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Learn 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!

KATHY EVANS

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

can i do this on a plastic container

Amy

Saturday 30th of April 2022

You’ll need to test the plastic first with a small square of paper or fabric. Mod Podge the paper/fabric down and let it dry for 15 minutes. If it peels off really easily, it’s not going to work.

If it is more difficult to peel off, then you should be safe to Mod Podge the item. You’ll still be able to peel off the Mod Podged paper/fabric, so don’t worry about ruining the surface.

Items coated with a polymer, like Teflon, are too slick.

Pj Wade

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I just decoupaged napkins in a wooden tray. They look good but don’t I need to put a coat of mod Podge over them now to make them waterproof??

Amy

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

Hi PJ! I've got a post for you with all the info: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/is-mod-podge-waterproof/

Holly

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

I love tissue paper with so many designs and colors. BUT I’m giving up it seems like my work always looks sloppy and bubbly. Rrrrrrr 😞

Amy

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Tissue paper is harder for sure! Takes some practice! I recommend trying the iron on method. Check out YouTube!

Flash stevens

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

How do you prevent wrinkles on a oval object. Egg or ball??

Amy

Thursday 17th of February 2022

I cut darts in curved areas like you would on a garment. Basically cutting a triangle shape and then joining those two lines. If there is a pattern it won't be perfect but it will look better than wrinkles.

Jean

Sunday 9th of January 2022

New to decoupage. Thanks for making it easy to follow.

Connie

Friday 11th of February 2022

@Amy, would the pot be water proof so you can put it outside?

Amy

Monday 10th of January 2022

My pleasure!

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