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Salt Dough Leaf Napkin Holders
Thanksgiving Homemade Napkin Holder Decoration
Your Thanksgiving table will shine with these gorgeous salt dough leaf napkin decorations.  Easy to make, these leaves can be made by your little chefs. It's a wonderful craft you and your kids can make together in the kitchen. Made from our 1995 salt dough recipe, these leaves can be made in many different fall colors to complement your tableware. 
There's nothing better than spending time with family and friends during the holidays, and this craft is a fun way to do it.  You can leave these salt dough leaves on your table all through the fall season, to make a warm and welcoming presentation. 
The best part? After your guests have eaten the last piece of pumpkin pie, they can each "leave" with a sweet gift to remember their special time together with friends and family. These can also be hung on the Christmas tree!  


  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • tin foil covered baking sheet
  • red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • leaf shaped cookie cutter
  • Ribbon, twine and/or tulle


  1. Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until hot.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
  7. Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.
  8. Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.
  9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.
  10. Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.
  11. Let cool, then attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.


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