Let me set the stage (or more appropriately the table) for you. We had to arrange a table for the Dare to DIY challenge. We had no idea what to do being tablescape virgins, so we did what normal people do…read blogs and check pinterest. Luckily the week before Thanksgiving is flooded with tablescape inspiration. I ran into this tablescape on Design*Sponge with some beautiful napkins.
Oh those napkins! I wanted them so bad. Problem is I only wanted the hot pink ones. They are sold in a set with the different colors like the picture above. Bummer. I couldn’t shake my love for them, so I figured I might as well DIY them. Since I know you are lusting after them now, here’s how you too can make some Anthropologie inspired napkins to wipe your pretty mouth.
- Napkins (shocker – I dyed mine but if you can find napkins in the color you want just make sure to prewash them)
- Flexible Ruler
- Fabric Paint (mine was Tulip Metallics Soft in Gold)
- Spouncer (mine was 3/4″)
- Craft brush (not pictured but still necessary)
I taped the napkin and the ruler onto my table, so it wouldn’t move while I worked. Word to the wise, put something underneath your fabric because it will bleed through. Luckily the fabric paint came off the table without much trouble.
I began in the center with the first polka dot cut in half at the exact center. The ruler was about 1 inch thick, so I spaced the dots 1 inch diagonally as well.
I am way too much of a perfectionist to not use a small craft brush. When you use the spouncer, the dot doesn’t fill in equally. The craft brush smooths out your dot and makes sure the entire dot is filled.
It’s quicker to make your polka dots using the spouncer all the way down the line. Then go back with your craft brush and perfect them.
You already have your spacing established, so the 2nd line is much easier because you just hop over the ruler and dot down the line.
*Yes I was listening to Christmas music whilst polka dotting. Nick was making book page Christmas trees, and Ramona
made the biggest mess ever with playdoh got creative in her own way.
Move the ruler down. Line it up at the bottom of the previous line of dots. Keep moving that ruler and just go on polka dotting the crap outta them napkins. The paint dries in 4 hours. It says it can be washed if you turn it inside out…not possible for napkins. I say just hand wash them which was my suggestion if you dyed them anyway.
You can see that I didn’t polka dot past the thread. I put painters tape on the thread line if I needed to put a half dot. Basically the same thing you would do if you were painting stripes on the wall.
They are definitely statement napkins. (May be the weirdest thing I’ve ever
said written.) Anthropologie inspired but there’s definitely a Kate Spade feel to them as well. Now go polka dot something before this trend is passe (I hope that never happens).