How to Make Elegant Stenciled Napkins

Classic white napkins can easily be dressed up for special holidays with a stencil and washable fabric paint. The creative options and themes are limitless.
How to Make Elegant Stenciled Napkins

How to Make Elegant Stenciled Napkins

Materials Needed:

  • iron and ironing board
  • white cotton or linen napkins
  • acrylic craft paint in desired color(s)
  • fabric medium
  • stencil bottle with foam brush top
  • stencil
  • masking tape (optional)

Wash and Press Napkins

Follow cleaning instructions on napkins. Wash, dry and iron smooth.

Position Stencil

Place stencil in desired location on napkin and hold firmly or tape in place. Tip: Choose a stencil that is sized appropriately for the napkin so the design will be visible when the napkin is folded.

Position Stencil

Position Stencil

Paint Stencil

Mix acrylic craft paint and fabric medium in bottle with foam brush top following manufacturer's instructions for mix ratio. Screw on top. Press down on foam brush gently until paint comes out. Pounce brush gently over stencil to fully fill in design. Do not use too much paint or it will bleed under stencil.

Paint Stencil

Paint Stencil

Remove Stencil

Lift stencil straight off of napkin, so painted design doesn't smear. Allow paint to dry. Launder according to manufacturer's instructions. Tip: Add ribbon trim, rickrack or buttons for additional customization.

Remove Stencil

Remove Stencil

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