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Glitter Thanksgiving Napkins

These beautiful Glitter Thanksgiving Napkins from Amanda Formaro will add a special look to your holiday tablescape.  Made with glitter paint and some simple stencils, these simple handmade napkins will make your Thanksgiving spread look classy and elegant.

glitter thanksgiving napkins


  • 4 plain linen napkins
  • Stencil daubers or brushes
  • Fabric medium
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Cotton cloth or rag
  • Iron
  • Martha Stewart Multi Surface Glitter Paint Colors:
    •      Brownstone
    •      Sugar Cube
    •      Peridot
    •      Fire Opal
    •      Florentine Gold
    •      Garnet



  1. Wash, dry and iron your napkins. Do NOT use fabric softener. Fabric softener (dryer sheet or liquid) can get into the fibers of your fabric and interfere with the paint adhesion process.
  2. Mix your paint with fabric medium according to the directions on the fabric medium bottle.
  3. Position stencil onto fabric in the corner of the napkin. You can use Painter's Tape to hold the stencil down if you prefer.

    glittered thanksgiving napkins
  4. When stenciling, you do not want to load your dauber with too much paint. In fact, it's best to have some paper towel or craft rag nearby for blotting off the excess paint.
  5. Apply the first layer over the stencil. If you don't seem to be getting enough glitter onto the project, use a plastic dish or paint pallet to dab off excess, some glitter will come off and remain on the pallet. You can "scrape" that glitter up with your dauber and add it to your project.

    glittered thanksgiving napkins

    glittered thanksgiving napkins

  6. Carefully lift stencil and clean it off before using it again.
  7. Create a multicolor affect by layering several different colors of paint onto one design. Use one color for the base and a brighter color around the edges for a bold look.
  8. Allow paint to dry overnight.
  9. The next day you will want to heat set your design. Set iron to appropriate temperature for the fabric your napkins are made from.
  10. Place some undiluted white vinegar into a small spray bottle. Vinegar will help to preserve the color of your design. Hold a clean cotton rag or cloth over your sink and mist it with the vinegar. Do not saturate the cloth, just mist it, and do not spray your painted design directly. Place the damp side of the cloth over the painted design.
  11. Press your iron (do not push the iron back and forth, just press down firmly but gently) over the damp cloth and painted design. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat as needed to cover the entire design.
  12. Wait 5-6 days before washing (hand washing is best).
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This is a really cool technique and I love the glittery leaves! This would look very nice on a table runner or table cloth as well as napkins. What a great hostess gift this would be to,give a set of napkins ... You can modify the color tones to,suit your decor or favorite fall colors! Thanks for sharing a great and creative project idea!

Wow! This is so adorable! Looking at the napkins, who could ever thought that these are only handmade. Dark colors will complement plain white napkins. It would also look nice with some kind of paint, so the glitters would not wash off. I will absolutely make this thanksgiving napkins. What a clever idea!


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