August 29, 2009

Autumn Napkin Rings

Ava and I made these autumn napkin rings together this week. Beads and raffia are all we needed. The project was fun, easy, cheap, clean, and turned out really cute. Plus, we will be able to reuse them over the years and talk about how we made them when she was little. Sometimes Ava strung the beads, and sometimes she handed me the colors I asked for as I strung them.

If you are unable to be with family this Thanksgiving, these would be sweet tied together with raffia and a card and mailed to your family to use for Thanksgiving. It will be a reminder at their dinner that you are thinking of them and wish you could be there, too.

Other Ideas:
  • Christmas - Trade the autumn-colored, natural-textured beads for sparkling, Christmas-colored ones and let your child go Christmas crazy.
  • Table Decoration - Instead of forming napkin rings, create one really long strand to wind around the yummy food dishes at your holiday table.
  • Bracelets - Instead of using raffia to string the beads, use stretchy string to make bracelets.
  • Place Cards - The napkin rings can do double-duty as place cards. Write each guest's name on appropriately colored heavy paper and attach each one to a napkin ring with raffia or ribbon.

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