cheeky painted dinner napkins

I was tempted to call this post: ‘how to insult your dinner guests’ (as my husband suggested), or ‘how to break awkward dinner party silence’, but I guess I’ll stick with what I picked. :)

While perusing Home Sense, I came across these crisp white dinner napkins on sale (not much of a sale), and thought I could whip up a little personalized house-warming gift for a friend who recently got a new place.

I first gathered my materials (which ended up changing… read on to see what unfortunate events took place).

I pre-washed & ironed each napkin, then went on a polka-dotting rampage (similar to my dresser) with Martha Stewart’s ‘wild salmon’ paint.
Now, here’s the unfortunate event: I wanted to use stamps to write a message on each napkin, but after mixing my gold paint with fabric medium (you would skip this step if you started with a fabric-friendly paint), i got my stamp, dipped it in, stamping out the excess on the plate, and carefully placed it on the napkin.

but… all I got was a blob that did not resemble an ‘r’ by any stretch of the imagination. It likened a dirty stain or skid mark (tmi?). I quickly tried to clean it up, and this is the best I could do…

Deciding to take the easy way out, I broke out a gold fabric pen (which was a JOY to deal with compared to the stamps!) and went to town, adding a snarky saying for each napkin.

I let them dry overnight, & ironed them under a cotton towel to set the paint.
Now, I have a cute set of napkins with a slightly split personality:
The other napkins had little sayings that ranged from things like:
wipe your face, dear.
there’s something in your teeth.
your food won’t run away.
to other saying that have a bit more sass, like:
raised by wolves.
of course it’s socially acceptable to talk with a full mouth.
I had fun making these, and now I have a quirky set of napkins to give to my friend (who happens to love sarcasm as much as I do!).
I hope you have a wonderful day!


  1. says

    I love the polka dots- so bright and fun! And your sayings are a perfect touch. :) Newest follower.

    Visiting from Gingersnap Crafts

    ~Emily @ Texas Life Blog

  2. says

    So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says …' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there!

  3. says

    Oh so PRETTY!!! I want some too!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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