Noticed how expensive Napkins are these days? Especially for special occasions .. and I can never find exactly what I want.
Make your own! It’s so easy (pre-schoolers can do this if using a ready-made stencil and not the ironing)
Buy a stencil (craft- hardware stores), DIY magazines like to share templates, or look for a picture (magazines, internet, books specializing in templates or draw your own)
Use a large alphabet/numeric stencil for words or numbers. The possibilities are endless.
I usually make my own Napkins, cut to my preferred size, the type of fabric for the event – or jazz-up your old plain ones.
I have only included a few which I’ve made over time. Note, the silver Rose on the black fabric and the red Rose on the white fabric were made from the same stencil.
The gold Flower on the white fabric is only part of a bigger stencil which I chose to use here.
-You’ll need a cutting mat and craft knife first of all if cutting your own stencils.
-Sheet of stencil plastic – craft- and stationery stores keep these in different thickeness’ (Buy 2 or 3 different ones to find the one you best work with)
-Fabric Paint (these are cheap and you can pick from a huge selection – or mix your own colour)
-Foam roller and pan – you can use a paint brush as well but I find a roller works much better
-Tic-Tac Glue – this is a non permanent glue and it will stick your stencil to the fabric without any residue afterwards (Usually you also only need to apply a small amount once, and it’ll stay sticky for many projects)
-Iron (to set the paint permanently into the fabric)
Photo above – I used the picture on the left to cut out the stencil in the following photo. The template on the right was used to cut another stencil which I only used the far-right flower for the gold painted Flower.
I took the photo of this stencil after a few uses to make it easier to see what it looks like.
The fun part ! Paste a small amount of Tic-Tac Glue to the back of the stencil – use a small brush to make sure all parts are covered as well as at least 15mm (little less than 1/2 inch) around the edges of the picture. Wait 5 minutes for the Glue to get sticky – Place the stencil on the preferred area of the Napkin to be painted (glue side down on the fabric) – use the wooden/plastic end piece of a small brush and gently press down on all the areas of the stencil which has glue underneath.
Paint over the exposed (open) areas with either a roller or a paintbrush – Rather start with too little paint than too much – you can always go over the area again. Wait a minute or two and gently pull your stencil free from the fabric (you’ll find the stencil is still sticky enough for many more uses). Depending on the thickness of your paint, wait until it is dry to the touch (Because I use a roller my paint is never too thick and it dries within 5 – 10 minutes)
Last, but very important, iron your masterpiece (between 2 sheets of paper or old fabric) on both sides. This will make it permanent and now you can use and wash them normally.
See HERE how I cut a stencil straight from wallpaper!
This is really a lovely, relaxing craft and I hope you’ll try it (if you’re new to this) and enjoy it as much as I do!
Ciao for now,
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