Confessions of a Napkin Hoarder...

6 Materials
2 Hours

Thank you to Ninny's Napkins for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

...and yes it is true I am a paper napkin hoarder! I cannot resist them but after I have used one or two for a project I am left with the rest of the pack gathering dust.

Imagine my delight when I discovered Ninny's Napkins.

Nicole sells napkins in multiples of just 2.

What a game changer this is.

Nicole not only sells napkins, she has a wonderful selection of rice papers, paints, mediums and so much more , I can find everything I need for my project.

The inspiration for this tutorial comes from this ginger jar I have had for many years.

Perusing the Ninny's Napkins website I realise I can create something similar and not have to buy a hundred napkins to do it!

First of all plan your colour scheme, here are two combos I plan on using

Scouring my pantry I found a plastic coffee container with a shape I like and after washing it give it a quick coat of white acrylic paint (also available from Ninny's Napkins)

I only need the top printed layer of the napkins, so carefully separate them from the 2 white layers underneath.

Cutting a section of my first napkin making sure there is enough to wrap under the container.

After measuring my 2nd napkin I am ready for the fun part!

Using a soft paint brush apply a very thin layer of gel medium to the container and gently press the napkins in place using a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap to smooth the paper out.

Now for the collar.

Cut a piece of the napkin, place the lid in the centre, draw around it and cut the circle out as shown.

Fit the piece onto the container and mark with a pencil the width you need, cut the circle out and stick in place as before.

This is how it looks with the 3 layers in place.

Tidy up where the papers meet by cutting strips and applying over the joins.

I also cut out some of the flowers to add onto the design as you will see later.

It is all coming together!

For the lid I am using the original from the container, a lid from a bottle and a bead.

After I cover the lids with napkins, I use a gel medium 'Tacky When Dry' on the edges and on the bead.

When dry, I use some gold transfer foil, remember to apply the foil with the gold side up!

Both of these products are available on the Ninny's Napkins website.

Use a strong glue to assemble the lid.

The final step is to use a gloss varnish. This product is amazing, it dries within 10 minutes, the more coats the higher the sheen.

Ta Da!

Here they are, don't they look amazing?

Thank you so much Nicole for offering such an amazing selection of products.

Imagine what you could do with dated storage and cookie jars. I feel another project coming on...

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and I have inspired you to have a go.

Now get to the website and start shopping!

Julie ❤️

Please watch the video below showing all the steps up close

Please make sure you watch this video showing all the steps up close!

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  • Benesse Benesse on Jan 25, 2023

    How does Gel Medium compare to Mod Podge?

  • That Ninny's site has pretty items. The problem? It doesn't make sense to order 3 napkins when total is $6.06 then to pay 9.99 in shipping?

  • Linda Mccann Linda Mccann on Feb 04, 2023

    Where can I purchase the decorators varnish?

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