As much as I love cooking during the holidays, I love decorating even more. This time of year, you’ll find me in the kitchen baking pies with my son and scheming decorations with my daughter. I am always looking for that inconspicuous “teachable moment” when work seems like play, and the kids are creating and learning without realizing it. Bliss!
I was in holiday prep mode when I recently attended the Country Living Fair in Atlanta to present a show called “Embellishment DIY – Trim Alchemy”. One of the DIY’s I did was a jeweled upcycled napkin rings craft using ribbons and brooches, perfect for a holiday tablescape. Here is an edited video of the Facebook Live event that Country Living Magazine posted on their Facebook page.
The day after my video went live, I got “tagged” by my friend Jessica that her daughter Charlotte had watched it and was so inspired that she created her own Jeweled Napkin Ring Collection. She posted this photo on Facebook.
I couldn’t wait to call and ask Jessica about Charlotte’s work. Although Jessica and I connected on Facebook often, we had not spoken in a long time and we had a lot to catch up on. We talked about the importance of kids crafting, how it develops fine motor skills, problem solving, imagination, and cooperation. I agreed with Jessica that we need to challenge our kids more. It takes effort to do so but the payoff is big. She observes “Kids are capable of so much more than we give them credit for, I am always amazed at what they come up with.”
Jeweled Napkin Ring Supplies:
- Paper towel rolls cut to 2” sections
- Ribbon (approx. ½ yard per ring) for wrapping
- Ribbon – small piece for attaching the jewelry (velvet works well)
- Hot glue (use with parental supervision)
- Brooches, buttons or any type of jewelry
Jessica herself is a very creative mom, raising three children while running a kids’ educational enrichment business called Fairy Tale Inc. After she posted Charlotte’s work, friends clamored to buy them. Charlotte has been busy creating more, enlisting her siblings Joe and Violette to help for a true family effort. You can find her work here at the link above.
Jessica says “I always encourage my kids to get involved in all Holiday preparations. When they make something, whether food or crafts, they take more pride and ownership in the day.”
Charlotte and Violette help set the table with the napkin rings they made.
This craft is easy yet elegant, with impact, because even the adults at the table will use these and admire the children’s creativity and accomplishment.
Whether you clear the dining table to craft or converge in the kitchen to cook this holiday, I hope you will be inspired to incorporate creative “teachable moments” and make lasting memories in the process.
If you make these please tag me, I’d love to share #TrimAlchemy