Imprint napkins with an Eastern European look the easy way when you use tie-dye spray paint and a stencil. By spraying paint rather than brushing it on, you’ll get crisp, clean lines with a varied depth of color in the design that mimics the fading of age.

What You’ll Need

  • Iron and ironing board
  • White cotton napkins
  • 12-inch-square Mylar stencils in folk art pattern
  • Scissors
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Spray-on tie-dye fabric paint
  • Paper towels

Iron the napkins to remove creases. Unless you want a square edge to your painted design, trim the stencil(s) about half an inch from the outside of the central motif.

Stenciled napkin on table

Spray stencil adhesive on the backside of the stencil and center it on the front of the napkin. Press firmly for a good seal. On a protected surface, randomly and lightly spray the fabric paint over the stenciled area of the napkin and allow the color to drift past the edges of the stencil. Carefully blot the stencil with paper towels to remove excess paint. Remove the stencil and let the paint dry.
Iron the finished napkin to set the paint according to paint manufacturer’s directions.

Folk art dining room

By pairing with floral themed table settings and an appropriately light and fun table runner, you’ll have the perfect setting for celebrating or simply gathering together Eastern European style.


© Caruth Studio

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