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DIY Thanksgiving Napkin Rings — polymer clay tutorial

Napin rings are a small but significant part of your Thanksgiving table settings. I DIY-ed some chic napkin rings with a handcrafted terra cotta vibe using oven-bake polymer clay.

Check out the how-to video below to dive in and get making and don't forget to pin this post for later.

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I really love the terra cotta color — its a perfect burnt orange accent to my fall decor style which includes a lot of gold, yellows + wood tones. If you want a full peak into my style, check out my Fall House Tour with all my fall decor + styling inspo!

These turned out SUPER cute — with a handcrafted / Anthropologie vibe. I love the detail using real leaves and how the spot gloss made them pop!

Even though they look awesome, the whole project wasn't smooth.

my huge diy fail! 🤦🏻‍♀️

This project seemed super simple, but it took a bit to get right. I tried two different types of air dry clay that legit just crumbled — watch the video to see exactly how bad it got — then I finally tried oven-bake polymer clay which worked out great!

Moral of the story — things often go awry with DIY projects, and that's ok! It's all part of the process, check out this podcast episode — Experimenting in your DIY & design journey + the perks of making mistakes — for some more encouragement on your DIY flops & fails.

IMAGES: a closeup look + styling inspo

These are adorable and she's too funny! napkin ring diy Thanksgiving | diy fall decor | thanksgiving dinner table | thanksgiving dinner table decoration | thanksgiving table setting ideas | Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart | #thanksgiving #diy #fall #neverskipbrunch
These are adorable and she's too funny! napkin ring diy Thanksgiving | diy fall decor | thanksgiving dinner table | thanksgiving dinner table decoration | thanksgiving table setting ideas | Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart | #thanksgiving #diy #fall #neverskipbrunch
These are adorable and she's too funny! napkin ring diy Thanksgiving | diy fall decor | thanksgiving dinner table | thanksgiving dinner table decoration | thanksgiving table setting ideas | Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart | #thanksgiving #diy #fall #neverskipbrunch
These are adorable and she's too funny! napkin ring diy Thanksgiving | diy fall decor | thanksgiving dinner table | thanksgiving dinner table decoration | thanksgiving table setting ideas | Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart | #thanksgiving #diy #fall #neverskipbrunch

DIY TUTORIAL: fall leaf wall hanging

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DIY Polymer Clay Thankgsiving Napkin Rings

DIY Polymer Clay Thankgsiving Napkin Rings

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Tools

stamp options

optional:

  • Clay Slicer
  • Fork
  • Sharpie
  • Clay work Board / Poster board + contact paper

Instructions

STEP 01.

Start by squeezing the clay around in your hands to prime it, roll it out with the clay roller into a square about 1/4" thick. You can create a measuring grid on your work surface — check the video for the how-to

Stamping option A — if you're using the leaf print method, press the back of the leaves into your clay and roll to imprint

STEP 02.

Cut the clay into strips with the ruler + box knife or clay slicer — 1 1/2" thick and 5 1/2" in long (shorter or longer depending on the circumference around your paper tube)

STEP 03.

Wrap the strip around your paper tube, squeezing the ends together at the back to form a ring. You can press the back with a fork at the seam to add additional texture.

Stamping option B — if you're using the letter or thanks stamp method, stamp the design on the front of the ring

If a ring doesn't turn out, just squish it and re-roll until you get the look you want.

STEP 04.

Gently wiggle the ring off the tube, being careful not to change the shape. Place on a cookie sheet on its side and bake for 1 hour at the recommended temperature on the clay box (mine was 275℉). Baking shorter will result in rubbery / cracking clay.

STEP 05 — optional

Once cool, paint some glossy glaze inside of the leaf imprints with a small paintbrush. Don't shake the bottle — it creates bubbles that will ruin your finish. Let dry 30 min between coats.

Once dry, style with your favorite cloth napkin.

Notes

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related projects:

check out all my diy Fall Decor projects here

or hop over to my Fall Decor Pinterest Board for extra inspo

 

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

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