Make This: Painted Napkins DIY

By Brittni • posted on 07/17/2013

DIY // painted napkins project

Update a set of napkins for picnic season with a paint brush and a little bit of fabric paint. The color scheme reminds me of ketchup and mustard, which is perfect for summer…makes me think of barbecues and hot dogs on the grille. But it’s been raining here so much lately, I’ve had to resort to using them for indoor lunches/ picnics for one (how sad is that?).

To make your own set, all you’ll need are some old (or new) napkins, fabric paint, and a paint brush. I just freehanded a different design on each one, waited for them to dry and popped them in the washer/dryer according to instructions on the paint bottle. Super easy! Which is why I didn’t think I needed to include step by step photo instructions. Note: Make sure you use fabric paint and not regular paint, or the painted areas will stiffen up and won’t bond to the fabric.


painted napkins diy project


FYI – The napkins I used for this project are from West Elm and they have tons of colors available if you want to check ’em out.

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Concept, styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

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It looks very simple to do! Nice project, thank you!



great DIY and I LOVE THE COLOURS!!! Many Thanks for this post. I shared it already on my blog.

Karin from peppithecat


These look great – and so simple to do.

Paper Acrobat

Aw, thanks Tanya.


I just love all your creative ideas!! I love this, its so cute 🙂


Thanks ladies! Let me know how your napkins turn out, Laura.


Cool idea! Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

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Laura - RelativelyOffbeat

simple and adorable! one of the best combinations if you ask me.

juni // hej juni

🙂 Thanks Alex. You should! They are so, so easy.



And so simple. Love this. I want to make some right now.

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Alexandra Pettinato

Thanks Kelly. I think that one is my favorite…reminds me of waves from the ocean.


Love the colors in this project, Britt! The scallop pattern is super cute!

Kelly @ Studio DIY
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