Thanksgiving Table


Make these easy autumn leaf decorations for your Thanksgiving table. There are 4 different leaf patterns to create napkin rings, place cards, mug ties, and more.
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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 111
  • Orange - 115
  • Yellow - 44
  • Cheddar - 181
  • Dark Green - 8
  • Light Brown - 75
  • Brown - 53

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Matching chenille stems
  • Matching cardstock
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Step 2

Download the PDF for the Thanksgiving Table Project Pattern. You will use the small hexagon pegboard for your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5
Step 5

ASSEMBLY: To make napkin rings or mug ties, carefully thread a chenille stem through the holes of the beads, wrap the ends around the napkin or mug handle, then twist closed. Add some decorative curls by wrapping the ends around a pencil.

Step 6
Step 6

To make placecard holders, insert the acorn and leaf pieces into the stand as shown. On the cardstock, write the name, trim to the desired size, and slip between the leaf and acorn.

Step 7

You can also use the leaves as a knife or spoon rest, or extra loose decorations for the table.

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