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.
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.
- Leaves — any fairly sturdy kind
- Thanks Stamp
- Letter Stamps
- Clay Slicer
- Clay work Board / Poster board + contact paper
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
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.
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.
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