DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

It’s my favorite time of year. It’s Dare to DIY time! Bonus I get to participate this year because I’m no longer homeless. Double win because Katja is a host! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

We are hosting Thanksgiving for both families at our casa this year, so no pressure or anything. I wanted to add a little DIY to the table because let’s be honest I will in no way be responsible for the makings of anything edible for the festivities. Thus my Thanksgiving contribution…drumroll… DIY wishbone napkin rings.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

Let’s keep with the Thanksgiving theme and call my napkin rings a 3 ingredient DIY – Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay, gold craft wire, and Martha Stewart gold paint.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

1. Roll out a piece of clay to about 6 inches.
2. Fold it in half and pinch the top of the wishbone flat.
3. Bow out the sides and even them out. Pinch the ends flat.

Make sure to round out the edges and smooth out the clay gently with your fingers.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

Last step is poke holes at the bottom to string the craft wire through. I used a toothpick.

*Sidenote: Our marble is not stained. It has some gold undertones and is still as sexy as the day she was installed.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

You’ll have a bunch of creepy looking leg things that are in fact soon-to-be beautiful napkin rings. Bake according to your clay’s instructions. Mine was 275° for 15 minutes per 1/4″ thickness which for this project was just 15 minutes. When I pulled them out, they were a little flexible. I let them cool for 10 minutes, and they hardened up nicely.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

I painted them gold, but you could go crazy with a pop of color. I took the craft wire and thread it through my pre poked holes (glad I remembered to do that before I baked them). I just twisted it to secure it. I mean they just have to hold napkins. The wire is super flexible, so it’s pretty forgiving. You could use jute string too. I think the wire blends better and is easier to thread through your wishbone.

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

I can’t think of Thanksgiving without thinking about the yearly challenge I have with my dad over the turkey’s wishbone. Not that I’m keeping score or anything, but let’s just say I’m not a lucky person (and my dad likes to cheat). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, whoever breaks off the larger piece of the wishbone gets their wish granted (read more here).

DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings

This is an incredibly easy DIY. I love that it feels very Thanksgiving without being traditional. Also I can officially say I did bake something for Thanksgiving.

give Thanks

My first Dare to DIY was 2 years ago with our instagram give THANKS install.

Make sure to check out all the BE THANKFUL projects and soak up the holidays via the internets. Thank you Katja, Kim, Michelle, and Rachel for hosting!

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30 Responses to DIY Wishbone Napkin Rings
  1. What a great idea! I need that flatware!!!

  2. cassie says:

    oh these are SO awesome!!!! love the concept and fabulous execution!

  3. OMG you are blowing me away as per usual Amber. I want to be you when I grow up!! Could this be any more fabulous? (You are looking for the answer ‘no’ here). I love this SO much!!!

    • Amber says:

      Haha you’re sweet and crazy! I know it goes more with the “entertain” theme next week, but it’s completely Thanksgiving so I just had to! Plus the first idea I had failed… 😉

  4. Rachel says:

    Such a cool idea! I love how it turned out, and those table setting are gorgeous. Can I come to Thanksgiving at your house?

    • Amber says:

      Yes you totally can. Full disclosure you will be eating on paper plates and using paper napkins, but you will have amazing food and cool wishbone napkin rings. Still a win!

  5. This is simply awesome. As always, you knocked it out of the park. Who needs to cook? You have amazing wishbones. Rocking it.

  6. My kind of baking! I LOVE this! I’ve been working on some wishbone art for our dining room, but it’s not really going as I planned… bummer. But these turned out so great!

    • Amber says:

      Yeah as I was making them I was thinking um I don’t know about the shape. It’s exactly how I felt with Beckett’s lightening bolt drapes. They are both weird shapes and don’t look quiet right when you are making them. The finished product is awesome if you just go with it though. It looks normal once it’s done!

  7. Can I be the first to note how the gold in your marble perfectly complements these napkin rings? Happy T-day!

  8. I need some of this clay! What a versatile little medium. The wishbone is adorable. Your contribution is certainly a pretty one!

    • Amber says:

      Nick was game planning another project with clay. It really is amazing. I had never used it before this project, but it’s cheap and so versatile.

  9. I love how these turned out! Awesome idea!

  10. Whitney says:

    This is so clever! Love it. I gotta get me some molding clay now! :)

  11. I am obsessed with this!! I am 100% doing it!

  12. Dude. You can even make clay fancy. Seriously amazing work!

  13. Gretchen says:

    love these! I’m going to just explain to everyone that I won’t be able to help cook tomorrow or Thursday because I’m going to be so busy making wishbone napkin rings 😉

    • Amber says:

      Except you will be done in a few hours and have to busy yourself with something else. Seriously that easy. I mean it only takes hours because of dry time.

  14. Trisha D. says:

    Such a simple, and sweet decoration. I’ve been seeing expensive (for my cheap self) wishbones at the store, passing them up everytime. Now that I see how simple they are to make, I’ll have to whip up a few. Although who am I kidding I’ll probably buy the supplies and then let them sit for a year…

  15. Nichole S. says:

    Happy early Thanksgiving Amber and co. and of course I love the wishbone idea for a napkin holder — esp. in gold :)

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