Hootshack - Decoupage Napkin Sign DIY - Hootshack

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15 Minutes

Decoupage is such an easy project and it's so pretty with these napkins. More details at Hootshack.com

This Decoupage Napkin Sign DIY was such a quick and easy project. I was shocked at how easy this DIY decoupage sign project was and it turned out so pretty!

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The real takeaway from this post is the pretty napkins. I've linked them at hootshack.com. My mom gave me three of these napkins more than a year ago and I couldn’t throw them out. She gave them to me and said I should use them in a DIY project someday. I’m so glad I saved them. Here are some links for you to find the ones I used and some other patterns from this talented artist.

Decoupage Napkin Sign DIY Supplies:

  • Wood sign – painted
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Napkins with pretty patterns
  • Paintbrush

For this Decoupage Napkin DIY Sign project, I painted the first sign black before I started decoupaging the napkins. After the sign was painted, I got to work cutting out the napkin design. I couldn’t save all of the detailed parts, but I tried to cut around as many as possible. On my first attempt, I pealed the napkin apart to make it one-ply before starting to decoupage. I didn’t like this so luckily, I had painted the entire sign so I was able to flip it over and start again. It looked much better with the layers of napkin kept together.

This is when I used a singly ply. The colors are brighter with 2-ply.

I applied a thin layer of matte Mod Podge to the sign with a paintbrush and then smoothed the first piece of napkin on and then kept doing this until I got all of the napkin pieces attached to the board in the design that I wanted. I then used a paintbrush and applied a thicker layer of Mod Podge on top of the napkins using gentle paint strokes.

The napkins were saturated and I even used the brush to gently separate the napkin in some places so the black paint would show through. If there were any wrinkles or bubbles, I globbed more Mod Podge on and gently patted them down until they stuck to the board. I did my best to separate the napkin seams in the middle and I wish I had worked on that spot a little more.

After the entire top was done, I painted some Mod Podge on the edges of the sign and used my finger to smooth the napkin down. Once everything was dry, I tore the excess napkin off of the back and then applied one more layer of Mod Podge with my finger to seal the edges.

For this sign below, I used a piece of rustic wood that I painted white and then aged a bit with watered down brown craft paint. Do you like the white or the black background better? Let me know in the comments below! For this color, I tore around the animal patterns instead of cutting. The background of the napkin blended in so I didn’t have to be so precise.

Can you spot the snooty bird? Someone’s beak is a little turned up.

I’m intrigued with decoupage projects now and I’m looking through my craft room for the next decoupage DIY victim. I’d like to learn how to decoupage glass bottles next. What are the best things to decoupage? Let me know in the comments or share a link to your favorite decoupage project.

Suggested materials:

  • Mod podge   (Walmart)
  • Napkins   (Mom)

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 26, 2021

    I much prefer the white. With the black, the harsh cut-out lines are more obtrusive, which I find to be distracting.

  • Kris Kowalski Kris Kowalski on Mar 30, 2021

    It's adorable! I have a card with these critters on it. It makes me smile.

    You did a beautiful job! I prefer the white one as well.