My hooligans love making crafts. I know, I’ve mentioned that before…but they constantly want to be crafting, and it’s challenging to come up with things that might actually turn out to be useful and pretty enough to keep!
Recently we made these napkin rings, and the kids could not be more impressed with themselves.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oven-bake clay (like Fimo) in autumn colors
- Leather cords
- Leaf cookie cutters (ours were about 2” long)
First, roll out your clay. We rolled snakes out of the different colors, twined two or three together, then sort of patted them together and rolled them out, to make a marbled effect. It’s really hard to make these ugly, with those pretty fall colors.
Use the cookie cutters to cut out different leaves, then, with the toothpick, make a few veins in each leaf. Bake according to package directions. We draped some of our leaves over pencils on the baking sheet, to make the finished leaves a bit wavy.
After they’ve baked and cooled, use hot glue to glue two leaves together.
Cut your leather cords into 6” lengths and glue the leaves to the center of each. Then all you need to do is tie them around your napkins.
Thanksgiving…it’s a family time, so everyone in the family should feel like they’re contributing something. And do you really want those grubby little hands preparing food? Keep ‘em busy with crafts instead!