Here’s a fun activity for kids! Make Fall napkin rings with a creative art technique called scrape painting! We’ll show you how to do it with paint and an old credit card! Grab some toilet rolls too! You’ll need them for this easy fall leaf craft.
Looking for something easier? Check out our tinfoil holiday napkin rings.
You may also like our adorable pumpkin pie with whipped cream craft.
When we set out to do some fall crafting the other day, I did not have fall napkin rings in mind at all. But our project turned out so beautifully, that I couldn’t resist turning it into something that could be displayed on our Thanksgiving dinner table.
See all of our Thanksgiving Crafts for all ages here.
I originally planned for the hooligans to simply make some fall art, using fall colours and an art process that we call Scrape Painting.
And they did. Aren’t they lovely? Now, while they were working on their canvases of black construction paper, I was working on white cardboard, and those autumn colours, all swirled together, were too pretty to NOT put to good use, and so, my Fall napkin rings were born.
If you’ve never tried this art process before, click here to see how we paint with credit cards. This unique colour blending technique produces beautiful results and it’s easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do. Ok, now that you know how it’s done, here’s what I turned the art into napkin rings.
You may also like our scrape-painted fall leaf silhouette window art.
How to make Fall Napkin Rings:
I traced several oak leaf shapes on the back of my painted cardboard and cut those out. Then with a red-brown pencil crayon, I drew “veins” on each “leaf”.
Free Leaf Shape Printable:
I’ve since made a printable with a variety of leaf shapes and sizes. Click here to print your copy.
Paint some cardboard tubes with brown paint. Paper towels, wrapping paper, tinfoil and plastic wrap all come wrapped around cardboard tubes that would be perfect for this project.
You know I love a good toilet roll craft, but we’re talking about something that’s going to be inches away from your dinner plate, so you might want to consider using one of the above alternatives.
Cut your roll into as many “napkin rings” as you’ll need, and attach your painted leaf with a bit of hot glue. That’s it, that’s all! Aren’t they great? Now you and your kids can make a set of Thanksgiving Napkin Rings for your family! To my fellow Canadians, I apologize that I didn’t have this Thanksgiving craft done before our holiday, but for those of you who celebrate the holiday in November, you’ll have no problem making yours in time for your turkey dinner.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy these turkey table favours by Make and Takes.
You may also like our:
- Fall Leaf Shape Match Activity for Preschoolers
- Leaf Printing Activity for Preschoolers
- Painting with Leaves Activity
- Scratch Art Fall Leaf Project
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
I just made these with an almost 3-year-old and they came out great! I made one variation, which was to tape pipe cleaners to the back to wrap around the napkins, rather than use the paper towel tubes. I though it would be easier for my little one to help put the napkins in herself this way and then they could be used with any size napkin. Thanks so much for the idea!
Ok, Can I just say that I LOVE how creative you guys are, Amber! I’ve had so many people comment lately saying they took an idea of ours, and put their own spin on it or tweaked it, and made their own unique version of it. I LOVE that!! THAT’s what it’s all about for me – not expecting others to do exact replicas of our crafts and activities, but inspiring moms, carers, grandparents, teachers etc. to get thinking creatively, and get excited and passionate about playing and crafting with their kids and students! And I love that you guys take the time to let me know what you did, and what changes you made! Wow. Sorry for being so long winded, but your comment is such a rewarding one! Thank you! x
Happy to give feedback and engage with you! I am a nanny and I do a lot of crafting with my little ones but I was just recently alerted to your site and I’m loving it!
GOSTEI MUITO DA CRIATIVIDADE PARTICIPATIVA COM AS CRIANÇAS.