Marbled Dinner Napkins

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
6 Materials
2 Hours
Dress up some plain white dinner napkins with a fun marbled effect. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
MATERIALS: -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 and fabric medium *Cost includes a 12 pack of napkins! All can be found on Amazon.
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.
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.
STEP 3: Spread the shaving cream into an even layer. You want to make sure you spread it all over.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
These are so unique and pretty! I love using them to set my table.
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  • Jackie Jackie on Jun 25, 2021

    Wondering how these would do when needing washing. Would the pattern wash away?

  • Chris Buckland Chris Buckland on Jun 25, 2021

    Did you do both sides of the napkin?

    Thank you for sharing love the look !

  • Suzanne Marquardt Jarvis Suzanne Marquardt Jarvis on Jun 26, 2021

    This looks great! My daughter is getting married next summer and I was wondering if we could do this to table clothes? Or a runner?

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