Nov 10 2009

Thanksgiving Napkin Holder, Tutorial and Blog Candy


Hi, welcome back to day three of my JustRite Autumn Blessings Thanksgiving Ensemble.  Today I’m featuring a napkin holder.  If you’d like to make this napkin holder using the open passe-partout stencil that I sell in my store,  A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique, see the tutorial below.   The napkin holder is easy to make and packs a big “wow” factor!   I usually set my formal dining room table a week in advance to get in the holiday spirit and Thanksgiving is no exception.  When using the Wizard by Spellbinders, embossing is a snap, my table will be ready in plenty of time!  The stencils in my store can also be embossed in the Cuttlebug.  

Blog candy is being given away today as well.  I’m giving away another stencil and a JustRite monogram set.  To be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you like most about Thanksgiving.  You have until Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to leave a comment.  The winner will be announced at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  The winner will be chosen by  Good luck ladies!  Shopping links are provided at the bottom of this post.

If you missed Monday’s post featuring the wall hanging and tutorial, click here to view it.  Yesterday I posted a beautiful place card that can be viewed here.  Blog candy is still available on that post.  If you haven’t left a comment, be sure to take a peak and leave one, you have until this Sunday.

If you have any problems understanding the tutorial, please write to me with your questions.  If I don’t get back to you within a day or so, please be patient, as I’m writing these tutorials on a daily basis.  They are quite lengthy and take a lot of time.  Thank you for understanding.


This picture illustrates the beauty of May Arts silk ribbon available at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I ironed the ribbon before making the bow and then did a little touch up on the tails.  It takes less than a yard of ribbon for the bow and tails, much less if you prefer shorter tails. To make a beautiful bow I advise using the Bow Easy, it’s a no-fail way to make bows that look like they were professionally made.


I provided this picture so that you can see the back side of the napkin holder.  The leaves and berries were purchased at Michael’s, they’re inexpensive and the rich colors accentuate the paper toled cornstalk. 


A close up of the cornstalk mounted on the napkin holder with foam pads.  Using the Triple Glaze gives the cornstalk the appearance of fine china.

Napkin Holder Tutorial:


Cut two pieces of embossing paper larger than the stencil.  The stencil measures 3 1/4″w x 5″h.


Using the EH1819 Open passe-partout stencil, emboss both pieces of embossing paper by running through a Wizard, Cuttlebug, or by hand.  To keep your stencil from slipping, tape it down using Scotch Removable Tape.  If any sticky residue is left on the embossing paper, use an adhesive remover to gently remove the residue. 


Place your stencil overal the embossed panels and lightly trace lines as shown above using a .5 mechanical pencil.  Note that the tracing lines are different on each panel.


Using a craft knife and a cutting mat, cut your traced lines.  Gently erase any left over pencil markings.  Using an 18 Kt. Gold Krylon pen, trace around the edges of the cut piece that looks a bit like a diamond.


Another variation or way to cut the panel is to leave the side embossed flower petals on the sides.  It’s so pretty with them left on, I think I’ll leave them for the rest of my napkin holders.


Cut a strip of embossing paper 2″ x 6,” cut a strip of olive paper 1 1/2″ x 6,” and cut another strip of embossing paper 1 1/4″ x 6.”  Trace along the outer edges with an 18 Kt. Gold Krylon pen.


Using adhesive, adhere the three panels as shown above. 


Once the adhesive is dry, form a circle overlapping the ends and adhere.  If you’re using liquid adhesive, you’ll have to hold the ends together for a few minutes.  I do not recommend using a tape adhesive if you live in a humid environment like Florida.  The paper is thick after adhering the three layers, tape adhesive will not hold up well in the humidity.  I find Zip Dry to hold wonderfully.  Tip:  To form the circle I wrapped the paper around a brayer to gently bend it, then I adhered the ends.


Using foam tabs I adhered the diamond shaped panel onto the embossed panel and then adhered that to the circle holder.


Another variation and the one I used here was to adhere leaves and berry stems to the embossed panel.  Once that was dry, I then adhered the napkin holder on top of the stems, sandwiching them in between the paper.  I used Zip Dry for the adhesive.  As you can see, it dried hard and clear.  It almost looks like the glue from a hot glue gun, except it’s clear, not opaque.


Adhere the bow, pearls, and the cornstalk to the napkin holder.  I used foam pads to adhere the cornstalk.  For instructions on making the paper toled cornstalk click here and scroll down to the tutorial.


A beautiful napkin holder for your Thanksgiving table.  Insert a rolled/folded napkin and it’s ready for your gorgeous Thanksgiving table.  A beautiful keepsake that your guests will treasure. 


JustRite:   Autumn Blessings Centers and Borders

A Touch of GraceEH1819 Open Passe-Partout stencil; Pergakit Silicon Adhesive, Joy Craft Pearls, Joy Foam Pads, 18 Kt. Gold Krylon Pen, Zip Dry Adhesive, Carnation White embossing paper, Cream embossing paper, Scotch Removable Tape

Stamp Simply Ribbon StoreMay Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy


Stamps:  Autumn Blessings Centers and Borders (JustRite)

Paper:  Carnation White embossing paper, Cream embossing paper, Old Olive cardstock

Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Genesis Paper Trimmer, Wizard, Scotch Removable Tape, Zip Dry Adhesive, Joy Foam Pads, Joy Craft Pearls, craft knife, PergaKit Silicon Adhesive, Triple Thick glaze, cutting mat, large ball stylus, graph paper, May Arts silk ribbons, wooden skewer, adhesive remover, white linen table napkin, leaves and berries (Michael’s)

Thank you for stopping by.  Please come back tomorrow for day four of the Thanksgiving Table Decor designs.  The final design, a menu, will be featured.


66 responses so far

66 Responses to “Thanksgiving Napkin Holder, Tutorial and Blog Candy”

  1. Phyllis Freese says:

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the opportunity for family and friends to gather together and enjoy each others company. Everyone is so busy these days that it makes it special when everyone can come together and share good food, good times, and good memories.

  2. Pam Clay says:

    I am constantly amazed by your detailing! I would have never thought about the cornstarch idea. What I like most about Thanksgiving…is it brings my family together for the first time in a long time. It also kickstarts my holiday frame of mind-decorating, shopping- preparing me for Christmas. But really, I love the colors and smells of a Thanksgiving table and am thankful for all that God has blessed me with!

  3. Laurie in MN says:

    I love when family can visit for Thanksgiving.

  4. This has got to be one of the most beautiful napkin holders I’ve ever seen!! Absolute perfection, Jerri!

    (Please don’t enter me in the drawing. I just wanted to comment on your gorgeous creations.)

  5. Joan Fricker says:

    Oh Jerri what a stunning table you are going to have on Thanksgiving. Each piece you have created is just amazing and gorgeous. Thanks for taking the time for the tutorials.


  6. Kittie says:

    Jerri, I have enjoued seeing each one of these tutorials. I can only imagine how lovely your menu will be.

  7. renee logan says:

    your work takes my breath away it is so beautiful! Your turotial are information and make it look like a doable project. thanks so much for sharing your art!

  8. Pam P says:

    Your work is amazing, I am curious as to how you get the gold on the edges so even and straight. What a beautiful table you will have! I enjoy Thanksgiving mainly because of family getting together. We all live such a busy life and Thanksgiving is a chance to chill out, relax and enjoy family.

  9. I love your work! Elegant, beautiful are some words I feel describe your work. Love the tutorials and helps me to be able to do some of the things you have done here. Very understandable directions. Thank you so much.

    I love the holidays, Thanksgiving is special to me as we have family over we only get to see at this time of year!

  10. Missy Smith says:

    That is so pretty! What a nice gift that would make!
    What I love about Thanksgiving is it brings my family together again! Some of my family is out of state and they all come in at Mom’s & Dad’s house! This year my brother has moved out of state so it will be really nice to see him again! I also love the colors of Fall and all the changes that Fall brings! It also reminds me of all the things that God has blessed me with in my life!

  11. ValerieC says:

    Amazing as always! I think Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite time of year. I like being with everyone. Secretly, we spend it with his family so I don’t have to cook a whole meal just a dish, I love that! Plus taking the time to remember what we have to be thankful for.

  12. Abby says:

    Your attention to detail blows me away! I’ve never ever scene anything more beautiful. My favorite Thanksgiving memory is when I hosted my first Thanksgiving in my new home. I knew nothing about cooking a turkey or setting a table so I used magazines for help and it turned out perfect! Thanks for the chance….


  13. Denise says:

    Beautiful! Your attention to detail is awesome!

  14. Cathy says:

    Jerri, I love how you layered those napkin rings! The design and use of the stencil is stunning! We’re going to a friend’s for Thanksgiving but I just might have to make something for her table to take along…. you’ve so inspired me!

  15. Connie Watson says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! It is almost too pretty to mess it up by sitting at the table to EAT!!

  16. Sheri says:

    Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday. No pressure to buy gifts or hide eggs. Just a great meal with lots of family and the chance to catch up on visiting the whole day long. I can’t wait.

    Your tutorial was wonderful!

  17. Elaine says:

    Lovely napkin holder! I like the gold edging!

  18. Lori M says:

    Jerri, Family is what I like most about Thanksgiving. I grew up with ten . . . yes ten siblings and although sometimes back then I wish I was an only child, now a days I think how lost I be without them. Now with all their own families, I would have to start a year in advance to set a table a beautiful as yours . . . hmmm!

  19. Tracy says:

    Another beautiful project. I’d have to say my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the meal time. It’s not about the food (although that’s good too) but it’s about being around the table with your family. Once again, beautiful work.

  20. Pinky says:

    Jerri, another stunning project for your Thanksgiving table…simply gorgeous, gf!

  21. Jill Haddad says:

    These will make such a GORGEOUS table for your Thanksgiving Dinner. I hope you will post a photo of the table when it’s filled with all the beautiful decorations you are making. I can’t imagine making a table full of these napkins rings knowing that some people willl just rip them apart – they are works of art!!!!

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving: Family, Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie – in that order.

  22. Marilynn says:

    Jerri, just found your Thanksgiving table projects through SCS. To say I am impressed is a complete understatement!! All six of our children, spouses and grandchildren (4) and great grand child (1) will be at dinner. How could this not be my favorite time?!

  23. Nimue says:

    This is such a great week. It’s lovely coming to see what wonderful work you’ve done – again. What I love most about Thanksgiving – looking around the bountiful table and seeing my loved ones healthy and happy enjoying each other. I love being overcome each and every year by how much I have to be thankful for. Thanks Jerri for your constant inspiration – Nimmy.

  24. Evie says:

    Jerri, can you use the Big Shot with your stencils? I have both the Cuttlebug and Big Shot but sure don’t want to ruin the stencil. Thanks….I am totalling going to copy your table….I can’t wait to see my family’s faces when they first see the table!!!!!!!


  25. nancyruth says:

    GASP! these are stunning Jerri Kay! What attention to detail and amazing talent you posess. Wonderful wonderful projects, thanks so much for the inspiration.

  26. Sandi Doemel says:

    What I like most about Thanksgiving. I come from a family of ten and Thanksgiving and ever holiday was a big production with lots of excitement. We were always home for any holiday, but Thanksgiving gave us the opportunity to says Thanks not only to God, but to our brothers, sisters, and of course our parents. Both my parents have pasted, but I have so many fond memories of family being together, laughing and joking and we always choose names for the Christmas exchange.

  27. Lenoria says:

    The most wonderful thing about Thanksgiving to me is being with my family and just having so much fun enjoying each other’s company and all the laughter and memories from my childhood up to now!

  28. Velta says:

    Another perfect tutorial Jerri!!! Just looking at all you have done for your table during the Thanksgiving Holidays wants me to do the same…although it would probably take me a year to make these wonderful creations…However, I will never say never… My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is My Lord and Savior. He has given me and my family blessings beyond and above. I am not talking about material things…I am talking about love, hope, charity, and mostly faith in Him. Without our faith, we would be lost souls. On a lighter side, I love the togetherness that my family brings. I believe it pleases Him.

  29. Gale says:

    My favorite part of Thanksgiving after turkey is being thankful for the Thanksgiving season the leads us to the Christmas season and Our Savior’s Birth. So much to be thankful for…Freedom, Faith, Friends and of course Stamping. You napkin holders are just awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Jane Elliott says:

    I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner. My daughter works for Disney and often has several friends and people that she works with that can’t get home for the Holidays, so we invite them here. Everyone usually brings something and we have a grand time telling what we were thankful for and discussing the traditions from their home area. Last year we had seven….I called them Chrissy and the Seven Orphans! I recommend it to everyone, open up your table to a co-worker, friend or someone from your church to share a meal with someone that might be alone for the Holidays.

  31. Sue says:

    Your creativity is absolutely astounding! You product the most beautiful things. We have already had our Thanksgiving here. I love the special smell in the air and how the days are so beautiful and the nights beginning to get a little crispy. It’s a special time to gather family and friends around you and be thankful.

  32. Sonya Appel says:

    Hi Jerri, You beautiful set will make family and friends feel so special and loved! That is what I like about Thanksgiving, having our family together and thanking God for them!

  33. Beth Norman says:

    Thud! Another amazing post.

  34. Louise from MN says:

    Jerri ~ absolutely beautiful! I’m so thankful you share your talents! Thanksgiving, for me, is a time of remembering … looking back and reminiscing about past gatherings of family and friends … sometimes it’s a bit bittersweet, missing those who have died … but still sharing joy in those special memories.

  35. Shawna says:

    Fabulous project Jerri! Just stunning! I am saving up to get those passe-partout dies!
    Thanksgiving is that special time when all of the family can get together. I have such precious memories of all those times. The one thing that stands out, though, is my youngest son’s “Roll Man” —— he always makes some goofy looking character out of a bread roll and uses various food items for the facial features. It’s hysterical.

  36. Dani C. says:

    Another elegant project! So beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial, they are so helpful!

    What I love about Thanksgiving? I love making special dishes that I know my family will enjoy. I love dressing up and eating a meal with my family around me. I love watching the parade with the kids and later football with the grown ups.

  37. Sherron says:

    I am just learning, and I really don’t know if I will be able to use a knife to cut so well..but I am going to try. Your work is so lovely, and I am so new to the world of paper art..most times I just give up. some how or another I have an extra wind, and now I want to learn how to do this, I’m 70 and just in kindergarden all over again. Enter me in your draw, I believe you fathers name is Jerry..I look forward to the next posting.

  38. diane mcvey says:

    You are just killing me with these beautiful creations!!! You MUST take a picture of your table on Thanksgiving, with all the wonderfully crafted things you have made! What a picture that is going to be!
    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; partly because there’s no worries of buying “the perfect gift”, and also because it’s all about the blessings we have. Even though all my boys can’t be here, it’s still a nice gathering. Someday I hope they can all be here for it so that it will be totally complete!

  39. Oh my word! No one would want to touch that napkin in that beautiful holder!!! They’ll end up taking your napkins home, too!!! LOL!!!! You undoubtedly have the MOST gorgeous tables anywhere!!! Your work is outstanding and beyond compare — truly!!! Absolutely lovely – the entire emsemble!!! And thank you again for these time consuming tutorials – much appreciated!!!

  40. Dawn Moss says:

    Gorgeous…you are so creative. That Thanksgiving table is sure going to be the prettiest around. I wish I could be there to see it once all the food was added too. I’m sure it would be a setting beautiful enough to be in any home magazine.

  41. Sharon L says:

    I love having friends and family together. These beauties you are sharing with us will “dress up” the day. Between dinner and serving dessert each tells what we have been thankful for this year.
    BTW, I’m thinking this ensenble would be beautiful for Christmas too.
    Sharon L

  42. Sandra says:

    thank you so much for all the tips! This wonderful!

  43. Thelma says:

    It always makes my day when I see “Touch of Grace” in my email! i know I’m in for a treat. I love these napkin holders but what a lot of work Jerri. I’m sure everyone appreciates them. I, too, thought something like that would be good for Christmas.

  44. Elaine Allen says:

    Jerri –

    Your work always takes my breath away. It is always so very elegant and worthy of being called family heirlooms. Family, that is what I love about Thanksgiving. Getting together with loved ones, talking and sharing memories of past Thanksgivings and family members no longer with us. Trotting out those old family photos, laughing and crying as we go through them. Enjoying traditional family recipes and creating new ones to talk about in the coming years. It is always fun to see if other family members remember things as we do.

    Elaine Allen

  45. Robin McK says:

    Your tutorials are amazing! I love how detailed your projects are!
    My fav thing about Thanksgiving is having the family together for a nice home-coked meal!

  46. Karen says:

    What another amazing tutorial! I cannot believe the detail you manage to create each time. Truly inspiring! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the gathering of family and friends to celebrate being together another year, as well as sharing a fabulous meal. It’s my favorite time to cook pumpkin pie!

  47. Carolyn S says:

    Jerri, this is beautiful, as was yesterday’s tutorial. What a beautiful table setting this will make. I love Thanksgiving. I love that it is a time set aside to be thankful for all the blessings in our life, as we often forget to do. It is a time spent with family and friends to relax, and reconnect. It is probably my favorite holiday. No pressures, no presents, just being together.

    Thanks for all you do to inspire us.

  48. Marian Berggren says:

    I love your work! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with the rest of us!
    Thanksgiving is a special holiday for my mom and myself. The rest of the family is not able to be with us because of work, so mom and I have some special time together.

  49. Ad K. says:

    I have always loved Thanksgiving…it’s my favorite holiday! What a time it is to enjoy the beauty of the season and to recount the blessings you have received over the past year. It is a day to spend with family over a nice meal and to share many memories and the dreams for the future. Let’s not forget to give thanks for all we have.

  50. Barbie says:

    Your Thansgiving table is going to so beautiful, I just might have to join you so I can have a beautiful place card and napkin holder! You are so creative, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  51. Karen says:

    Spending time with my children & grandchildren

  52. barbara says:

    Beautiful work Jerri. Thanksgiving is such a nice holiday and its gets skipped over somewhat in the hurriedness of Christmas preparations. Its a special holiday to designed to remind all to give thanks for the bounty we have. So many in this world live without

  53. Teresa says:

    I don’t see how anyone could even attempt to use your beautiful settings at the table. I would have to take it home for framing. Beautiful! My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is being with family.

  54. Jessica says:

    Another gorgeous project! My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is getting together with family members whom I hardly ever get to see.

  55. Melanie says:

    Oh my gosh what a beautiful package and what fun this last three days have been, thank you so very much for sharing your treats and treasures!! One day I hope to “upload” my projects and share with you what you have taught me to do.

    Thanksgiving to my family is a time where we are all gathered together to enjoy our family meal but our main point is to give thanks for everything. We all take turns going around the kitchen table and we all share our thanks, prayers, and dreams with one another. We then gather food and take it to our local food bank and share our thanks with others.

    Thank you again Jerri, another happy moment shared!!

  56. Jill Crossfield says:

    I like the fact that another year is going out in a blaze of glory with it beautiful colors, tangy smells and wonderful foods that seems right only at this time of year. My family is a “fall” loving family and we make special efforts to be together for that day. You are a wonderful inspiration. Thanks! I’m one of the many impatient folks out here waiting for you to teach classes!

  57. Lynne Phelps says:

    These are just gorgeous. Your table is going to be a thing of glory! I would be afraid to use the napkin holders, for fear I would rip something when putting the napking in or pulling it out!

    This has been so much work for you! I was wondering, what will you do with all this exquisite work AFTER Thanksgiving? Would you use it again the following year? It is so wonderful and such a lot of work it seems like it should all be enshrined in a glass case or something, LOL!

    Thanks again for, on top of the significant time it takes to create these items, all the EXTRA time you have added into the process by photographing every step for the tutorials!

  58. Karen W says:

    Everytime I see your blog update come through I’m excited because I know that it will be something awesome!!!

  59. Darlene says:

    Oh wow! This napkin holder is gorgeous. I love the layers of the corn stalks and that glossy finish is spectacular.
    We’ve had our Thanksgiving here in Canada and again, it was wonderful family time – I love that we can all be together sharing in thanks for all the amazing things God has allowed us to have and be a part of.
    Thank you for the time to share your wonderful talent with us.

  60. Sherry says:

    This card is absolutely gorgeous…It’s the kind of card anyone would be happy to receive. Thanks for sharing the details with us.

  61. Peggy Sue says:

    First, thank you for the inspiration you have given by your beautiful victorian Thanksgiving table setting. It is just fabulous! All of your creations are just from above (very heavenly). What I like most about Thanksgiving is that it is a day that we can spend with family and really take the time to be thankful for all that God has done for us. Many holidays are very busy and it is nice to take the time to be Thankful.
    I believe you live in Tampa. Do you give classes anywhere local? I am in Riverview.
    God bless.

  62. Lee says:

    WOW! Gorgeous stuff…glad a lady on the Stampscapes group gave us your link! My all-time number one favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the leftovers! I’m usually not a big leftover person except for the turkey & all the other goodies. I’m very blessed to have my family around all of the time, or I would have claimed them. LOL

  63. Linda C. says:

    STUNNING! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is when we draw names of those who are there & tell why we are thankful for them.

  64. Chris K says:

    What a fantastic gift these will make for my sister-in-laws Thanksgiving table. Thanks for your inspiration.

  65. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your beauty!

  66. Rose Ann says:

    Your napkin rings are STUNNING!! I love every fine detail, Jerri!!

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