Sunday, October 14, 2012

Easy Recycled Kid's Craft--Fall Napkin Rings

Today I'm bringing back one of my previously published but very popular designs. Sometimes the simplest of things are the most elegant.  It's even better when you use recycled materials you would have just thrown out. These quick and easy napkin rings use the inside of a paper towel roll as it's base and couldn't be easier.  The kids will love creating these for Thanksgiving, Halloween or any holiday at all, just substitute seasonal felt shapes. 

Easy Kids craft, autumn napkin rings (an inexpensive recycled craft)

You will need:

One cardboard tube from the inside of a paper towel


Tacky Glue (Tacky glue has a thick consistency and does not bleed through the felt

Embossed felt



Autumn Felt shapes available at Craft stores

Fall leaves purchased in Craft stores (optional)

Clothespins are handy for holding the napkin rings till the glue dries.

Measure and cut four pieces off the cardboard tube to 1 ½” lengths.  Trim the rings evenly around.

Measure a piece of felt 1 ½” x 6”.  Cut four.

It is a good idea to put two fingers inside the ring to hold it while you are gluing.  Spread a generous amount of glue all over the outside of the ring. Attach the felt piece working around to cover. Overlap and glue the ends.  Let dry.  Trim the felt to the edges of the cardboard.  Ring base is made.

To decorate the rings glue pre-cut shapes over the seam line to cover.  An optional faux fall leaf looks great under a felt shape.  Use clothespins to hold the shapes on until completely dry. 

Enjoy your napkin rings. They are great family craft to keep the kids busy before the Thanksgiving or any holiday.

Note:  You can use regular felt if embossed is not available but the embossed felt gives the napkin rings a nicer look.  Make sure to use Tacky glue.  Other glues will bleed through the felt.  When cutting the tubes it is perfectly okay if it flattens slightly.  Just puff it up again with your fingers.