This Thanksgiving, I chose to make a very eco-friendly, upcycled, and natural table setting using things I found around my house.
It’s all about simplicity.
First, I made these recycled napkin rings.
To make your own, you’ll need:
Toilet paper tubes and empty egg cartons.
I also used watercolor paints and hot glue along with yarn, popcorn kernels, and acorns. But feel free to use what you have!
I started by cutting the toilet paper tubes in half and tearing up the cups (roughly in half) of the egg carton.
Then I painted them. If you have children, this is where they can help out!
Allow them to dry completely. I just put them into the top flat part of the egg carton, so they didn’t get paint all over.
Next, take two halves and hot glue them together. Then keep adding a piece at a time until you have a flower.
Hot glue popcorn kernels and acorns inside the flower.
I wrapped and hot glued orange yarn (that I got for free) around the toilet paper tubes. You can use any string you have, or none at all. They do look pretty great on their own, too.
Glue flower to the tube.
Insert a cloth napkin and you’re done!
I also left some without flowers for the men folk.
For the rest of the table, I gathered rose-hips and leaves, acorns, and even a dried wooden round that was in the firewood pile.
Whole cranberries in bowls add a sweet touch. I also whipped up a very simple tie garland using scraps of fabric that I had tied to a long piece of twine.
I had a few squash that I thought were really beautiful, so I added them to the mix!
I chose to just have a lovely crocheted runner instead of a tablecloth. And leaves instead of place mats. I really wanted to show off the table I made (see? if you don’t have a large wooden table, you could always make one!) and showcase the food that will be there on Thanksgiving day. Two of my favorite parts!
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.
How do you decorate for Thanksgiving??