Table manners: How to make DIY wall art from napkins

Don’t you love a savvy decorating deal? This weekend, I picked up a three-pack of super-fun pillowcases for $9.99, which I’ll refashion into window valances for my daughter’s bedroom. Score! Sometimes, you just never know where your next decorating inspiration will come from. Like today’s tutorial to make wall art from napkins. DIY wall art that’s easy, inexpensive, and made from table napkins? Score!

DIY wall art

You can make these three pieces of wall art for less than $20!

Next time you’re out browsing at Target, TJ Maxx or Marshalls, sort through the display of table linens. You can find beautiful cloth napkins for as little as $1.99 each and at 20” (or so) square, they are the perfect size to fashion wall art. Depending on your budget, you can find some beauties at a high-end store like Anthropologie, where a four-pack of cloth napkins costs about $24.00. While that might be pricey for napkins, it’s a bargain price for four pieces of wall art.

Here’s how I made the Green Polka Dot Wall Art:

  1. Cut a 1” x 12” x 36” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into three, 1” x 12” x 12” squares. (The dental floss technique works like a charm.)
  2. Wrap each foam square in a napkin, just like you’re wrapping a package. Take extra care around the corners to be sure they’re square.
  3. Pin the excess fabric to the back. The pins will hold just fine, but you can secure the fabric to the back with a bit of glue, too.
  4. Hang them on your wall with poster putty – no nail holes! You can also use sawtooth picture hangers; be sure to put a dab of glue on the nails before inserting them into the foam.
  5. Done!

(Here’s a tutorial to make the Hydrangea Spheres, too.)

DIY hydrangea balls

Complete your vignette with hydrangea pomanders.

There’s one more reason why I love this idea – when you’re tired of the look, it’s so easy to remove the napkins and recover your foam “canvas” in a new napkin design. You could redo your artwork to match a new tablecloth, new paint, or even the holidays.

For example, you want to switch from green to another color?  Here’s a variation, using the same napkin in red (we call it by the very unoriginal name of Red Polka Dot Wall Art).  I think the Brown Wall Dots are a fun accent, too, and these are simply discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam covered in paper, with ribbon wrapped around the side.

easy DIY Wall Art

The Brown Wall Dots add a lot of interest and coordinate with the polka dots in the napkins.

So, what do you think? Would you hang table napkins on your wall?

Happy crafting!


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6 Responses to Table manners: How to make DIY wall art from napkins

  1. marilyn says:

    These are beautiful additions to your rooms…really make each of them come alive! 😀

  2. Maria says:

    This is a great idea! Clean and modern, love it!

  3. i would use napkins as wall art – yup!
    i will keep this idea in mind. i want to re-decorate my kitchen and i’m looking for ideas. 🙂

  4. Katiria says:

    We tried this look a few years back with just painting the styrofoam circles in a pastel yellow. It didn’t occur to me to wrap it in a napking or even a pillow case, that’s clever! We kept it up for a while but our styles changed and we took them down. My son used them as a base for project he did for school 😉 nothing gets thrown away here, LOL

  5. Birgit says:

    If I ever come across table napkins in southwestern design, they will definitely go up on my wall! Great idea. 🙂

    Happy creating,

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