Monday, October 29, 2018

Decoupage Guest Towel Tutorial

Howdy Crafters ~ I have watched several tutorials this weekend on creating Decoupage Napkins for crafting.  One tutorial, use a glue stick, another use Mod Podge, and another was using sandwich plastic wrap with an ironing technique [which did not work for me].  

I first learned about Decoupage Napkins from Ellie-  A Bunk of Junk Design Team - in which I am a Design Team Member.

For me - the glue stick was the winner - but I added extra steps - using my DRY High Heat Iron.

I have Step by Step Photo's and written direction in this post if you wish to create some tags, pages, Journal covers, etc. for crafting using Decorative Paper Napkins. 

 I purchased Decorative napkins/Guest Towels at the Dollar Tree & Party Dollar Stores[ $1 - $1.50 for 12 or more in package].

This is my finished Decoupage Paper Guest Towel Tag
Stamping: TH Bee, Verve Sentiment
Misti - Versafine Black Ink
Sharing with:
October Simon Says Monday Take Flight #2
Here is my Paper Guest Towel/Napkin Tutorial
1.High Setting Dry Iron [make sure you have NO water in your iron]
2.Parchment Paper - 2 pieces
3. Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
[I highly recommend using the purple-color glue stick to help you visually see the application of the glue]
4. Decorative Paper Napkin/Guest Towel - top layer only [you have to separate the top decorative layer from any other added layers - this Guest Towel had 3 layers - I purchased from Dollar Party 16 in package]

5. Cardstock - I used 110 lb I purchased from Sam's Club for this tag, but colors work great if they will show through - with this Guest Towel colors show through. I used blue, and pink so far.
6. Stamp[s] - Optional

7. Tag Die - Optional [you can fussy cut] - make large decoupage and use for journal covers, pages, card fronts.

8. Craft Scissors
This is the Decorative Guest Towel I am using - taken out of the package - 
then I separated the top layer from the other 2 layers
Here is the top layer of the Guest Towel separated & trimmed to the size I wanted
I decided to Iron my Paper Guest Towel first since it was wrinkled
 I have it laying on a piece of Parchment paper on my ironing board
Place another piece of parchment paper on top of the Guest Towel - now I have a sandwich - 
Parchment Paper - The Guest Towel - Parchment Paper
Using a High Setting DRY Iron - iron the sandwich to get wrinkles out of paper napkin
Note: I laid my Trimmed Guest Towel in the lower right corner of white cardstock first [no photo] and used a pencil to trace around it so I could see what area I needed to put my glue. 
This PHOTO above:  Showing how I covered the area with my glue stick -
 get the edges and also the inside area
I started from the bottom of the cardstock - to lay my Guest Towel over the glued area and gently smoothed it - being careful not to tear the Guest Towel - it worked well - no tears.
Do you see I have some portion of the Guest Towel at the top that I did not glue down? 
That is Okay to do that - and a bit of the Guest Towel hangs over the bottom edge as well. 
No rhyme nor reason for this - I just did it that way! he he
Off to the ironing board with this Guest Towel glued to the cardstock
I laid the cardstock on top of the Parchment Paper on my ironing board
Lay the next layer of parchment paper on top of the glued Guest Towel
So there are 3 layers - Parchment Paper, Cardstock with the glue Guest Towel, Parchment Paper
Same Sandwich that was used for ironing the paper Guest Towel before the gluing step.
Use a High Heat DRY Iron to iron your glued Guest Towel - it only takes a few seconds -
 I probably ironed over it 3 - 6 times
This Photo shows that I Fussy Cut around the Ironed Glued Guest Towel
It is now ready to use as a Journal Page, or Journal Insert - or cut some Tags!! 
See my next Photo for the tag prep I did before cutting
I laid the Decoupage completed Guest Towel on my Cuttlebug Plates
 and then positioned my Tag Die in the area I wanted the design to show
I then Trimmed the Napkin before running it through the Cuttlebug
Here it is: The Finished STITCHED Decoupage Tag die cut
Below is the tag I am entering in challenges. I used  Blue Cardstock as the background
Doesn't it look fabulous with a blue background as well?
I stamped on this one after die cutting - it works wonderfully!
Loving this decoupage technique!
More Photos:
Here are 2 Pumpkins I fussy cut from cardstock after using Heat and Bond scraps
to seal the Napkin first- this could be costly -
 I only had a couple scraps of Heat and Bond... these pumpkins turned out fabulous
More Decoupage I did and more to come:
I put tags in my Junk Journals, so these will be added
Love, Love doing this - Fun, Quick and EASY! We like EASY, YES??

Thanks for stopping by - have a blessed day 
[some day I hope to learn how to do video and place them on You Tube - it is on my Bucket List]


  1. This Bee sees & likes the Bee on this unique creation. Not seen the decoupaged technique used like this before.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. These are very interesting. And pretty! Thanks for your sweet comment on my coffee card. I highly recommend Shirley's stamp set ;)

  3. Another beautiful tag and an excellent tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial, looks fantastic and worth all the hard work you put into this.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at the

    October 2018 Anything goes link-up at Just Keep On Creating.

  5. Gorgeous tag and great technique, thanks for sharing! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

  6. I saw your card/tag at Bugaboos new "Yummy" challenge and had to stop in. Love this idea and thanks for the Tut. I've made cards with napkins before but they were really hard to glue down, especially since I did separate the top layer. So, I'm going to save this for future use. [Stop by my blog if you'd like to see how I spend my time. And why I thank God that he gifted us with creativity.]


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