In Nonna Tell Me a Story by Lidia Bastianich, Lidia teaches her grandchildren all about Christmas in Italy. She recounts Christmas preparations she would partake in as a child, and passes down memories as well as recipes to her grandchildren as they prepare for the holidays in current time America. You can enjoy this story with your own grandchildren, and then give some of these fun and frugal crafts a try. They can help you dive into the text a little further, as well as create a fun after text activity to enjoy. Here is how you can get started!
Lidia recounts using what they had on hand to create homemade holiday décor. Take a peek at how you can use wine corks, a little paint, and some glue to make some fun and frugal napkin rings.
- Wine Corks
- Sharp Knife
- Hot Glue, Glue Gun
- Green Craft Paint, Small Brush
- Red Ribbon
- Begin by taking the knife and cutting the corks into small, thin discs. You will be able to get about 3-4 discs from each cork.
- Place the corks into a circle shape. Once the circle is formed, add some hot glue between the discs to help join them. Press together until dry and secure.
- Once the corks are dry, go ahead and add your paint. Use a small brush or your finger to dab on the green craft paint as we did.
- Finish the napkin ring by adding a tiny bow. Just cut a length of ribbon, make a bow, trim, and attach with glue.
Roll up a napkin and slide it through the napkin ring. You are now ready to lay it on your place setting. As you can see, they add lots of holiday charm! Gather your supplies and give these wine cork napkin rings a try! They are a great way to enjoy the text a little more.