I decided to take up where my mom left off on Tuesday and make my own kind of cloth napkins. I love the idea of making your own stamps, so I tried it out with some metallic gold paint and loved the effect.
Here's what you'll need:
potato/ small, sharp knife/ acrylic craft paint/ /paper plate/ paintbrush/ cloth napkins
(You could buy some cloth napkins at the dollar store, but I just whipped mine up really quckly with some leftover muslin.)
1. Cut a potato in half and carve your stamp with a paring knife. Obviously, this is the most fun/most daunting part. My suggestion is to start with something really basic and add in more details as you go. I started out with a big sunbeam-like shape, and then made the rays varying shapes and etched in triangles on the edges. Keep your mind open to whatever can be made with your shape; don't just get stuck on one idea and then be disappointed when it doesn't look how you imagined.
2. When you are happy with the stamp, pour out a little bit of your paint onto a paper plate and brush a light layer onto your stamp. You will have to reapply between every couple of imprints.
3. Find the middle of your napkin and begin stamping! You can make a grid pattern or even overlap your stamps; they're your creation! I did a grid, but turned my stamp different directions with each imprint, since it was an oblong shape.
Let the napkins dry, and you have your personal set of cloth napkins! I love the way mine turned out; I think they look as if they could have come from a department store, especially since I used the metalic paint. I can't wait to try out some matching napkin rings and have everyone over for dinner!
What kind of shape would you like to stamp onto your napkins? What colors?