MAKE YOUR OWN EASTER NAPKINS
Let’s decorate our Easter table with beautiful handmade napkins! It’s a fun and easy DIY. All you need are some plain napkins, a small Easter stamp and some ink. I think this cute little DIY turned out so good!
These napkins started as an unexpected DIY. It even has a sentimental touch. The other day I came across some really old white napkins from my childhood home. Glued in a corner of the napkins is my dad’s name. He used these napkins in his last years in the nursing home when everything he owned had to be tagged for the laundromat.
I think these napkins resurfaced after a purging spree, I probably had used them to store something safely and dust free in the attic. I washed them and was about to donate them when this little project sprung to mind.
Easter will be quiet and just the two of us again this year. Things have not returned to normal yet. It makes me even more determined to make something special of our celebrations. Without trips and outings, gatherings and parties, the days seem to become one endless flow and it is hard to remember one week from the next. So I am making our Easter get-together a bit extra special, even if it is just for us two I am determined to create some memories and mark this part of the year.
Okay on to the napkins. They are plain white with a little pattern weaved in. They are also a bit weathered and not at sparkly white anymore as they once were. I decided they were perfect for a little stamping action. Adding a pattern to the plain white napkins would spruce them up, give them some interest and hide any imperfections.
Shopping for crafting supplies still is a pain, so I was determined to use what I have.
First I looked for a stamp. As luck would have it I had these birds and nest stamp set. I have had them so long already I completely forgot about them. But I thought the little nest with eggs would be perfect for Easter.
I also found some other stamp sets that would be perfect for a little stamped napkin DIY project.
I also had a still functioning ink pad in cobalt blue. It’s Archival Ink which means it is waterproof and good quality. A quick online search told me that oil based inks probably will hold up in the washing too. Although I didn’t really think it important for my napkins because I am already so happy to get this one extra use out of them.
And then I got to stamping….
and stamping some more.
Some helpful stamping tips:
- Ink up your stamp thoroughly but keep it straight! You don’t want to ink up the edges, just the raised stamp.
- Nevertheless the edges and corners will get inked up too. Clean them after each row.
- To clean an oil based stamp: use baby wipes if you have them. Or as I did, use a permanent makeup remover on some cloth.
- Press the stamp firmly on the fabric. Don’t move it!
- Have fun!
When I was done stamping, I let the ink dry thoroughly.
I dry ironed the napkins on the back side to set the ink a bit more.
And then I got to set the Easter table with my new DIY stamped napkins.
I whipped up some herb napkin rings made with fresh thyme and some old curtain rings.
These are really easy to make. Just make tiny bunches of your thyme and attach them to the curtain ring with a bit of wire. Nothing to it. really.
See. How simple that looks at the back.
Now look at how cute they are as napkin rings.
Hmm. I am getting in the mood for our Easter dinner. Now that I have my Easter table setting figured out.
Don’t you think those napkins turned out lovely?
As you can see I even stamped some raw wood Easter mini eggs. That was so much harder than stamping the fabric napkins. it involved wiggling while waggling and rolling while pressing and not smudging or hesitating. The ink bled a bit into the raw wood, but I still think they are pretty nice and compliment my DIY stamped Easter napkins.
Really happy with this little project.
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Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.