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Stenciled Napkins and Table Runner

Creating these stenciled napkins and table runners is a quick, easy, and affordable way to dress up your Thanksgiving table.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008



Martha used a "Nubby Table Runner" from Pottery Barn, "Jura Cocoa" napkins from Crate and Barrel, and waterproof map-making ink-jet paper (11-by-17 inches) from


  • Map-making paper

  • Scissors

  • Ramie table runner

  • Linen napkins

  • Sea sponge

  • Fabric paint


  1. Download, enlarge 122 percent, and print the turkey and cornucopia templates onto map-making paper. Cut out the templates to use as stencils.

  2. Place stencil on ramie table runner. Use a slightly damp sea sponge to dab on fabric paint.

  3. To stencil the napkin, first fold it to determine the proper placement of the design. Fold the napkin in fours to create a diamond. Fold top point under, 1/3 of the way down. Fold sides under, overlapping them.

  4. Place stencil on folded napkin. Use a slightly damp sea sponge to dab on fabric paint, just as you did with the table runner.

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