24 In Summer

DIY Shell Print Napkins

Summer is in full swing and I am enjoying every bit of it! Hope you are too! How about making some cute DIY shell print napkins?? In the summer we always have friends over for BBQ’s, so these will be great for a dinner table. But not only for that. They can make cute little place mats or table cloths as well. I chose green because it just fits in with the rest of my decor really well, but I could see these come out really pretty in indigo blue as well.


DIY Shell Print Napkins

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What I have used:

white fabric napkins 40cm x 40cm [15inches]

green acrylic paint or you can use fabric paint of course

[I have used acrylic paint on fabric before and it was the only paint I had at home, so I decided to go with it]

large scallop sea shell

plate & paint brush

tea towel [to put underneath the napkin while printing]


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net



Put a tea towel underneath your napkin or fabric. Lay out the napkin bottom up.

Brush the paint on your shell.

Pick a spot for your print and lift up the napkin and place shell underneath the napkin. This is the right side.

Press down the fabric firmly, rubbing slowly over shell.

Lift up napkin, remove shell and repeat all steps for more prints.


Tip: Don’t brush too much paint on the shell to avoid bleeding through. With little paint, you also won’t have to worry about getting your design messed up when putting down the napkin in between prints. You might get your tea towel stained though, so you will want to use an old one.

Once it’s all completely dry, iron the napkins on the left side up to seal paint and you’re done!


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net


DIY shell print napkins kreativk.net

Are you ready to make your own napkins?? What I love about printing my own napkins or table cloths is, that you can use so many things to print with. Just look around your house and try out what you find on a piece of paper and then get started!!

Anyways, wishing you a great day 😉

Thanks for visiting,




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  • Michele Michael
    16/07/2018 at 19:32

    Katrin – Very Coastal Bohemian. I have to make the. What a great idea for a hostess gift too. Imagine visiting a freinds beach home and bringing this pretty piece.

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:26

      Thank you so much Michele!!

  • Keri
    16/07/2018 at 16:16

    Katrin, what a fun idea to use shells to imprint with. The napkins look wonderful!!

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:26

      Thanks so much Keri!

  • Debbie H
    15/07/2018 at 16:13

    I love this project. You said iron with “left” side up. Did you mean right side?

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:25

      Hi Debbie, Thank you so much!! I ironed it inside out, so the iron wouldn’t touch the paint.

  • Lynne
    15/07/2018 at 15:31

    So pretty! Such a fun and easy project for summer!

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:24

      Yes it is, thanks Lynne!!

  • Ellen
    13/07/2018 at 02:39

    I was coming back to add a note to tell you about how well this worked for me. I had written a comment when this post appeared and I must not have hit post comment. Benjamin and I used scallop shells and fabric paint to print on a table runner for the pool party at my Son’s next weekend. There is one tiny smear, but it makes it more Benjaminy…if you know what I mean! We are very proud of our project and wanted to tell you about it. There are many of your kreations showing up at the Pool-warming Party! Thank-you from Benjamin and his Gem!!

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:23

      Oh that makes me so happy Ellen, I am sure the table runner was a huge hit!! Thank you so much this means a lot!!

  • Sandra L Garth
    12/07/2018 at 00:28

    What a beautiful and easy idea! I also love that it’s wallet-friendly. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:22

      Thanks Sandra!!

  • Marie
    11/07/2018 at 05:30

    These are so pretty, Katrin. Perfect for a picnic at the beach or summer BBQ. Love the color you used too.

    • Katrin
      16/07/2018 at 21:21

      Thank you so much Marie!!

  • Jenny
    10/07/2018 at 13:47

    What a great idea to use real shells. Super cute for summer & the beach. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week.

    • Katrin
      10/07/2018 at 19:13

      Thank you Jenny!

  • Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting
    10/07/2018 at 13:13

    Gasp! What a gorgeous effect with such an easy technique! My kids love shells, so I should try this out with them! Thank you! 🙂 Lisa

    • Katrin
      10/07/2018 at 19:12

      I’m sure kids would have so much fun doing this in all kinds of colors!! Thanks so much Lisa!

  • Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    09/07/2018 at 16:02

    Super cute! I have so many shells that this is a great idea, especially to keep the kids busy this summer.

    • Katrin
      10/07/2018 at 19:11

      Aw Thanks so much Victoria!!!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    09/07/2018 at 15:34

    The napkins are so pretty. I love the idea of using the shell to get the impression. I do have some shells like this so it is something to try.

    • Katrin
      10/07/2018 at 19:11

      Thanks so much Debra. I find that the flatter the shells, the better… if that makes sense 😉

  • Michelle Leslie
    09/07/2018 at 11:10

    Awwww that’s so lovely Katrin, so beachy and cool and it looks like such a fun project to do. Love your shell collection too. We seem to have run out of big shells on our beaches here in South Africa. I don’t know if it’s because they’ve all been picked up or if they just get crushed by the waves.

    • Katrin
      10/07/2018 at 19:11

      Thanks friend, I can’t get enough of beachy decor this season, haha.