One Hour DIY: Spring Napkins

I can't even tell you how happy I am with this week's One Hour DIY. Once again, they were inspired by my quest for the perfect atmosphere for my Easter lunch. I knew that brightly colored napkins would be a great way to bring color to the table and make each setting a little more special. What I didn't know was how simple this undertaking would be--all it takes is plain white cotton napkins and fabric markers. 

The first step is to decide on your pattern. Knowing my track record of changing plans mid-craft I decided to first test out a few different options on paper.

I decided on something simple that I wouldn't tire of by napkin #2. I also knew that I wanted to make two sets of this pattern in different colors. One of my absolute favorite things is mixing colors and prints--I hate when anything is overly matchy. Once I had my pattern and colors picked out it was just a matter of execution. After you finish all your napkins place them in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to cure the ink. I was able to make four in my hour window.

As Tom watched me work my way through the first napkin he remarked that he'd be too stressed out about messing up. I'll tell you what I told him, that's impossible! The imperfections of handmade projects is half their beauty. I love that each napkin has its own variations. That's what makes them so much more interesting than a pack of napkins I would spend $30 on at Bed Bath & Beyond.

I absolutely cannot wait to set my table with these on Sunday. Imagine how great they'll look with these vases! How do you plan to add a personal touch to your Easter celebration? Do you have any crafts planned before the big day? 


  1. Cute idea! Especially if you can't find anything to match your decor for a party!

    1. Thanks so much! I always feel like I just can't quite find the perfect thing--making my own seemed the only solution.