I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. When I was a child, it was a day full of eager anticipation. Between awaiting the arrival of family and friends to watching my folks put the final touches on the turkey, there was a lot of time to fill, and I loved spending that time making handcrafted decor as my personal contribution to this cherished holiday.
Now, as a mom of a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old, I want to instill in my kids the same type of Thanksgiving nostalgia by helping them build equally fond memories. The holidays are an especially exciting time to indulge in crafts and DIYs with relatives and friends. But gathering everyone together like this isn’t just about making things. It’s also about catching up and synergizing our creative energy. I’m happy to bring you this turkey napkin rings DIY that accomplishes all of that. Incorporate these as part of your kids’ Thanksgiving agenda this year and allow the whole family to bring something new to the table -- literally!
- 5 adhesive felt sheets in fall colors (dark brown, light brown, red, orange, yellow) to be cut into the following shapes:
- 6 circular scalloped turkey bodies (dark brown)
- 6 turkey faces (light brown)
- 30 feathers (in an assortment of orange, yellow, and red)
- 6 beaks (yellow)
- 6 wattles (red)
- 6 wooden disks
- 36 beads
- 6 pieces of circular sticky foam
- 12 googly eyes
Gather all of your materials. Cut your felt into shapes, including body, head, feathers, beak, and wattle. Sticky felt is easy to work with, but using felt and glue work for this project just fine too.
Insert the cord through the wooden disk. Pull on the cord until it is even on both sides.
String three beads onto each side of the cord.
Tie the cord into a knot and cut off the excess.
Stick a double-sided sticky foam circle onto the wooden disk. Remove the top film of the sticky foam to expose the adhesive and stick five turkey feathers on top. Place the turkey body over the remaining sticky foam and feathers. Then place a turkey head on top of its body.
Stick on a pair of googly eyes, a beak, and a wattle to make the turkey’s face.
Repeat all steps to make remaining napkin rings. Your turkey napkin rings are ready to set the table!
Don’t have time to gather these materials? You can find materials and inspiration for this project (and many more) on Kiwi Crate!