Monday, January 28, 2013

cheeky painted dinner napkins
Jane @ urbanejane.7:50 AM 27 comments

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!
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About The Author Urbane Jane I'm Jane and I'm glad you stopped by! I live in Ontario, Canada, and teach in a middle school by day & blog about my life & hobbies by night.


  1. These are absolutely adorable! I love them. Pinning this idea asap.

  2. Haha these are so cute! I love them.

  3. I just found your blog and had to send you a quick note about how much I adore your style! Especially your nursery! You did such an awesome job and I am beyond jealous of you bedding your MIL made you. Thanks for the hint on where to buy fabric! I am in search on some for my own nursery!!


  4. These are sooooo cute! I especially love the smart sayings. Thank you so much for sharing these. Pinning them for later reference.


  5. You should sell these! Great fun!

  6. Theses are hysterical.. what a super fun, outside the box idea

  7. Cute blog! I am now a new subscriber!

  8. Jane, these are the SWEETEST!!!! Pinning this idea! :)

  9. LOVE the funny phrases and of course polkadots!!! New follower for your blog. Follow back at

  10. 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

  11. Love these! I need to get me some metallic fabric paint pens :) BTW you have the best handwriting ever -- most definitely better than any stamp anyhow!

    1. Oh, and I love the color! Thanks for sharing. :) ((New follower through Looksi!))

  12. Isn't everything cuter with polkadots?! Love these! Great job ;)


  13. How fun! I have not used fabric paint, but I've tried the markers. So pretty and simple! Nice job!

  14. How fun -- such a thoughtful gift personalized with the sense of humor you share with your friend! Who wouldn't love a gift like that? Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  15. 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!

  16. 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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    Come over and grab your featured button... you deserve it :)

  18. Where did you get the gold fabric marker? What brand? Thanks! Such a cute idea. Cheap dinnertime entertainment :-)



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