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DIY Hand Stamped Napkins

Did you know that you could make your own stamps with rubber bands and a block of wood?

It's an inexpensive way to give new life to cloth napkins, tablecloths, and more for pennies and it's what I'm sharing as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team.

Overhead view of hand stamped linen napkin with vintage forks and spoons on top of it on an aged white wood background

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post after reading the details of my easy DIY and click on the links below the Spring Home Ideas on a Tight Budget picture for shares from the entire team! They are amazing, as always.

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Years ago I purchased a white tablecloth with matching napkins...12 I believe...and, I rarely used it. I ended up donating the tablecloth and most of the napkins but kept a few...no idea why, but I'm glad I did.

Even though I laundered the napkins before putting them away when I pulled them out recently, there were yellow stains.

I didn't want to use the napkins in this state so decided I had nothing to lose by hand stamping them with this easy method.

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How To Make a Rubber Band Stamp

Supplies

Directions

Press the napkins or item you'll be using first to make sure there is a smooth surface before stamping.

Wrap rubber bands around the wooden block. I alternated between placing the bands across the wood both vertically and horizontally.

Cover rubber bands with paint...and stamp!

That's it. I tested the process first on paper and on a drop cloth just to make sure I liked it.

The stamp will not be perfect, and that's okay!

Once I was done and the paint was dry I pressed the napkin again using my Cricut press and that was it.

I plan on using my 'new' napkins for my Easter table but this simple pattern is one that can be used year round.

And now for the shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!

3 Simple No-Sew Home Decorating Ideas Using Fabric - Redhead Can Decorate

Bumble Bee Craft Spring Floral Mason Jar - Our Crafty Mom

Salt Dough Rabbit Ornaments for Spring - DIY Beautify

Stamped Eggs for Spring - 2 Bees in a Pod

DIY 3D Paper Ornaments - Postcards from the Ridge

DIY Hand Stamped Napkins - The How-To Home (me!)

5 Thrifty, Chic and Simple Spring DIY Projects - The Tattered Pew

7 Ideas for Decorating the Tops of Armoires, Bookcases (and any tall furniture) - Lora Bloomquist

Magnolia Inspired Antique Brass Planter - Cottage on Bunker Hill

Thrifty Vintage Planters – Springtime Plants - Vin Yet Etc.

Easy DIY French Country Table Runner - Amy Sadler Designs

DIY Fresh Flower Wreath (and how to make it last) - Songbird Blog

An Easy Side Table Makeover With Fusion Mineral Paint - My Family Thyme

Overhead picture of a hand stamped napkin and various greenery.

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15 Comments

  1. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    Mary Beth, this is such a fun way to decorate napkins! I would have never thought to do this but love how they turned out. Genius!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Angie!

  2. This is SO clever Mary Beth! I love how the stamped edges resemble a picket fence! All your Easter vignettes and displays are so charming...and now I'm craving mini Cadbury eggs lol! Thanks for inspiring me today 😉

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! Oh, and I am so with you...I love mini Cadbury eggs! xo

  3. This is on my to do list!!! I would actually love it on a shirt!!! Hmmmm…

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That's a great idea, Julie! I may have to try it. xo

  4. Lynne Zemaitis says:

    This is such a fun and creative project! I have never thought to use rubber bands to create a stamp. I love this! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome, Lynne, and thank you!!!

  5. Laurie @ Vinyet Etc says:

    These are gorgeous! I love that it looks like lattice, such a great project for those tired clothe napkins.

  6. Lora Bloomquist says:

    This is so creative; mundane to beautiful! I never would have thought of using rubber bands to make a stamp; so awesome. Kudos on your beautiful photography in this post; love it!

  7. Michelle James says:

    I had no idea you could make your own stamp using rubber bands. This is such a fun idea! The napkins look so pretty and really add a lovely handmade touch. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Happy Spring!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Michelle! xo

  8. Julie Briones says:

    Mary Beth, these are SO pretty! And SO smart how you created these hand-stamped napkins! Love them, and your photos are great, too! Pinned, and so happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this week!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so very much, Julie! xo