Crafty (& Handy) Holidays

Autumn Leaves Napkin Rings for BHG

This is the second craft project I’ve made for Better Homes & Gardens this fall (the first was the Halloween mask). I, along with the other three bloggers, was tasked with creating something out of real or fake autumn leaves. And just as last time, you can vote for your favorite at

Wouldn’t these be great for setting the table on Thanksgiving? Here’s how you can make your own.


  • faux fall leaves
  • faux berries on wire stems
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • pinking shears
  • hot glue gun and glue


  • For each napkin ring, cut a 3″ circle out of felt with pinking shears. I find it’s easier if you make an outline of the circle with chalk before cutting.
  • Glue a single leaf to the felt circle, leaving 1/2″ of the stem hanging down.
  • Glue a few sprigs of berries to the leaf, wrapping the end of the wires around the leaf stem to strengthen it.
  • Cut a 24″ length of ribbon, and tie it at its center to the stem of the leaf.
  • use the ribbon to wrap around a napkin and tie the ends in a bow.

And remember, you can see the other three projects made with autumn leaves and vote for your favorite at!

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  • Erika
    October 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    So pretty and actually a craft project that even I could do!

  • Kristin
    October 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I really like the napkin rings. They would look great around my table this Thanksgiving, especially with white linens and white plates. Very Nice!

  • Jenae
    October 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I love your ribbon choice. Very elegant

  • Your Mother
    October 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    So pretty. I like them especially with the crisp white linens and the white plates. So fresh and autumnal.

  • Nicole
    October 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Very pretty! Captures fall.

  • jbhat
    October 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Very inspiring. And good luck.


  • matthew
    October 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    yikes! the ribbon is great, but unfortunately the rest, not so much. sorry for the harsh comment, but the faux leaf and the felt!

  • steve
    October 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I agree, the fake leaf looks really tacky…. this looks like it could have been clipped from a craft mag of 94.

  • Susie
    October 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Aw, I think it’s really cute! I’ll be voting for yours for sure.

  • Karen
    October 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I just found you thanks to paper{whites} and I’m so happy I have.

  • Creative Mind
    October 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    its very cute…nice blog…

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