How To Use Napkins for Decopatch Crafts...
We actually prefer using napkins to decopatch paper as we think you get a better range of colours and designs. Napkins are also thicker than decopatch papers, giving you a better intensity of colour. The 'decopatch' craft ideas from our Sunflower Summer inspiration area are made using napkins, take a look!
Napkins with several designs in one are perfect for achieving a patchwork look. Some napkins have a big emblem in the centre with patterns around it. Why not use the patterns to decopatch and then cut out the emblem and use as a feature!
If you buy a big pack of napkins you can use any leftovers for your next barbeque or party!
We've chosen a few of our favourite napkins below but there's plenty more to choose from! There's mixed bulk packs too, ideal for craft sessions.
- Paper mache, styrofoam and wood are our favourite bases for this technique. We have a huge variety of shapes to choose from on our site.
- If you use paper mache or wood, we recommend painting your base with a coat of white paint before you start. This will make sure that the colour stays true. Acrylic paint is best for this as it's generally a matt colour. Make sure the paint is dry before you start pasting the napkin on.
- Rip the napkin into pieces and paste them on, as you would with decopatch. When using a 3-ply napkin we tend to use two sheets, the one with the design and the white one below it.
- Gloss decopatch glue is the perfect way to give your project a shine. Matt glue will do the opposite. If you are using this technique on something that is likely to get wet, a tea tray for example, make sure that you use a waterproof gloss or decopatch glue.
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