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Homemade Decorative Napkins

It’s the second Thursday of the month and that means… Silhouette Challenge time!

Since we are all thinking food and entertaining this month, the theme for the challenge was Dining. To add a little flair to our Thanksgiving table, I made these Homemade Decorative Napkins from some acorn stamps I made with my Silhouette.

Now we are ready for the turkey and family to come together!

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

As much as I love cloth napkins, I really love the convenience of paper napkins. Kids can be so messy!

I would be doing laundry forever if we used cloth napkins. And when we have lots of guests over (like for Thanksgiving dinner) I just don’t have that many cloth napkins in my arsenal.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

I thought it would be fun to decorate paper napkins so that they can be festive for the holiday. The next question was how to decorate napkins? That is where my Silhouette came in.

By making a few simple stamps (out of the acorns I designed for this month’s free digital backgrounds) I was able to make the perfect homemade decorative napkins for Thanksgiving. And they were so easy to make!

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

So this month’s tutorial is actually 2 tutorials in one. First I will show you how to easily make foam stamps on your Silhouette cutting machine.

Then I will show you how easy it was to decorate paper napkins for our Thanksgiving table (I even decided to do a video for you, yeah). But it doesn’t stop there, I’m going to be using this method to decorate napkins for every holiday.

Or even custom birthday, baby shower, or wedding napkins. The possibilities are endless!

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

And bonus, these custom decorative paper napkins are so easy to make, you can have your kids work on them while you cook the turkey.

My kids were having so much fun making them. I have a feeling we are going to have so many custom acorn napkins that we will be using them until summer. Oh well, at least they are having fun!

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

How to Make a Foam Stamp with your Silhouette


Supplies:

  • Silhouette cutting machine
  • Artwork for stamp
    • The cut file for the acorns I used are available in my library of free downloads and printables. Click here to subscribe and get access to this download and so much more.
  • Extra thin craft foam
    • The large foam sheets can be too thick to cut with your Silhouette, but you can find extra thin little sheets in a pack for just a few dollars.
  • Packing tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hard piece of plastic or wood
    • I used a piece of broken quilters ruler as my backing so I could see through it to line up the second part of the design. You can also use pieces of thick plexi glass or wood as a backing, just cut it to the size you need.

Open your design in the Silhouette design store. You can download the acornsMake it the size you want your finished stamp. Place the foam on your cutting mat. Cut the design out on the extra thin craft foam using a 10 on the ratchet blade, 33 cutting thickness, and 3 speed.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Leave the foam on the cutting mat and weed out the extra around the design.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Take a piece of packing tape (or more if your design is large) and lay it on top of the foam. Make sure there is packing tape over all the pieces of the design. Carefully pull the packing tape and foam off the cutting mat. Trim away any excess tape from around the outside of the design.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Spray glue on the smooth back of the packing tape and stick it to the piece of hard plastic or wood that you are using as the back of your stamp.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

The spray adhesive will take a few minutes to dry. Leave the stamp with the foam side down to apply pressure while it drys. The stamp may wiggle around on the backing if not fully dry because of the smooth side of the packing tape.

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Once dried, your new stamp is ready to use to make these homemade decorative napkins!

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

 

How to Make Homemade Decorative Napkins


Supplies

Use your new custom stamps to add a festive decoration to your paper napkins. I decided to make a little video to show you how easy it is. You’ll have a stack of fancy napkins ready to party in no time!

Watch this video on YouTube.

Now the only thing I have left to do before the the big dinner is decide what recipes I want to make 🙂

This is so awesome! Create custom foam stamps with your Silhouette cutting machine. Then use these DIY stamps to make homemade decorative napkins for holidays, weddings, parties and so much more! | Housefulofhandmade.com

More dining projects using your Silhouette

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the projects these amazing bloggers created for the dining themed Silhouette challenge. Now we will be ready to entertain this holiday season!

The Silhouette Creators Challenge - Dining Challenge

Houseful of Handmade – Homemade Decorative Napkins

Knock It Off Kim – DIY Monogrammed Wine Glass

My Life From Home – Thanksgiving Utensil Holders~ In All Things Give Thanks

Dwell Beautiful – Silhouette DIY Utensil Holder

Pocketful of Posies – DIY Christmas Quote Plates

Happy Holidays!

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Marie

Monday 14th of November 2016

These are sooo pretty! I totally didn't realize that they were paper napkins at first. That's brilliant! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

Kati

Sunday 20th of November 2016

Thank you Marie! I love that the paper napkins can be pretty.

Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

Friday 11th of November 2016

Oh these are too cute! Love the idea of dressing up plain paper napkins - all the style without all the laundry! :)

Kati

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Thank you Erica! I am a huge fan of dressing up things without creating extra laundry ;)

Cat @ Pocketful of Posies

Thursday 10th of November 2016

These are so cute Kati! I would have never thought to decorate paper napkins, and for the life of me, I don't know why! It is a brilliant idea! I love the idea of cloth, but I know my guests and mostly my hubs would never treat them with care. He would be more likely to mop up a gravy spill with them! Then they're ruined. I love this idea! All the elegance of cloth none of the fuss!

Kati

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Thanks Cat! My kids would be the first to use the cloth napkins to clean up an awful mess too!

Kim Young

Thursday 10th of November 2016

LOVE this idea! I'm with you on the napkins - we have a large family and washing all of them is quite the chore. I love all of the things you could do with this idea. So fun!

Kati

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Thanks Kim! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't want to spend all that time doing laundry :)

Amy @ My Life From Home

Thursday 10th of November 2016

Wow! I never would have thought to do that! Amazing and I love it can be used over and over again! Great job!

Kati

Saturday 12th of November 2016

Thanks Amy! I am excited to use this little trick all the time now :)

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