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DIY Napkins using Fabric Medium and Acrylic Paint

Still thinking about that other runner, I thought I could incorporate that look into my napkins. You know how they say any zoo can be a petting zoo if you're brave enough? (Disclaimer: Do not think/do that), well any paint can be fabric paint if you just add fabric medium! If you haven't heard of fabric medium before, you've probably looked right at it without realizing as it's usually kept with the standard bottles of tole paint in most stores. Using 2 parts paint, and 1 part fabric medium, you can simply mix to make your paint of choice into a fabric paint - it's that easy. You can also use fabric paint as well, but this allows you to use colours you already have or get that exact shade or tone of colour you're looking for, that may not be available in a fabric paint. 
Still thinking about that other runner, I thought I could incorporate that look into my napkins. You know how they say any zoo can be a petting zoo if you're brave enough? (Disclaimer: Do not think/do that), well any paint can be fabric paint if you just add fabric medium! If you haven't heard of fabric medium before, you've probably looked right at it without realizing as it's usually kept with the standard bottles of tole paint in most stores. Using 2 parts paint, and 1 part fabric medium, you can simply mix to make your paint of choice into a fabric paint - it's that easy. You can also use fabric paint as well, but this allows you to use colours you already have or get that exact shade or tone of colour you're looking for, that may not be available in a fabric paint. 

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.

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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!
The next time you're in a craft section, have a look for fabric medium and start experimenting!


Nicole Leblanc Headshot About Nicole

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.
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September 28, 2022