Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft for Kids

Kate Miller-Wilson
thanksgiving napkin ring

The holidays are a great time to have some special crafting sessions with your child, and there's no better way to celebrate than to make some Thanksgiving napkin ring crafts for kids. Your holiday table will be festive and the kids will love seeing their artwork decorating every napkin.

Easy Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Crafts for Kids

These napkin rings are easy to make and will be a hit at the Thanksgiving table. Family members will love getting a little craft present from the kids, and the kids will be proud to have provided some of the holiday decorations. With a little preparation and an hour or two of your time, you'll be on your way to making fun holiday memories with the kids.

Punched Cardboard Napkin Ring

These napkin rings look great with fall-colored napkins. They are very easy to make and require fewer materials than a lot of other Thanksgiving crafts, making them a perfect rainy day activity. This craft also provides a lot of room for children to express their creativity.

Things You'll Need

punched cardboard napkin rings
  • Wrapping paper or paper towel tubes cut into two-inch lengths
  • Craft punch with a fall theme
  • Glitter, glue, paints, and markers

What to Do

  1. Have the paper towel tube cut to the right length before getting started.
  2. Give a tube to each child and help them use the craft punch to make decorative holes.
  3. With markers, glitter, paints, and glue, decorate the napkin rings with Thanksgiving colors.
  4. Allow napkin rings to dry, and then mark them with the child's name and the date.

Easy Beaded Napkin Ring

Making a beaded Thanksgiving napkin ring is a great craft idea for children. Younger children should stick to larger beads, which are easier for little fingers to handle. Older kids can use smaller glass beads. Your Thanksgiving table with sparkle with these little jeweled masterpieces.

Things You'll Need

beaded napkin ring
  • Medium weight cord in brown or a fall color
  • Selection of fall-colored beads made of wood, glass, stone, or plastic
  • Scissors

What to Do

  1. Use a rolled napkin to measure out the right length for the cord. Add a few inches on each end for tying. Cut the cord to the appropriate length.
  2. Set out beads in open containers and help children string the beads onto the cord.
  3. When the entire cord is full, help kids tie the ends together to create a napkin ring.

Ribbon and Flower Napkin Ring

Making a ribbon and flower napkin ring is a fun way to get really creative with your Thanksgiving crafts. You'll enjoy the wide variety of beautiful designs, and kids will love the creative freedom. The end result will be a gorgeous, eclectic mix of Thanksgiving napkin rings.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe cleaners in fall colors
  • Artificial flowers in fall colors
  • Paper towel tube
  • Ribbons in fall colors and different widths
  • Hot glue gun

What to Do

  1. Using the paper towel tube as a guide, create napkin rings from the pipe cleaners. You may need several pipe cleaners to create a sturdy ring.
  2. Carefully disassemble the artificial flowers. String a narrow ribbon through the center of the flowers to create a garland. Wrap the garland around the pipe cleaners.
  3. Use wider ribbons to add more decoration to the napkin rings.
  4. If you wish, an adult can use a hot glue gun to add more flowers.

Turkey Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Turkey napkin rings are a Thanksgiving classic. You'll love making these easy napkin rings with kids of all ages. Materials are simple and inexpensive, and soon your Thanksgiving table will have a fun holiday decoration.

Things You'll Need

Turkey Thanksgiving napkin rings
  • Paper towel or wrapping paper tube cut into two-inch lengths
  • Flat wood ice cream spoons or craft spoons
  • Orange pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Craft glue

What to Do

  1. Before getting started, have the paper towel tube cut in two-inch lengths.
  2. Have the child color the craft spoons with marker. Each spoon should be a different color, and five spoons will be required for each turkey napkin ring. One spoon should be colored yellow for the body.
  3. Make a turkey face on the yellow spoon.
  4. Using craft glue, attach the yellow spoon to one side of the paper towel tube. On the other side, affix the other craft spoons as feathers.
  5. Make turkey feet out of the orange pipe cleaners and attach to the bottom of the tube.

Before You Get Started

Crafting with kids can be a wonderful holiday experience, but there are a few things you can keep in mind to make the process go more smoothly.

  • If you're doing crafts with preschoolers or other young children, remember that they typically have a shorter attention span. Older children enjoy more complicated craft projects.
  • Assemble supplies ahead of time. Even older kids can get impatient while they wait for you to find the glue. If you have everything ready to go, it will be more fun for all involved.
  • Keep safety in mind. Younger kids may need help with the scissors, and even older kids might need a reminder about safety with sharp objects.
  • Limit crafting sessions to only one or two projects. Depending on the age of the child, you may have only a short window of time to keep their full attention. Older children will likely be able to sit still for longer periods of time.

Making Thanksgiving napkin ring crafts with kids is a great way to celebrate the holiday. Your guests will love the designs, and you'll love doing this rainy day activity with your kids!

Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft for Kids