Thanksgiving Ideas

Plaster Leaf Napkin Ring and Place Card

Coat silk leaves in budget-friendly plaster of Paris to create sleek napkin rings and place cards for your Thanksgiving table.

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Tips:
This project can get messy; be sure to protect your work area with a drop cloth.
Our napkins rings came from a discount store. They were very inexpensive, but blue. Look for simple rings that will make a good backdrop to your finished leaves.
This project requires your full attention. Have your materials ready and choose a time to do it when you'll have minimal distractions.
The plaster thickens quickly and the less water/glue mixture you have to add to it, the better.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 cups plaster of Paris
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2/3 cup white school glue
  • 6 medium silk leaves
  • 6 small silk leaves
  • 6 plain napkin rings
  • self-adhesive letters
  • spray matte sealant
  • wire cutters
  • painter's tape
  • strong adhesive (such as Gorilla Glue)
  • skirt hangers or clothespins for drying
  • drop cloth or plastic sheeting
  • very fine-grit sandpaper

Coat Leaves With Glue

Mix 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of glue together. Prepare another bowl with the remaining water and glue and set aside to use as needed. Using your fingers, apply a thin coat of school glue to each side of the leaves.

Dip Leaves in Plaster

Place 2 cups of plaster in a deep container. Add one batch of water and glue mixture and mix until smooth and creamy (Image 1). Dip each large leaf fully into the wet plaster (Image 2). Gently shake off excess and clip the leaves onto a hanger with the points facing down (Image 3). Repeat for all leaves.

Sand Leaves and Paint Napkin Rings

Once leaves have fully dried, cut off any remaining wire stem. Using a very fine-grit sandpaper, smooth any imperfections or bumps, then dust off any loose plaster and spray both sides of the leaves with matte sealant. Paint napkin rings to coordinate with plaster leaves, if necessary.

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