Even though I already celebrated Thanksgiving with my Grandma and fam this past weekend, I still can’t believe the holiday season is here. Crazy. Well with my second Thanksgiving celebration this week, I wanted to add a little festiveness to the Thanksgiving table since I don’t participate in the cooking. That’s what fiancés and mothers are for, right? So I made wishbone stenciled napkins. This is definitely a last minute project you can do to add a personalized touch to the table. If wishbones aren’t your jam, pick another design and follow the instructions.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Wishbone stencil pattern
- Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material OR stencil sheet and repositionable adhesive spray
- Cloth napkin
- Disposable plate
- Fabric paint
- Foam pouncer/brush
- Scrap material
- Silhouette cutting machine + cutting mat or X-acto knife/scissors
- Iron + ironing board
Creating your stencil: In Silhouette Studio, select your design, load stencil material and cutting mat, and send to Silhouette to cut. Peel the stencil from the mat and remove all wish bones. You can place these on wax or parchment paper and save them for another craft.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, print the design on a piece of paper. Trace the design onto a piece of stencil paper. Use scissors or an X-acto knife to cut out the wishbones. Spray adhesive spray on the back of the stencil. Do this in a well ventilated area and on material that won’t be ruined with adhesive spray. Let the stencil dry until tacky.
I went through a little trial and error with the stenciling process. The Silhouette stencil material is quite sticky. This is super awesome for sharp edges and adhering to your material, but it’s tricky when peeling the stencil off the fabric napkin. To fix this, I taped the edges of the napkin to the scrap material. Also, the paint will probably soak through the fabric so if you keep picking up the napkin and putting it down it will pick up any paint that soaked through. Not good. Another trick I found helpful is to use a disappearing ink fabric marker to draw lines on your napkin to help keep the pattern even and in a straight line.
Give the napkins a quick iron to flatten and remove any wrinkles. Be sure to follow the napkin laundering instructions.
Tape your napkin to your scrap material. Start in the corner and place your stencil on to the napkin. Using a foam brush, dip the brush into paint and lightly dab onto the stencil. Depending on your paint, dabbing the foam into the paint and then on to the plate will remove excess paint resulting in a clean design. Carefully peel off the stencil and repeat the paint process on the next row. Depending on your paint, letting the paint dry in between sections or carefully wiping off the excess paint will prevent from paint getting where you don’t want it.