I saw napkins like these in a shop the other day, and realized that they would probably be pretty easy to make at home. After some research, I quickly figured out that potato-stamping was the way to go. I had never heard of the technique before, but it was surprisingly easy and exactly what I wanted. It allowed me to carve the exact shape I wanted, and made my napkins truly one of a kind. Here’s how you can potato-stamp your own napkins at home.
Gather supplies. You’ll need: A russet potato, sharp knife, set of napkins, fabric paint, and a foam brush.
Cut the end off of your potato. Then begin to cut your shape – carve into the potato about 1/2″.
Make sure your cuts are crisp and all excess potato is pulled off. Level off stamping surface as much as possible to avoid having big gaps in your stamp.
Brush a thin layer of paint onto your stamp and press firmly onto the napkin. Hold for a couple seconds, and lift off as smoothly as possible.
Allow to dry for several hours before using. As long as you’ve used permanent fabric paint, your napkins should be completely machine washable. Enjoy!