DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins


DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year I’m actually prepared. I have my menu all written out, I have my recipes written, I have a proper head count. Who am I? I don’t even know anymore.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing quite a bit of Thanksgiving recipes. For my first Thanksgiving-ish post, I teamed up with Canon and their PIXMA MG7120 printer to create some fun (and easy!) napkins for your dinner table.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

The stuff you’ll need to get started:

1. Scissors
2. An exacto knife
3. A mini-paint roller
4. (4″ x 6″) Iron-on Transfer Sheets
5. Acrylic paint in the color of choice (I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paint in the color “Mace”)
6. One potato (this will be your stamp!)
7. Fall objects like persimmons, mini pumpkins, dahlias, etc.
8. Plain dinner napkins (I used these from World Market)

Start by taking photos of your cute fall objects. Since the PIXMA can print via your mobile device, I found super easy to just take the photos from my phone.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

I changed the picture to black and white and then used their app PIXMA Printing Solutions to print out the picture onto 4″ x 6″ iron-on transfer sheets. The app couldn’t be simpler to use and it’s particularly awesome because you can print multiple pictures at once.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

Next, the printing! The printer’s sounds made Amelia’s head do that tilting thing that dogs do when they’re super confused. When I showed her the pretty pictures she understood, though.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

Then, using my scissors I cut out each of the photos. I placed the photo where I’d want it and then flipped it over. I took my iron and set it on the setting that reads “cotton/linen” and with the steam option OFF (very important!). I ironed over the entire photo, moving the iron from side to side for about 30-40 seconds.

I peeled the photo off revealing the cute lil’ persimmon!

In my brain I wanted each photo to be surrounded by hand-stamped geometric shapes. I went to the craft store looking for a simple triangular stamp. Umm..they don’t exist! I found the most intricate of stamps. I’m talking stamps of Santa conversing with his reindeers mid-sentence but no simple stamps.

So, here I am, cutting a potato with my exacto knife to make a stamp. It was actually pretty easy.

Instead of dipping the “stamp” into a puddle of paint, I rolled it on for more of an even distribution.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

Next, I stamped away. I did a few different patterns of triangles. I think my favorite is the one with the dahlias.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

Here they are all finished…

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

And that’s it! Super simple.

Can I be honest? Before this I didn’t have a printer. If someone emailed me and said I needed to print something out, sign it, scan it and send it back, it felt like they were asking me to climb Mount Everest.

I’m psyched because this printer does it ALL. It prints high-quality photos from your computer or phone, acts as a scanner and even makes copies. I mean, you need nothing else. It’s made my life SO much easier. And I can make cute napkins and print out actual pictures, which I feel like we never do anymore. Total bonus.

DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins //

[This post is brought to you by Canon. Discover more about PIXMA Printing Solutions here.]

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  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe November 8, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I love creating lovely DIYs, especially around the Holidays, it makes my house and my table feel much more cozy and welcoming! I’ll be making these cute napkins for sure!

    xo, Elisa

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Me too! The holidays definitely make me a bit more crafty! 🙂

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker November 8, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I can not remember that last time I did the potato stamp print! Maybe as a kid
    This is such a crafty and pretty way of making a festive table.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I think the last time I did was in third grade! It surprisingly works so well!

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen November 8, 2013 at 5:48 am

    oh they look so beautiful! what an adorable addition to your thanksgiving table 🙂
    the hobbit kitchen x

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks November 8, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I. freaking. love. this. to. dayeath.

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Seriously. I’ve said it once and will say it again. You could seriously give Martha Stewart a run for her money. You are SO good at crafty things!! Like, I would buy these.

    Also, if you’re looking for entertainment involving pets and printers, check out youtube. There’s one involving a cat that makes me crack up every.time.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Haha. I’m not sure about that but thank you! I’m gonna do more crafts for the holidays. Super excited!

      Will definitely look up recommended video. She thinks the printer is the scariest thing ever.

  • Reply Ali @ Inspiralized November 8, 2013 at 6:58 am

    You are adorable, I want to sit at that table!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jennifer L November 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I absolutely love the look!

  • Reply Erin Phraner (@erinphraner) November 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

    LOVE this DIY—can’t believe how easy this seems considering the quality of the final product! Must try asap. Brilliant per usual 🙂 xox

  • Reply Nicole November 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Um, these are so dang cute! And I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one that never prints things! I have a printer at home, but I haven’t printed anything at home in probably 6 years!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Well I’ve been a printing maniac for the past few weeks. I kinda love it now! 🙂

  • Reply sandra November 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    what a great way to make a personal statement in your decor. I love the photo transfers. Does any printer take them? Or do you require the Cannon Pixma?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Thank you! Hmm…I feel like any printer would print the photo. The downside would be that the photo might not print to a very good quality? I’d recommend using a printer that has photo-printing capabilities.

  • Reply Rebecca November 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Super lovely DIY 🙂 Looks so simple and yet great results! Doubt that mine would look so great 😛
    take care 🙂 rebecca

  • Reply Holly Henderson November 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    The dahlia is my fave too. Very cool process!

  • Reply dervla November 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    seriously, this is super cute!!

  • Reply Stevi November 9, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Whaaaat, no pears were used???

    No, seriously- very beautiful.

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I seriously love the idea of using a potato as a stamp!

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  • Reply jessica November 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I was just looking for fabric napkins, now I HAVE to do this little DIY for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply AM November 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Who are you and what have you done with Heather Armstrong?

  • Reply Freestlz November 24, 2013 at 5:56 am

    My OCD is really freaking out about that pink triangle. Why is it pink? Why would you do that to me?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Haha! It’s a lil’ rogue pink triangle! I thought it was cute. Sorry to ruin your Sunday!

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  • Reply November 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Really nice 😉 I love how you did it

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    I love the photo transfers.