After borrowing from the tree in our front yard for my Painted Twig Vase, I couldn’t resist doing something with our tree’s leaves as well. These leaf stamped napkins were the perfect solution, and are one more way to bring a little nature inside your home this fall!
I know I pretty much always say “this project was so easy” but the fact is – they are! I don’t have time to put into a complicated DIY (hello, my bathroom remodel is going on a year) and I’m pretty sure neither do you. So if you’re looking for a simple way to “fall-itize” your table this season, these leaf stamped napkins are for you.
To start, tap into the little hunter/gatherer inside of you and forage for leaves throughout your yard or neighborhood. Grab a variety of styles and sizes – you never know what you’re going to like best!
Choose a leaf and turn it over so the more veiny side is facing up.
Dot craft paint on each leaf. I wanted to go with brown paint for this project but decided a little sparkle wouldn’t hurt, so I opted for a metallic brown paint.
Brush paint across back of the leaf using a brush. I found a roller doesn’t distribute enough paint, so a brush is your better option.
Turn leaf over and carefully position it on your cloth napkin however you’d like it.
Lay a paper towel over the leaf. This will ensure your rolling pin doesn’t get paint on it which could transfer to other spots on your napkin, making a mess of your project.
Firmly roll over your leaf, transferring the paint to your napkin.
Gently lift leaf from napkin – and you’re done!
I recommend practicing on an old cloth napkin prior to trying this stamping technique on your final napkins. This will allow you to test out a variety of leaves to see how they transfer, as well as get a good idea of how much paint to apply for the look you’re going for.
See! Wasn’t that easy?
I opted to use this leaf stamping technique on napkins, but it would also look beautiful on a runner or tablecloth. It’s the perfect to bring add a little fall to your dining room table this upcoming season.
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