Printed Napkins for the Christmas Table

Do you fancy designer napkins adorning your Christmas table this year?  How about your own little designer creating a unique work of art on a napkin like this?


All you need are brushes & paint (preferably fabric paint), potatoes, cookie cutters, & napkins.

We found these napkins on eBay for around 50p each. For frugal alternatives check out secondhand stores & charity shops, or have a hunt for any spare cotton/linen fabric which could be cut into napkins.

We sliced our potatoes in half & pushed in our cookie cutters.

Using a sharp knife I cut around the cookie cutter (while it was still in the potato) to create the raised shape we would use for printing.

We spread the napkin out (with a plastic bag underneath to prevent the paint damaging any surfaces) & Minnie got printing with our homemade stampers. (We pressed the cut potato shape onto a tea towel first to absorb some of the moisture before applying the paint.)

Green fingerprints finished off the design & we left the napkins to dry.

It's lovely to think these will be discovered by our guests at the dinning table on Christmas Day!

Designer napkins created by a 3yr old! And a neat gift to take away too! Instead of using potato prints, how about getting creative with paintbrushes, sponge shapes or hand prints!

Lots of opportunity to explore creativity, design, pattern , number, colour, & manipulation of objects, & an alternative experience to paint/print on fabric.