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Leaf and Twine Turkey Napkin Rings

Turkey Napkins

This is the first time I’m actually in charge of Thanksgiving! We’ve always visited family or gone to a friend’s house, but we decided 2015 was the year we would strike out on our own. I’m excited and a little bit nervous – it’s a big responsibility!

Anyway, one way I’m coping is to make sure that my house is cute. I wanted some fun napkin rings, but didn’t see anything I liked. Then, Pinterest came through with this tutorial for how to make a leaf turkey. I tweaked the original, glued my turkey to a paper towel tube napkin ring, and voila! Turkey napkin rings that literally cost me nothing. Hard to beat that 🙂

  • Materials

  • twine, jute, or yarn
  • hot glue
  • fake autumn leaves
  • scissors


I started by crocheting the turkey’s body. Don’t get scared if you’re not a crocheter. You can print out this turkey body template, then cut a turkey out of cardboard and wrap it in twine. 

However, it’s really easy to crochet the body. This literally took me about 5 minutes and I was inventing it as I went. Here’s the pattern:

  • Twine Turkey Pattern

  • Ch. 5
  • R1: skip first ch, sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn
  • R2: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn
  • R3: Sc in first 2 sc, dec next 2 sc, ch 1, turn
  • R4: sc in 1st sc, dec next 2 sec, ch 1, turn
  • R5: sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc, ch 1, turn
  • R6: sc in first 2 sc, in next sc, ch 1, turn
  • R7: sc in each sc across. Finish off.

Once you’ve got your body made, choose a few fake leaves. I ended up needing 6 per turkey. Position your leaves to fan out behind the turkey’s body to make a tail. Hot glue the feathers in place.

turkey napkin rings

Now the feathers are glued, you can make the face. I cut a beak and a gobble-thing (what are those called?) from two other leaves, then hot glued them on.

Last step is to glue your turkey to the ring. I used leftover rings from this project, and they came out really cute 🙂 Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

tukey napkin rings

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