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Paint your own decorative napkins

Want to set your table with a little DIY attitude? Give white cloth napkins a colourful, custom boost. Check out this simple guide for stencilled napkins that’ll leave guests thinking you’re DIY royalty.
Table decoration ideas can be as simple as customizing linen napkins. You can paint a gold-diamond stencil on a white GULLMAJ napkin from IKEA. Then place it over a white bowl and plates on a gold and white placemat.
What you’ll need:
GULLMAJ napkins
White paper
Black felt tip pen
Sheet of clear plastic
Utility knife
Chopping board
Fabric paint
To make diamond-shaped fabric stencils and paint GULLMAJ linen napkins from IKEA, you will need a wooden chopping board, utility knife, gold paint in a bowl, a piece of paper with the pattern, a white napkin, a paint roller and a sheet of plastic.
Step 1 Draw a pattern on a piece of paper. Think basic shapes and big sections. We chose a diamond as it’s simple to draw and matched our royal theme. Use a black felt tip pen to colour in thick lines, so it’s easier to see.
The second step of painting fabric stencils on a GULLMAJ white cloth napkin from IKEA is to cut the stencil. Put the patterned paper and plastic sheet on a wooden chopping board. Cut with a utility knife.
Step 2 Place a sheet of plastic on a chopping board. Lay the paper on top. With a utility knife, cut the pattern through the paper and plastic. A ruler helps for super-straight edges. Tape can help keep the sheets in place. Discard the paper.
A little DIY goes a long way to make custom, decorative napkins using white GULLMAJ cloth napkins from IKEA. The third step is to place the cut-out plastic stencil on the napkin. Then use a roller to apply fabric paint onto the napkin.
Step 3 Place the plastic sheet on top of the napkin. (We lined it up with a corner to emphasize the diamond’s geometric shape.) Put some fabric paint in a bowl. Use a roller to apply paint to the napkin. Let dry.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Made by
Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Photographer: Mats Ekdahl