With Thanksgiving approaching swiftly, we wanted to share a couple of napkin holder ideas that are inexpensive, easy to whip up, and sure to set the autumnal mood. Since most of us spend hours labouring over the turkey, these napkin holders are the perfect craft to do inbetween those frequent basting trips.

If you give these napkin holders a go, be sure to share them with us @demetres on Instagram 🙂

What you’ll need:

Flatlay of materials including: burlap ribbon, pompom trim, skinny silver ribbon, paint brush, wildflowers, scissors, acorns, metallic paint and kraft paper

  • Burlap ribbon
  • Trim: we used pink pompom & braided silver trim from Michaels
  • Metallic paint
  • Kraft paper
  • Foraged wildflowers
  • Paintbrush
  • Foraged acorns
  • Scissors
  • Oak leaf template (right click and save, then print to a page of 8.5″ x 11″)
  • Wire (26 gauge or higher) – optional


Rustic Florals

This option is easiest if there are some wildflowers growing close by. Pick them on the day of and keep them in water until you’re dressing the napkins. The only other materials you’ll need are some burlap, and a bit of string to tie it all together. We opted for a close-knit burlap, which means that it’s less easy to fringe or come apart. We also chose a silver trim from Michaels to add a little sparkle, but any thin string would work.

A pair of hands folding a thick burlap ribbon around a rolled up white napkin

Hand holding three stems of foraged wildflowers for rustic thanksgiving napkin holder DIY

Two hands tying braided silver ribbon around burlap and wildflowers for rustic thanksgiving napkin holders


Metallic Whimsy

For this look, you’ll need to pick up some fully formed acorns. They can be ordered online from Etsy or other merchant platforms, but usually can be found littering yards across the city around this time of year. We gave our acorns a gold coat of paint to spiff them up, but they would look just as good au natural. You can choose to draw your own set of oak leaves, but if you’re in a bit of a pinch time-wise, feel free to download our ready-made template here (for personal use only of course).

Hands painting acorns with gold metallic paint on kraft paper

Hands cutting out paper oak leaves for thanksgiving napkin holders

Two hands tying pink pompom trim strung with acorns and paper oak leaf around rolled up white napkin

The acorns and leaves were added on to the pompom trim using wire. A small hole was made in the paper and acorn caps to thread the wire through, which was then formed into a loop. Finally, these loops were threaded onto the pompom trim before being tied around the napkin. While the paper is easy to poke holes through, acorn caps are basically wood, so you will need a small drill or lots of patience with a strong needle.


GIF of one set of thanksgiving table setting with pecan pie peeking in the corner

Bon Appétit & Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

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