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Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table Naturally

Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table Naturally

Looking for a homemade touch for your Thanksgiving table? Try making napkin rings from honeysuckle vines.

Here’s how:

  1. Clip green, fresh honeysuckle vines to 12” lengths. Fresh clipped vines are pliable and easy to shape. (Clip anytime before freezing temperatures reach your area.)
  2. Pull your hand across each vine to remove the leaves.
  3. Braid three to five vines together. Shape the vines into a circle, just wide enough for a fabric napkin to fit through.
  4. Poke any exposed ends through the mini wreath to conceal.
  5. Tie a thin colorful ribbon onto each napkin ring or hot glue a tiny silk mum to each ring to bring the colors of autumn to your table. (Hot glue guns should not be handled by young children.)
  6. Repeat process until you’ve made a napkin ring for each table place setting.

The honeysuckle vine napkin rings will dry to a nice rustic brown.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.