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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Sparkling Holiday Crafts

Nov 09, 2009 12:00AM

November’s here, and so begins the season of family celebrations. You and the kids can spice up the family get-together before heading over the river and through the woods by creating a few accessories sure to add sparkle to Grandma’s Thanksgiving table. Here are a few easy-to-make projects that are fun ways to add stylish “bling” to your family’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Braided Leaf Napkin Rings Stuff you’ll need:

  • Three different colors of decorative cording (fall colors such as, brown, yellow and orange)
  • Fray Check
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Artificial leaf

How you’ll do it:

  • Place ends of the cording together in a row.
  • Using the embroidery floss and needle, stitch the ends together by running the needle and floss through all three ends.
  • Pull it tight, and wrap the floss around the joined ends several times.
  • Run the floss and needle through all three ends again.
  • Tie off the end of the floss, cut and dab Fray Check on the part of the cords you’ve cut.
  • Braid a seven-inch length, pulling tightly as you work. Cut the ends and secure as directed in see step one.
  • Place ends together forming a circle, stitch with needle and floss, then wrap floss around tightly to secure the two ends and hide the stitching.
  • Place and artificial leaf in the center of the floss, stitch to the ring using small stitches along the “vein.”
  • Pull napkin through the circle and you’re ready to add style to your fall feast!