DIY Inkodye Napkins for Fall Entertaining

By Brittni • Updated on 08/31/2023

DIY Dotted Napkins for Fall Entertaining

As I get more and more immersed in food DIYs and entertaining ideas, one obsession in particular keeps popping up for me. And it’s kind of a weird one…napkins!

I really, really love coming up with different DIY (cloth) napkin designs. It’s strange, I know. But it’s true. Evidence here and here.

So to keep on truckin’ with this unusual obsession, I have a new napkin DIY today. And it involves one of my new favorite things…Lumi Inkodye. Have you ever tried this stuff? It’s amazing! So fun.

Want to make your own? Here’s how…

DIY Dotted Napkins

DIY Dotted Napkins


I put together a new DIY supplies kit for Darby Smart that has all of items that you need to make your own Lumi dyed napkins. It comes with 2 packages of dye (choose the color you want) and 4 hemstitched napkins (just like the ones I used). You can pick up the kit right here and the supplies you need will come straight to your door.

Supplies Needed for DIY Dotted Napkins

How To:

1. Shake Lumi Inkodye according to instructions (I think anywhere from 20-30 seconds is probably good). Then, in low light, snap the packaging open (all the dye will start coming out) and spread the dye evenly with the edge of the packaging, like a squeegee. If there are any areas that you weren’t able to cover with the edge of the packaging, you can use a paint brush. But I would use it as a last resort because the dye ends of soaking into the brush, so less dye gets onto the cloth that way.

How To // Thanksgiving Napkins DIY

2. Next, add items on top of the napkin that you want to use as a resist. This is what will create the pattern shapes on each napkin.

Note: I tried flowers for one, but I put them outside in really low light at the end of the day. So the result wasn’t as crisp as I was hoping for. The next day, I tried  using rolled oats to create and organic dotted pattern and put them outside at the brightest time of day (between noon and 2pm) and it worked like a charm!



3. Then, bring the napkin outside, preferably on a bright and sunny day, and let the dye do it’s magic. Give it about 20 minutes before removing the ‘resist’ items and bringing the cloth inside.

4. Wash with detergent and you’re good to go.

DIY Dotted Napkins

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

DIY Dotted Napkins for Thanksgiving

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here, if youre interested.

Have you started thinking about fall dinner parties and Thanksgiving entertaining yet? What entertaining DIYs do you think you’ll try this season?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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Thanks so much for the sweet comments everyone.


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Those are so lovely and such a unique idea. I wonder how it would look in pastel colors. I’m such a sucker for pastels. I absolutely love the purple one! Gorgeous!


These are so beautiful!!!
I love Inkodye- I recently did it on a table runner with leaves ( . I am now so obsessed with it and want to Inkodye all the things!

Laurel (@abubblylife)

WOW! How awesome are these!? This color palette is AMAZING for fall too! I gotta try this.

Kelly @ Studio DIY
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