DIY: Hand-Stamped Napkins

The way I feel about cloth napkins is a little bit like how I feel about working out. You don't necessarily have to do it, but you always feel better about yourself when you do. Except I never work out. And I always use cloth napkins at dinner. So in that way they're actually completely different. 

Honestly, I kinda wish it was the other way around. 

Dang it. 

I'm a little bit crazy about cloth napkins. Mike and I use them pretty much every night, not because I have anything against disposable napkins, but because I just think cloth napkins make you feel like you put a little more effort into dinner - even if dinner was a frozen pizza. 

Which never happens in our house. I was obviously just using that as an extreme example to get your attention. Obviously. 

A few weeks ago, my book club got together to make a couple Pinterest crafts and one of them was these hand-stamped napkins. If you can't tell from that previous sentence, my book club does not read books, we talk. And now, we craft. Completely confusing to our husbands, but we like it that way. 

Anyway, the napkins actually turned out pretty cool and were super cheap to make. Some of the girls numbered theirs, others made sweeter designs than mine, but I didn't get pics, so you'll have to be content with my version. Here's what you need:
  1. Cloth napkins - I picked up these from Target.
  2. Acrylic craft paint.
  3. Fabric medium.
  4. Random stuff from around the house to stamp your napkins with.

The instructions are super simple:
  1. Prewash napkins.
  2. Mix two parts acrylic paint with one part fabric medium (we just followed the instructions on the back of the bottle).
  3. Start stamping! I used an old q-tip for the polka-dotted one, the top of a jar for the circles, and cut out a triangle stamp from old foam board for the triangle one. For the stripes and the crosses, I actually painted them on in a random pattern. 
  4. After letting them dry for 24-hours - heat set with an iron.
  5. Set table with new napkins and serve frozen pizza. 


  1. What a great group project idea! Sometimes girlfriends like to feel crafty and talk! I may have to do this with my girls sometime. :)