmth and charm that compliment the meaning of Thanksgiving.
In our family there’s a window of downtime on Thanksgiving day between when guests arrive and when everyone sits down to dinner. I always plan an activity for my children, especially when they were younger, to keep them occupied during that window of time.
Often we make Thanksgiving Care Kits to donate to our local homeless shelter or food bank. Making these DIY Thanksgiving napkin rings would also be a great way to keep the kiddos busy (and out of trouble). Plus, the kids will be so proud to see their handiwork featured on the Thanksgiving table.
How do you make Thanksgiving napkin rings?
There are many different ways to make Thanksgiving napkin rings. You can often start with a base of items you probably already have at home.
- Slice of paper towel or wrapping paper tube
- Rubber band
- Pipe cleaner
- Construction paper ring
- Threaded beads
- Floral wire
- Washi tape
- Hair band
To those bases, you can add:
- Hand-drawn images
- Images cut from greeting cards
- Silk flowers or greenery
- DIY fabric flowers
- The cute silk leaf turkey shared below
- A paper turkey craft
DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
I found these lovely artificial autumn leaves at my local dollar store. A fairly large bag of leaves was only $1.
- Artificial Autumn Leaves
- Paper Towel Rolls
- Card Stock Paper or Construction Paper in Brown, Orange or Tan, Yellow and Red
- Double Stick Tape
- Googly Eyes
- Glue Pen
- Circle Stencil with 2 Sizes
Cut the paper towel roll into 6 to 8 rings. If your roll has the glue lines, you can use those as cutting guides. You want your napkin ring to be approximately 1 1/2 inches wide.
Step 1 – Cut the brown paper into strips that are 1 1/2 inches by 6 inches. Use the double stick tape to attach strip of brown paper to the napkin ring.
Step 2 – Use your circle stencil to cut two circles, one slightly smaller than the other. The larger circle should be cut from the brown paper and the smaller circle cut from tan or orange paper. If you don’t have a circle stencil, you can substitute a vitamin bottle. Use the lid to cut the larger circle and the opening of the bottle for the smaller circle.
Step 3 – Use double stick tape to attach the large leaf to the brown circle. Attach the smaller leaf to the top of the larger leaf.
Step 4- I found that the double stick tape didn’t secure the fabric leaves well enough. It did a good job, though, of temporarily positioning the leaves. I used the stapler to better secure the leaves to the brown circle. Be sure to place the staple where it will be covered by the orange face circle.
Step 5 – Use the glue pen to attach the googly eyes to the face. You could draw the eyes with a marker, but googly eyes make everything more fun. Attach a yellow beak and red snood (the dingly red thingy that hangs on the side of the turkey’s beak) with glue. Use double stick tape to attach the face to the body. The leaves will be sandwiched between the brown body circle and the orange face circle.
Look how adorable these DIY Thanksgiving napkin rings turned out! Just picture them on your Thanksgiving dinner table and imagine how proud you and your children will be with all the compliments you’ll get.