I like crafts that look good, but are easy and inexpensive to do. I think this one fits the bill. Family gatherings are coming up and this quick decoration is one that everyone can make. Get the kids to help. This is also a great craft to do with a large group of crafters.
Basically, you glue clay saucers together. This one has two small saucers, one inverted, glued on top of a larger saucer, also inverted. You can use tacky glue to glue them together. It works well on the porous terra cotta.
Then, you paint them with acrylic paint. Paint the inside or the edges in different colors if you like.
Then, tie strands of raffia, twine or fuzzy yarn around the center and tie them in a bow. I also added a bead or two to the ends of the strands and wrapped wire around the center and added beads. Curl up the ends of the wire to hold the beads in place.
Make one for each person's table setting or put a row down the center of the table. Make them up in different sizes. And, don't make them just for fall festivities or upcoming holidays, they look great out on the patio or deck in the summer.