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May 13, 2011

CREATE: Watermelon Napkins

To coordinate with my Picnic Parade party theme, I handmade these watermelon napkins. I am definitely not a good sewer yet, so I used fabric glue, but you could easily sew everything instead. The entire project was quick and easy, it takes less than 15 minutes to make one napkin.

1. Scissors
2. Fabric glue or white thread & sewing needle
3. Black standard size cloth napkin
4. Red and white checkered fabric
5. Spool of 1 1/2 inch green ribbon
6. Green acrylic craft paint
7. Small paint brush
8. Spool of 1/2 inch white zig zag/rick rack ribbon
9. Small black buttons (Qty. 24)
Step 1: Glue a piece of red and white checkered fabric in the middle of the black napkin and leave a thin edge all around the outer perimeter.

Step 2: Glue the green ribbon around the outer perimeter of the black napkin. Fold corners as neatly as possible.
Step 3: Using a darker green acrylic craft paint and paint brush, paint random thin and thick vertical stripes on the green ribbon. 
Step 4: Glue the white zig zag/rick rack ribbon on the inner edge of the green ribbon, cut at each corner.

Step 5: Place the small black buttons in a random pattern in all four corners of the napkin to mimic watermelon seeds. Glue the buttons in place.
For a napkin ring, try using a wooden watermelon slice, ribbon bow or an ant clip. Here are photos from my Picnic Parade party for ideas on how to display your new watermelon napkins and visit my shop for the matching printable party designs!


  1. Thank you for sharing the steps.I prefer sewing all the edges of the napkin. Thanks!


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