Handmade Paper Table Setting

It's definitely holiday season, and I'm thinking about all the great family dinners that we'll be having. I wanted to create something special for our Thanksgiving table, and handmade paper is always special. Here's what I created.

I embossed a sheet of paper that I made using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit and the basic directions shown in the top navigation of this blog. I embossed this with a leaves and branches embossing folder. I was amazed how well the handmade paper embossed!! I scored the sheet into thirds to make a pocket. 

Next, I cut the bird and bird cage from other pieces of handmade paper using Sissix Caged Bird die. I assembled these pieces and used a liquid quick drying adhesive to glue them to the pocket.

For the napkin holder, I cut two slits in the bird's body, threaded a piece of ribbon through the slits, and glued the wing on top to hide the slits. I tied the ribbon with a bow on the under side of the napkin.

Can't wait to use these on my Thanksgiving table. Now I just need to get the turkey!! You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.



  1. Carole, I love what you made. I like the idea of using dies on the handmade paper. I love how you used a ribbon on your napkin rings and then covered with the wing. So cute, and birds are so popular now!

  2. Really lovely. Your embossing works beautifully. Of course the bids are adorable. Happy thanksgiving!

  3. Beautiful!! and so creative!! what a great idea!

  4. Carole, you never cease to outdo yourself! I have to use this idea for sure. The way you did the ribbon was GENIUS!!! Such a lovely project and so well done. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Carole that is just beautiful! Very Martha Stewart looking!


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