Summer is a time for celebrations, sun, and (hopefully) more time for crafting. These celebrations don’t have mean excess waste for you though. Cloth napkins are an excellent way to save money, save the planet, and prevent mounds of trash for you after a gathering. That doesn’t mean you can’t have something cute and festive to use, though. Even better, they also don’t have to cost you a fortune. These simple stamped patriotic cloth napkins are perfect for summer BBQ’s and celebrations.
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- Multipack of White Flour Sack Cloth Towels
- Red and Blue Fabric Paint
- Patriotic Stamps (Here is the Tim Holtz flag stamp pictured)
- Paint Brush (optional)
Cut your towels into fourths. If you would like you can hem the edges, but I like the look of the rough edges so I chose not to. (Don’t worry; they still hold up great even if you don’t hem them.)
- We have been using these for a year now and they are still holding up great despite many washing and 3 rambunctious kids using them!
Dip your stamps in the fabric paint and stamp onto towel.
- It is easier to control your paint if you use a paintbrush to apply it to the stamps, especially the flag. This will let you place the separate colors where you choose. If you’re not worried about it, you can simply dip your stamp.
- If you notice, I chose to do one flag and a bunch of stars. Feel free to change it up and do whatever pattern you want. You will notice a difference in the ones I stamped and the ones the kiddos did.
Allow your paint to dry completely.
- If you let your children help with this project, the napkins that they stamp will take probably take longer to dry. Kids tend to stamp the paint on thicker.
Once your napkins are completely dry, run them through the dryer on medium or high heat for a full cycle. This will help set the paint.
One you have set the paint, you can wash and dry them as usual. Next, just use at your next gathering and enjoy!
The stamps you choose to use can vary the look of these greatly. I like the messy look of the Tim Holtz stamp because it reminds me of all our flag has been through. If you want a cleaner look, choose a flag stamp with large, clear lines. These patriotic napkins are so simple to make that you can get the kiddos involved in making them. Kids will love using a napkin that they helped create and they will be happy to show them off at your summer parties. Want more fun patriotic crafts? Take a look at these DIY Patriotic Crafts to get your fix!