Polymer Clay Leaf Napkins
This is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table and they are so easy to make yourself!
You will need:
- Polymer clay of various fall leaf colors
- Polymer clay tools
- leaf cookie cutters
- rope, twine or ribbon (for making the 'ring' portion where the napkin goes)
- string (for attaching the leaves to the ring)
- toaster oven for baking the clay
- glue gun
- glue gun
Begin by taking little bits of clay from 3 different colors and fold them and twist them together with your fingers (don't totally blend the colors!! - you want to see swirls of different colors) (for the oak leaf I just used burgundy & brown but for the orange leaf I used mostly orange with some yellow and a touch of burgundy).
Now roll out the swirled clay until you have about 1/4 inch (or a little less) thickness.
Start pressing the cookie cutters into the rolled clay.
Lightly etch the middle lines in the leaves & press a hole through the bottom of each leaf (this hole is where the string will go to attach to the ring).
Bend the leaves a little to look like they are blowing in the wind (leaves are never totally flat in nature)
I put 3 leaves on each napkin ring - so continue making leaves until you have enough for your desired number of rings.
Bake according to the directions on the back of the package (checking to make sure that they don't burn).
Remove from the oven and allow to totally cool.
Take your rope or twine & braid in lengths of 5 inches - the amount of braids that you will make depends on how many napkin rings you want to make.
Using a hot glue gun - glue each braid into a round circle for the ring part of the napkin ring (allow the glue to cool completely).
Now attach the leaves to each ring using the string & tying them securely.
Place a napkin through each napkin ring & ENJOY!!
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