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.
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.
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
- Block of wood
- Rubber bands - you can get these from Amazon but they are much less expensive at Walmart of Dollar Tree
- Craft paint brush
- Fabric or Craft paint
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
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!
Thank you so much, Angie!
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 😉
Thank you so much, Cindy! Oh, and I am so with you...I love mini Cadbury eggs! xo
This is on my to do list!!! I would actually love it on a shirt!!! Hmmmm…
That's a great idea, Julie! I may have to try it. xo
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!
You're welcome, Lynne, and thank you!!!
These are gorgeous! I love that it looks like lattice, such a great project for those tired clothe napkins.
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!
Using a rubber band to get the print you wanted was smart. The end result is darling.
I would love it if you would share this at my Friday With Friends link party: https://myhubbardhome.com/friday-with-friends-advancing-into-spring-link-party/
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!
Thank you, Michelle! xo
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!
Thank you so very much, Julie! xo