Trim a Thanksgiving Table with Acorn & Leaves

Regardless of the menu, any table can be a fall feast with these acorn and leaf embellishments.

What You Need

For Each Project

  • White air-drying modeling compound (We used Crayola Model Magic.)
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters: miniature oak leaf and acorn shapes
  • Crafts knife
  • Stained-glass spray: red, orange, yellow, and green

For Place Card

  • Scissors
  • White card stock
  • Fine-line marking pens: brown and dark green

For Napkin Ring

  • Unfinished wooden napkin ring
  • Thick white crafts glue

For Stemware Trim

  • Glass stemware
  • 1/16-inch-diameter circle punch
  • Natural raffia

For Candleholder

  • Clear glass ivy bowl
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Natural raffia
  • Votive candle

How to Make It

Make the Shapes

  1. Roll out the modeling compound with a rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Turn the compound regularly to keep it from sticking to the pin and rolling surface.
  2. Use cookie cutters to cut leaves and acorns. Use the crafts knife to create veins in the leaves and crosshatch details on the acorn caps.
  3. If making napkin rings, refer to Napkin Ring instructions. Otherwise, proceed as follows: Lightly spray-paint the shapes, layering colors for a variegated effect. You can spray colors over each other while wet. Spray the backs of shapes that will be used for place cards and stemware trims. Let dry.

Embellish the Objects Place Card

  1. Cut a 3-3/4-x-5-inch rectangle from card stock.
  2. Draw a double-line border around the perimeter, using the brown marking pen on the outside and the dark green pen on the inside.
  3. Fold the shape in half.
  4. Write the guest's name, leaving room for the acorn and leaf trims.
  5. Glue the finished shapes in place.

Napkin Ring

  1. Use crafts glue to secure the veined leaves in two rows around a wooden napkin ring while the modeling compound is still flexible.
  2. Overlap the leaves, varying the directions and angles. Let some leaves extend over the edges of the ring.
  3. Allow the shapes to dry.
  4. Lightly spray the leaves and the ring, inside and out, referring to the painting instructions in Make the Shapes.

Stemware Trim

  1. Punch a circle at the top of an acorn and a leaf.
  2. Thread the shapes on a 10-inch length of raffia, and tie to the stem of the glass.


  1. Use stained-glass spray to spray the ivy bowl yellow at top, then finish with orange, following manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Spray one color on top of the other while still wet to blend the colors.
  3. When dry, hot-glue the acorns and leaves around the neck, then let them spill into a second row. Overlap the shapes, varying the angles.
  4. Tie raffia around the neck.
  5. Set a votive candle inside the bowl.


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