I need to start off by saying that this year has marked the year of my obsession with stripes. I am not sure why I love them as much as I do but anything remotely nautical or preppy has me over the moon in love. So I have been dreaming of doing a Nautical 4th of July series for this year.
And I am kicking it off today. Hooray!
I really wanted to use striped napkins this year but could not find any. And so they kind of turned into an unexpected DIY project. I could not find any fabric anywhere with the stripes I wanted and the ones I found retailed at $14 each. Gah! So I figured a little fabric paint and inexpensive white napkins would do the trick. So a tutorial was born!
What you need: White napkins, red and blue fabric paint, masking tape (or painters tape), paint brush, number stencils, cardboard or poster board.
1. Iron your napkin and lay it flat on top of cardboard or poster board.
2. Carefully place one strip of tape the length of the top of the napkin. Do the same thing right underneath it with another line of tape.
3. I wanted the first stripe to be painted red so I removed the top strip of tape and placed it directly under the second one. Then I placed another strip of tape underneath that and removed the one above it again.
This is how you create your stripes all the way down.
It also helps that the tape stabilizes the napkin onto your poster board.
Now start painting the exposed white lines your red color. Once dry, peel your tape strip to reveal your fun, striped napkin!
My goal was to make the napkins look like a sailboat sail so I stenciled 0704 (July 4th) onto each corner of the napkin with a midnight blue color.
They ended up really cute! Or like a preppy prisoners uniform. Awesome! :)
A photo tutorial would have been close to impossible so here's a great link at animated knots for making a monkey's fist knot with great step by step photos.
I have more ideas to share with you over the next few weeks until July 4th.
Stay tuned my beautiful friends!