I’m a sucker for a beautifully set table, and nice napkins are part and parcel of that setup. My girlfriend Caroline and I had a crafting day a while back and experimented with some painted napkins. We wanted to create ones with an abstract, watercolor look to them… and it totally worked! Bonus? They are crazy easy, you guys!
DIY Watercolor Painted Napkins
Step 1 // Wash and prep napkins.
We washed the napkins before getting started to make sure that if they were going to shrink in the wash, it happened before we painted. You can see that they ended up quite wrinkled afterwards, but it was just a matter of ironing them when we were all done to get them smooth and beautiful again. Lay out the napkins overtop of a surface you don’t mind getting wet and potentially have some paint soak through. We used an old towel, then taped down our napkins on top.
Step 2 // Painting
Now for the actual painting part. Squeeze out a bit of your paint onto a plate or bowl, and have a cup of water at the ready as you’ll be dipping your brush in there constantly. We wanted watercolor stripes along ours, and so started at one end and moved across the napkin dabbing paint on as we went. There is a bit of a trick to this, so click through to the full post to see a good technique!
I tried some out with a pretty bright blue and did thicker stripes, and Caroline went for the tried and true black and kept her stripes on the thinner side. You can make these with any color you want, and could even do a multi-color look if you wanted. I was thinking that a half light pink and half minty green would look so sweet.
To see all the steps and material list head over to the post!
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Published December 28th, 2015 12:29 PM
4 of 16 comments
Teresa on Dec 31, 2015Swim just saying people are going over board they even make stuff out of tolitpapper rolls some thing are worth the time when you can buy it
Veronica on Sep 13, 2019
I would be concerned that the paint would transfer to hands when you use the napkin if your hands were wet. I’m not sure you can wash these either. For reusable napkins, I would recommend using fabric dye to look like watercolor.