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Marbled Dinner Napkins

Dress up some plain white dinner napkins with a fun marbled effect.

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Time: 1.5 Hours Cost: $13 Difficulty: Easy
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-Acrylic Paints
-Fabric Medium
-White Cotton Dinner Napkins
-Shaving Cream
-A mixing tool (a fork, a pencil, etc.)
-A plastic ruler or some form of scraping tool
*Cost includes a 12 pack of napkins!
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STEP 1: Turn your regular paints into acrylic paints
Grab a Styrofoam plate or a tray of sorts and mix each of your acrylic paint colors (separately) with the fabric medium. This allows the acrylic paint to become fabric ready. If you have fabric paints, you can just use those. But I have a bigger collection of acrylic paints, so this allows me to use all of those colors for this project. There are normally mixing instructions on the back of the medium bottle instructing you in regards to ratios.
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STEP 2: Spray shaving cream on your tray
Grab an old cookie sheet or an aluminum tray and spray the shaving cream along the bottom.
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STEP 3: Spread the shaving cream into an even layer.
You want to make sure you spread it all over.
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STEP 4: Drip splotches of your paints onto the layer of shaving cream.
I chose these three colors and dipped them randomly. You can choose a different color scheme, if you like.
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STEP 5: Take a mixing tool and swirl the paint drops into a marble looking pattern.
This is the best part of this project. I love swirling the colors together!
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STEP 6: Place your napkin on the tray
Take one of your dinner napkins and carefully place it face down on top of the shaving cream and paint mixture. These dinner napkins that I bought on Amazon were perfect for this project.
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STEP 7: Scrape off the shaving cream
Remove the napkin from the shaving cream tray. Using your plastic ruler or scraping tool carefully scrape the shaving cream off of the towel onto a trash bag or a piece of newspaper. Be sure to wipe the scraping tool clean before repeating this step.
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STEP 8: Let it dry and set
Allow the napkin to dry and then use a heat setting method of your choice. I simply put my napkins in a dryer for 40 minutes at a medium-high heat. You can also place a sheet of paper on top of your fabric and use an iron on a dry setting. *To make another napkin you should repeat the process rather than reusing the painted shaving cream leftovers.
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  • marbled dinner napkins, crafts, how to
  • marbled dinner napkins, crafts, how to
These are so unique and pretty! I love using them to set my table.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Dinner Napkins   (Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paints   (Michaels)
  • Shaving Cream   (Dollar Tree)
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  • Marg Wood

    Thanks so much for this idea...I have been scouting for fabric :)

  • Sue Lilly
    Sue Lilly United Kingdom

    Love the individuality

  • Mcgypsy9
    Mcgypsy9 Mooresville, NC

    Ohh the colors you could use! This is so cute and creative! Why is it that if she was told to say nothing at all that she opened her mouth anyway! Some people!
    Anyway thank you for sharing!

  • Victoria Marie
    Victoria Marie Thibodaux, LA

    So far, I've done red and blue, and together with the white napkins, I have red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. Purple and gold were the next colors for my college alma mater. Many other colors I am considering including other holidays.

  • Gomco

    I would wash my napkins first with NO fabric softener used. Washing gets out the fabric "dye" & using fabric softener could cause the paints not to adhere.

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