DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a Custom Look

Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party. You can help create a theme using various stencils or make seasonal pieces. Get the instructions here.

Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party.

Make these easy diy stenciled napkins for stylish entertaining, or to give as a hostess gift.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to diy’s to personalize your tabletop or entertaining. I always choose projects that aren’t too “fussy,” complicated, or time consuming because honestly, I’m impatient and don’t want to wait too long to see the results! One such project that fits the bill is this diy stenciled cocktail napkin project I came up with several years ago.

The idea was to dress up some cotton cocktail napkins I already had, to give them some extra pizzazz  Not only are these fun to create for yourself, they make great hostess gifts too!  I love how they turned out, and here’s how you do it.

Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party.Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party.Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party.

More ideas and tips for making stenciled napkins

  • As you can see above, I did several “themes” using stars, Fleur de lis, and leaves. This gives me seasonal choices as well as themed choices. The stars can be used for the 4th of July, summer parties, or for holiday parties. The leaves are beautiful for fall entertaining. And the fleur de lis is a classic look that can be used for any occasion.
  • For the leaf napkins I used 2 different stencil shapes and placed them in a nice pattern.
  • Another great option is to use monogram stencils & give these as gifts.
  • You can do this project using cocktail napkins, fabric coasters, or dinner napkins.

Another idea for dressing up your napkins is to use iron-on rhinestone embellishments like I did in this Pink Princess party.

Make your own DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins for a custom look for any party.

DIY Stenciled Cocktail Napkins

DIY stenciled cocktail napkins supplies

  • Cloth napkins, found here
  • Gold fabric paint {or your color of choice}
  • Small stencil from the craft store
  • Stippling brush

Place your stencil on top of the fabric at one corner. Press down securely with your fingers to hold it in place.

Pour some of the fabric paint onto a paper plate, and dip the stippling brush into it. Use a paper towel to dab your brush on so the paint isn’t too thick as you use it on the napkin.

Dab the paint onto the fabric within the stencil, using straight up and down motion until the shape is fully formed.

Allow to dry according to fabric paint instructions.

HOSTESS TIP:  Practice on a scrap of fabric first, to get the feel for it.

Have fun making your own themed diy stenciled cocktail napkins!


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  1. Very creative idea, Chris. The shapes you used are so lovely. And do you have some ideas on the stencils. I checked the craft store but didn’t find my favor styles. So I wonder if you have some suggestions on making the stencils.

    1. Thanks! I don’t have any recs on making stencils, however I would check around different stores, or do a search online for specific themes or images. There seems to be a lot more to choose from via e-commerce than local retailers, in my experience.

  2. so pretty and such a wonderfully inexpensive way to dress up napkins for any party or holiday.

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