DIY XO Painted Cloth Napkins

February 10, 2015Sarah Khandjian

You don't need to be an artist to make your own Valentine's Day dinner napkins. Use a small angled brush to paint X's and O's all over white cotton napkins.

I kinda have a thing for cloth napkins. Whenever I’m in home decor stores I go straight for the textile section and look for lovely printed napkins. I adore a good pattern and I just love how cloth napkins can make a weekday dinner feel so much more special. It’s an easy entertaining trick that I almost always use when we have friend over for a meal. Since we always opt for a delicious home cooked meal on Valentine’s Day, I dressed up a set of white cotton napkins with some craft paint to create Valentine’s dinner ready napkins.

Grab some craft paint and plain cotton napkins and paint a set of Valentine's Day cloth napkins.

Time: 1 hour
white cotton napkins
– craft paint (I used love bird and camellia pink)
– small angled paint brush

Wash and dry your napkins. Give them a quick press with an iron to remove any wrinkles. Place a scrap piece of fabric under one napkin in case the paint bleeds through. Starting at the top edge, use multi-surface craft paint to paint X’s and O’s in a horizontal line. I found it helpful to use a ruler as a guide as I was painting. Continue painting working your way down one row at a time. You can alternate between different sizes of X’s and O’s to create contrasting designs.

Use a small angled paint brush to paint X's and O's all over store-bought cloth napkins. A cute way to make an at-home Valentine's Day dinner extra special!

If the smaller X’s and O’s are too tedious for you, grab a little bit larger paint brush and paint a larger print. The best part about this project is that you don’t need any painting skills to make a festive set of napkins. And don’t worry if your rows don’t line up perfectly it adds to the charm!

These XO napkins would be perfect for a at-home Valentine's Day dinner or even a galantine's party!

Get some more last minute ideas for your sweetheart on my Valentine’s Day page.


  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    February 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    UUH, dying of cute! This might be my favorite Valentine’s Day craft yet. LOVE it, Sarah!!

  • Amy W

    February 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Love these, so simple! I’m a huge fan of cloth napkins, too! I just did some marbled ones… so in love.

  • Kellie

    June 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

    ? After you paint can they be washed and re used?

    1. Sarah Khandjian

      June 17, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Yes! If you use fabric paint they can be washed again and again as long as you follow the directions on the package and heat set it first!

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