Melted Bead Napkin Ring or Ornament

Christmas Napkin Ring

Easy, inexpensive Christmas craft….

Want to save some money? Make your own napkin rings for Christmas! Using plastic beads, make this attractive Christmas wreath for your table setting. You can use it as a napkin holder or hang on a tree for an ornament. It is so inexpensive, that you can send it home with guests as a favor and memory of your Christmas dinner.


 3 inch metal cookie or biscuit cutter.

Red and Green Plastic pony beads

Red Bow or ribbon

Glue Gun


Lay two rings of beads along the outside edge of the metal cutter. Any more will make too small a hole for your napkin. I put a few red beads here and there, leaving a place for the bow. They do need to touch each other. It doesn’t matter if they are on their side or flat.

Melted Bead Christmas Craft

Two layers of beads is all you need.

Pop into 400 degree oven for 20 minutes! It should look like this….

Melted beads.

Let cool completely. Don’t hurry!

It will pop out easily when it is cool! It won’t do any damage to your pan, either.

Melted bead napkin ring or ornament

Hot glue a bow and it’s done!

Wreath Napkin Ring from Melted Beads

Inexpensive, beautiful napkin ring for your Christmas table!

Be sure to let me know how your project turned out. Change the colors and use it anytime.  For spring, make it a flower shape by using  a flower cookie cutter.

I got the inspiration for this napkin ring through a variety of melted bead posts.

Have a wonderful Christmas! Remember the reason for the season!

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Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft or Favor

Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft or Favor

This Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft or Favor makes a cute addition to your Thanksgiving table. Fill with candy and nuts and set at each place.

 Even if you have lots of guests, this doesn’t take long to put together!

Make from either construction paper, felt or craft foam.  I used a combination. If you use a Pilgrim hat, use construction paper for the head as the hat is too heavy for the felt.

Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft Directions:

Cut the toilet paper roll 2 1/4″ in length.

Wrap brown construction paper or craft foam around the tube and glue. (glue gun works better with foam)

The head measures 2 1/2″ in height and about 1 ” wide.

The feathers are 2 1/4 ” lengths cut into a pointed oval.

Glue all pieces together. Tacky glue works for this.

Add details.

Insert a paper nut cup and fill with candy and nuts.

I used craft felt for the details on this turkey!

My inspiration came from the Christmas Critters on


Fill with candies and nuts!

This craft fits perfectly with the “Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder” post and the “ Kids’ Thanksgiving Place Setting” post. Be sure to check them out, too! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Turkey Toilet Paper Roll Craft or Favor

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Angel Ornament


Angel Ornament for kids to make!

Use as an ornament or place-card for the table!

What a darling memory ornament to have each child make or use as a place-card for the table.


Picture of child ( you can print this out from your computer on regular paper and enlarge as needed)

coffee filters

(for smaller ornament use 1-4 cup coffee filters and 6 inch doilies –  regular filters use 8 inch doilies)

doilies 6 or 8 inch diameter depending on size of coffee filter

tacky glue


glitter, glitter paint or glitter glue

tag board or used file folder

pipe cleaners, if desired



Fold coffee filter into thirds

Fold doily in half

Staple the doily to the coffee filter.

Glue picture to a piece of cardboard  (or use an old file folder) and cut out together.

Glue head to the angel body.

Add glitter ( I used glitter paint which doesn’t leave glitter all around), bow, halo (I used a small garland section),  and ornament hangar.

Use these ornaments to show each person’s place at the table and afterwards hang on the tree.

This is simple enough for kids to make their own.

Just cut their pictures out and let them assemble the rest.

The arms are not necessary if kids put them together!

My granddaughter used glitter glue on this ornament.

If you don’t have pictures to use, just use an oval and add some hair and let the kids make the face.

They still turn out cute.

If using as a place-card, cut  1-2 inches off a toilet roll and fit the angel around it to make it stand.

Be sure to date the back of the ornament.

Remember the real reason for Christmas!










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No-Bake Reindeer Cookie

No-Bake Reindeer Cookie

Easiest no-bake cookie for kids to decorate!

No-Bake Reindeer Cookie

You will need:

Graham Crackers

Serrated Knife

Red M&M, cherry chip, or red-hot (nose)

Chocolate Chips or M&M’s (eyes)

Pretzels (antlers)

Frosting (vanilla or chocolate)  or Nutella

Cut a graham cracker diagonally with a serrated knife using very light pressure. Use broken pieces for a graham cracker crust later.

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No-bake Reindeer Cookie

Let them choose which frosting they like better. Mix a little peanut butter into the Nutella, if you wish!

No-bake Reindeer Cookie

Let them decorate! Using the back of a spoon made it easier for kids to spread the frosting.

No-bake Reindeer Cookie


I found reindeer antlers at the Dollar Tree and they wore them while decorating Rudolph. I also applied a little red acrylic paint on their noses after they ate their cookie! They thought it was so fun! Makes for a cute picture.

No-Bake Reindeer Cookie

Is it my imagination or are the graham crackers getting smaller?

Have fun and make memories!



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