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Splatter Painted Napkins

This is by far the fastest, most satisfying way to create a set of hand-dyed napkins. By choosing colors you love and following a simple technique, each napkin becomes a work of art! They’ll look gorgeous in a place setting but also work for lots of other decor projects, like gift wrap or bunting. The technique is super easy – to get an even splatter pattern, flick the paint off your hands so you have lots of control over how dense the pattern is or how big the drips are. If you’ve never had a full set of cloth napkins for entertaining, this is the perfect way to create one that’s completely personal and will last for years (the splatter pattern is very forgiving on stains)!

Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day!

Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day!

You will need: Fabric paint (I chose colors I love – navy blue, turquoise, and neutral gray, but you can choose any colors you like!), plastic cups, dyeable napkins, plastic cups, an iron, and newspaper or a drop cloth.

Step 1: Water down the paint so that it’s much more drippy, by adding about 1 part water to 1 part paint. Use the plastic cup to mix.
Step 2: Set up a large area protected by newspaper or a drop cloth and lay the napkins down in the middle. Covering your hand with the glove, dip it in the watered down paint. Flick the paint off your fingers to cover the napkin in a splatter pattern. Start with the darkest color paint first and end with the lightest color.
Step 3: Let the napkins fully dry. Following the instructions on the paint bottle, iron the napkin to set the colors.

Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day! Splatter Paint Napkins | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Paige

    March 18, 2015

    Those napkins are gorgeous! I want to make some for our kitchen!


  2. heather

    March 18, 2015

    adorable! going to make these this weekend.

  3. Kari

    March 18, 2015

    This is a totally adorable craft and something that I could actually do!

  4. Ujjaini

    March 18, 2015

    I was planning to buy new Table Napkins, but would try these first I guess

  5. Snappystreet

    March 18, 2015

    What a simple and effective DIY! I love these, thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Ann Thomas

    March 18, 2015

    Beautiful! I love easy to create DIYs with stunning outcomes, and this is definitely one. Not quite sure where I might find dyeable napkins in Singapore though. Would you recommend plain cotton napkins?

    Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea, Ashley!

  7. Veronica

    March 19, 2015

    I love the Pollock party!

  8. Hannah S

    March 19, 2015

    These are amazing. I love this idea. I need to find someplace to work that I can keep clean so I can try this. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kirsty

    March 19, 2015

    What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing!

    Kirsty |

  10. Poupette

    March 20, 2015

    What a cute idea!

  11. Courtney

    March 20, 2015

    These are awesome! I’d love to know what kind of fabric paint you like to use.

  12. Lizzie

    March 24, 2015

    I love the gold silverware, where is it from?

  13. home_audio

    March 24, 2015

    So cute 🙂 I love this idea.

  14. SolidGold Philippines

    March 27, 2015

    Oops! Did I just say I’m inspired by your ideas and already make one for my kid’s party? Just blue, just blue and it makes my heart throb with the beauty of Blue! Xoxo

    Nancy Ballard

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