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Hostess Gift: DIY Polka Dot Napkins

2013 November 21

Are you hosting or attending your Thanksgiving dinner this year? Whether you’re looking for a little something to help spruce up the table or for a gift to show your gratitude to your hostess, this quick & easy project is sure to do the trick!

DIY Polka Dot Napkins

This year our Thanksgiving table will be adorn with these DIY Polka Dot Napkins in gold and white.

DIY Polka Dot Napkin Tutorial

Here’s what you need to make these Polka Dot Napkins:
Napkins (we used Natural by Threshold at Target)
Metallic Gold & White Fabric Paint
Pencil with a fresh eraser

Polka dot napkin tutorial

Step1: Unfold your napkins, setting onto a piece of cardboard or foamboard to avoid your paint bleeding through onto your furniture. (Keep the creases to use as guidelines as you add the dots).
Step 2: Using a fresh pencil eraser, begin adding the dots to the napkins, working your way from the top left corner over the the right with even spaces between each dot.

DIY Polka Dot Napkins

photos by Marisa Mangum

Step 3: Start your second row about 1-2 inches below the first with your dots lining up within the gaps of the ones above. Repeat these steps until you have filled your entire napkin with dots.
Step 4: Allow to dry completely before using on your table or wrapping in a bow and gifting away!

Note: Follow directions on fabric paint bottle about washing. You may need to wash napkins prior to painting.

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Marisa Mangum

Marisa Mangum

DIY Contributor, blogs at Marisa Makes
Graphic designer, crafter, and coffee officianado. The glue gun behind the DIY column.
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18 Responses Post a comment
  1. November 21, 2013

    How cute (and easy) are these?! I love the gold polka dots.

  2. November 21, 2013

    These are perfect!

  3. November 21, 2013

    Marisa! These photos look great! I love these napkins!!

  4. November 21, 2013

    These are so so pretty. I love everything with dots. I just think about if I do this for christmas. I think it will be pretty perfect too because this year my christmas deco etc I will use the colors gold, silver and white. Thank you so much for this amazing DIY.
    xo, Petra

  5. November 21, 2013

    These are so beautiful! I definitely want to make them. We have Thanksgiving at my Granny’s house every year, and I think these would make a great hostess gift for her!

  6. November 21, 2013

    Thank you all for the kind words! I loved this project.. So easy for any level of crafter. I hope you do make them so we can see! 🙂

  7. November 21, 2013

    What a lovely idea! I love your simple DIY’s!

  8. November 21, 2013

    This would be a perfect hostess gift, but I want to keep them for myself for the holidays! what a fun DIY! 🙂

  9. November 26, 2013

    These are just perfect! I think I may do some for our home too!

  10. December 12, 2013

    What a great idea! I will be using this for gifts for my co-workers. Thanks!

  11. November 4, 2014

    Hi! wich paint is it? Acrylic? thanks!

  12. November 18, 2014

    this is sooo pretty! and so simple to do, so this might be the D.I.Y. x-mas gift I´ve planned to REALLY do this year…like baking cookies… ; )

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