If you're a perfectionist, you might want to keep on scrollin' - this isn't a project for you.
It's messy, it's fun and it's intentionally imperfect.
In a previous blog post I shared that I was so excited as I was preparing to host my very ownGalentine's Day brunch - what I lack in cooking skills I like to bring to the table with DIYs- literally.
In my seemingly endless scrolls on Pinterest, I kept seeing this cool table runner that was plain white, and with messy x's and o's along it. Clicked on it: It was just plain white paper, painted with paint. That's it, and it was a beautiful table runner. I already had a table runner, well, let's say "runner" because it's actually a roll of wrapping paper from Winners - one of my go-to favourites for adding colour or bringing in a theme to a meal (TIP: It's great for clean up because if there's any spills, depending on the type of paper ie not foil, you can actually compost it!)
For this project, I grabbed a set of napkins from a second-hand store (they were actually unused), gave them a wash and a quick iron. To start, I laid down cardboard as the paint will absolutely soak through. You also may need a few pieces of cardboard as the paint will be on the cardboard, and will get onto your next project. I mixed up my paint and medium, and then without planning, measuring or thinking too much about it, simply started painting out my x's and o's. A few minutes later (and somehow with paint all over me, though this should be a pretty mess-free craft), I had six, super-cool x's and o's napkins ready for my brunch.
Total cost of the project was under $5.......yes!
Picking up your fabric for your project second-hand can take the stress away too if you mess up, and keep the costs low. Depending on the project, you can also set the fabric paint with an iron, and put the setting according to the type of material you're using.
Are your wheels turning? You can use this for projects such as curtains (how cute would the alphabet be on curtains for a playroom?) or pillow cases (a cute craft idea for a sleepover party, or a custom gift for a baby nursery).
The next time you're in a craft section, have a look for fabric medium and start experimenting!
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fail.