We are continuing our tablescaping inspiration this week with Molly Mahon. She is showing us how to print your own napkins for Christmas, with one of our favourite parts of Christmas dinner, the potato! A great and easy way to make Christmas day feel a little more special, and something you can keep bringing out year after year. Find out how right here…
Molly also created a very handy pack with all the instructions from this video to bring it to life at home, keep scrolling to download. We’d love to see your centrepieces too, so please share what you make on social and tag us in #mymonsoon
First slice your potato in half down the length
Trace or draw on your pattern – in this instance a Christmas tree
Then start to cut out around the shape about 1/2cm deep at first.
Then slice away the bits that you do not want to be printed.
Following the guidelines below practise your print on paper first until you have got the hang of the technique and until you are satisfied that you know where you are going to place your block.
With your table covered in newspaper or an old blanket lay out your napkin and either tape or pin it down in place.
Using the brush or stippler, dab an even layer of paint all over the potato
Be confident of where you are going to position your block, commit and press down firmly.
Carefully but confidently lift the potato, et voila! you are off.
Remember to reload your block between every print.
Use scrap paper to catch any of the potato that is printing over the edge of the taped surface to keep a lovely clean work surface.
Hang or lay out to dry the finished piece and once dry set the paint with a hot but dry iron – choose a setting appropriate to the fabric you are printing on.
Smile, be proud and gift or use your beautiful and joyful new napkins.
We’ve got loads more to come! Take a look at our dedicated events blog to complete your festive table here >