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How to Decoupage Napkins (Tips & Tricks!)

It’s a lot easier to decoupage napkins to surfaces than you think! Learn how to do it with Mod Podge – tips, tricks, and a video included.

How to decoupage napkins

Are you ready to decoupage napkins? Some crafters think that decoupage with napkins can be difficult . . . and there is a learning curve.

But I’m here to tell you that if you have a little bit of patience and determination, you’ll learn to decoupage napkins in no time!

Why Decoupage Napkins?

  1. Napkins are inexpensive to purchase
  2. They come in beautiful designs
  3. You can achieve delicate projects that have a different look than scrapbook paper or fabric can provide

You can see the types of projects you can do in our article decoupage ideas with napkins. The results are truly beautiful and unlike any other medium!

It's a lot easier to decoupage napkins to surfaces than you think! Learn how to do it with Mod Podge - tips, tricks, and a video included.

Once you learn to decoupage with napkins, you’re going to be hooked! I want to share a bit of the process with you and some tips gathered from my Getting Crafty with Mod Podge group on Facebook.

  1. Separate the napkin layers before beginning. This means peel the (typically) white layer off the back of the front layer. You can gently rub the layers together to separate or use a piece of Scotch tape in one corner and pull.
  2. You can cut or tear your images. The way to tear them is to use a detail brush, dip it in water, and trace around the part of the image that you want to save. The napkin will easily pull away.
  3. Place Mod Podge on the surface of the item and then place the napkin (or portion of napkin design) down on top. Use a piece of plastic wrap on top to smooth the image. This will help you smooth the napkin down without tearing. Work on smoothing from the middle out.
  4. Alternatively, some use hair spray on their napkins before decoupage. Spray with several coats of hair spray, let dry, and then Mod Podge your napkin as usual.
  5. Pressure of your brush is crucial. Don’t be light as you’re just weakening the napkin, and don’t be rough as you will tear your napkin. Practice and patience are key!
  6. Always do a light sanding and varnishing at the end of your project. Sand until it is smooth.

One of my favorite alternate methods for decoupaging napkins to tile coasters comes from Pat Rhoads in the Facebook group: “If putting a napkin on a tile coaster, put down Mod Podge, wait for it to dry and iron the napkin on. Will be wrinkle free!”

Pat uses teflon sheets between the napkins and the iron, but suggests you could also use parchment paper or a thin towel instead.

Yield: 1 project

Decoupage Napkins

It's a lot easier to decoupage napkins to surfaces than you think! Learn how to do it with Mod Podge - tips, tricks, and a video included.

Learn how to decoupage with napkins using these simple tips!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Napkins
  • Mod Podge
  • Scotch tape

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Separate the napkin layers before beginning. This means peel the (typically) white layer off the back of the front layer. You can gently rub the layers together to separate or use a piece of Scotch tape in one corner and pull.
  2. You can cut or tear your images. The way to tear them is to use a detail brush, dip it in water, and trace around the part of the image that you want to save. The napkin will easily pull away.
  3. Place Mod Podge on the surface of the item and then place the napkin (or portion of napkin design) down on top. Use a piece of plastic wrap on top to smooth the image. This will help you smooth the napkin down without tearing. Work on smoothing from the middle out.
  4. Alternatively, some use hair spray on their napkins before decoupage. Spray with several coats of hair spray, let dry, and then Mod Podge your napkin as usual.
  5. Pressure of your brush is crucial. Don't be light as you're just weakening the napkin, and don't be rough as you will tear your napkin. Practice and patience are key!
  6. Always do a light sanding and varnishing at the end of your project. Sand until it is smooth.

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Are you ready to decoupage napkins? Check out the videos below!

These are crafters’ favorite places to buy napkins for decoupage:

What questions or tips do you have in regards to napkin decoupage? Let me know in the comments!

Danielle

Tuesday 17th of January 2023

A set of my napkins have embossing around the napkin and on the actual design am using. How do i get rid of them ?

Amy

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Hi Danielle! Great question. I would try ironing them. Medium heat, no steam. You can put a piece of paper or ironing cloth over the top if you like.

Tammy

Saturday 12th of November 2022

When you use hairspray to stiffen and strengthen napkin, what surface or material do you lay the napkin on while spraying and drying napkin. I tried a silicone mat and the napkin didn't life properly. Mostly just shredded.

I'm new at decoupage and I have watched many videos, etc. And I still get wrinkles or the medium I use tears. Please help me, Desperate in Alabama.

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

Hi Tammy! You don't want to soak the napkin so you shouldn't need something to lay it on. Also you don't really need to use the hairspray in this instance. Hairspray is used so ink doesn't bleed. Check out this tutorial: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/wood-thanksgiving-decor/ It will be helpful to you. No hairspray used!

Charmain

Saturday 5th of November 2022

Love the video! Very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks!!

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

Thank you for reading!

Jennifer

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

I think people who decoupage must be happy people to put up with snide comments in such a positive manner. 🙂 Thank you for the encouraging and informative posting and video. I might actually try decoupaging.

Lynne

Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Why Do you have to separate the ply?

Amy

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Because it will definitely rumple up and look very wrinkled - the layers won't flatten out together. Good question!

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