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How to Stencil Personalized Napkins (No-Sew)

I’m happy to announce that I’ve found yet another craft I love. And it all came about really quickly and unexpectedly; which I guess is what can happen with real love. Jane and I were finishing up some last minute DIYs for my Fall Home Tour and we decided to make some personalized napkins by stenciling some plain white and pale blue bordered linen napkins for my rustic woodland tablescape.

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The truth is,  I normally don’t overly enjoy stenciling on furniture or any wood surfaces because the paint tends to bleed and I’m too much of a perfectionist to not care. We’ve done our share of stenciled DIYs, such as our refinished school chair, painted welcome mat and our upcycled beach-themed wood dresser, which in the end, turned out great! 

However, stenciling on fabric is a dream! The stenciled edges were crisp, the coverage was quick and consistent, there were no streaks, no mess ups. Just a bunch of dabbing with the paintbrush and it was all done!

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I think I kept my cool but in my head I was thinking, “this is amazing! What other things can I stencil..perhaps a whole table cloth?, maybe my dishcloths?, an infinity scarf?, or maybe something onto a pocket of a t-shirt?”. My creative juices were just flowing! In the end I also stenciled a table runner and some succulent hoop art!

There are so many possibilities with personalizing napkins by simply stenciling. We used just a small portion of our stencil  so when you look for stencils to buy, consider all the different ways you could use it.  Wouldn’t they look great with a monogram stencil, for example, or some other image that you love?  Keep them for yourself or make them as a thoughtful handmade gift.

Materials Needed to Stencil your own Personalized Napkins:

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Linen Napkins (or to make your own check out our DIY linen napkin tutorial)
Decoart Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint, Coastal Waters   (make sure to use a fabric paint that won’t wash out during laundering)
Stencil paintbrush
Stencil,  Americana Decor Mid-Century Flowers

how to stencil napkins

Instructions for Stenciling your own Personalized Napkins:

Lay napkin down on a flat surface and position stencil on top of napkin in the desired location.

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Dip stencil paintbrush in paint and dab the paint brush over top of the stencil while holding stencil in place.



Continue to dab until you have the desired coverage.

how to stencil napkins

Carefully peel back the stencil and leave paint to dry fully before using.

That’s it!

What would you stencil  on your personalized napkins?

Need additional tablescape ideas for your fall gathering? Check out these pretty printable Thanksgiving place cards!

Free printable Thanksgiving place cards | Watercolor pumpkin art

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DIY Personalized Napkins


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Sunday 4th of November 2018

Hi Sonia and Jane What a great idea for a Thanksgiving table. I've included your tutorial in our latest Thanksgiving crafts inspiration. Our readers will enjoy it. Cheers Jodie :)

Lisa J Wood

Monday 8th of October 2018

Those are darling ! What a fun gift that would be for the holidays...hostess, Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving...etc.


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

I like the idea to stencil on a tshirt pocket. Thanks!!


Thursday 19th of October 2017

You are very welcome, Charlotte. I'm looking forward to trying that out as well.

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