Holidays give us a reason to gather family and friends and celebrate good things in life. A great way to dress up your table settings for holiday dinners is to have cloth napkins in a festive napkin ring. This year I wanted to have some leaf shaped napkin rings to decorate this fall and Thanksgiving holiday but I wasn’t able to find any in the local stores that I liked, so I decided to create some! Here’s the full tutorial on how I made these beautiful Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings.
Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings
- Wooden napkin rings from hobby store
- Pearl metallic paint
- Leaf shaped object to make mold
- EasyMold Silicone Putty
- FastCast Urethane Casting Resin
- Vinyl Gloves
- Disposable Measuring cups
- Wooden Stir Sticks
Create the Leaf Mold:
The first thing you want to do is create your leaf-shaped mold. EasyMold Silicone Putty is an easy product to use. Put on your gloves.
Take an equal amount of Part A and B and knead them together. The easiest way to do that is to roll part A into a ball and match it with another of part B.
Knead them together thoroughly until they are completely blended into a solid purple color with no streaks. This product only has about three minutes of working time so knead quickly.
You don’t have long to work with this putty, so once your putty is mixed, roll it into a ball. Next, flatten it and press your leaf-shaped object into the putty to create the mold.
Let the putty cure. This takes about 30 minutes. Once cured, remove the leaf-shaped object and you have your mold!
Make Castings using FastCast:
Now that you have your perfect mold it’s time to create the resin leaf castings using your FastCast Urethane Casting Resin. Again, be sure you’re wearing gloves for safety.
Gather your supplies. For this part you’ll need the small measuring cups, stir sticks and FastCast.
Pour a small amount of Part A into your cup.
Next, add an equal amount of Part B.
Mix thoroughly, then pour into a second cup and mix thoroughly again with a clean stir stick. This two cup method is important to ensure everything is adequately mixed. Stir and pour quickly because there is a maximum of 2 minutes working time with this FastCast.
Pour your mixture into the Autumn Leaf mold you just made.
Let it cure for 10-15 minutes. It will turn white as it cures, and when cured it will be hardened and not sticky at all.
Remove from mold. Repeat the process for as many leaves as you need. The resin cures an ivory color, so if you want pure white or another color, you’ll need to use some paint. I opted for a coat of pearl metallic paint just to give it a little shimmer.
Next, super glue the leaves to the napkin rings. As you can see I painted those as well. I used three coats on the napkin rings to get the solid metallic sheen.
Now you’re finished! Add your cloth napkins, set up your table, and enjoy the festive Autumn Leaf Napkin Holders all season long!
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Thanks for reading!
Sheri is a Maker and DIY blogger at Hazel + Gold Designs. She is usually in the middle of multiple projects at once and finds great satisfaction and joy in creating something new. She is constantly learning new skills, putting them to the test, and sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Her favorite hobbies are crafting, painting, crocheting and basic woodworking. Her goal is to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone, learn a new skill and have the confidence to make their life a little more beautiful!