How to Make DIY Cyanotype Cotton Napkins

Mar 28, 2022

Welcome to The Poker Club at West Houston's blog, where we share creative DIY projects to help you add a personal touch to your home. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of creating stunning cyanotype cotton napkins. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that results in beautiful blue tones, giving your napkins a unique and artistic look.

Getting Started

Before embarking on your cyanotype cotton napkin project, gather the necessary materials. You will need:

  • White cotton napkins
  • Cyanotype fabric solution
  • A brush for applying the solution
  • A container for mixing the solution
  • Glass or acrylic sheets for holding down the napkins
  • A sunny spot for exposing the napkins
  • Water for rinsing the napkins
  • Laundry detergent
  • A clothesline or rack for drying the napkins

Preparing the Solution

Begin by preparing the cyanotype fabric solution. Follow the instructions provided with the solution, as the specific mixing ratios may vary depending on the brand. Wear protective gloves and mix the chemicals in the designated container, ensuring proper ventilation. Stir the solution until fully combined.

Coating the Napkins

Lay your white cotton napkins on a flat surface. Using a brush, gently apply an even coat of the cyanotype fabric solution to both sides of the napkins. Ensure that the entire surface is covered, but be careful not to oversaturate. The solution needs to be evenly distributed for the best results.

Exposing the Napkins

Find a sunny spot, preferably outdoors, to expose your coated napkins. Place the napkins on a clean surface, covered with a sheet of glass or acrylic to hold them down. This ensures good contact between the napkins and the solution. Leave the napkins exposed to sunlight for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the fabric turns a faint shade of blue.

Rinsing and Drying

Once the desired exposure time has passed, carefully remove the glass or acrylic sheets from the napkins. Rinse the napkins under running water, gradually increasing the water flow to remove any unexposed solution. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear.

Fill a container with water and add a small amount of laundry detergent. Gently agitate the napkins in the soapy water to remove any residual chemicals. Rinse again with clean water to remove all traces of detergent.

Hang the napkins on a clothesline or rack to dry. Make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight during this process, as it may cause fading. Once dry, you can iron the napkins for a crisp finish, if desired.

Adding Creativity

To enhance the artistic appeal of your cyanotype cotton napkins, consider experimenting with different objects or techniques during the exposure process. You can use various items, such as leaves or lace, to create intricate patterns on the napkins. Simply place the objects on the coated fabric prior to exposing them to the sunlight. This will result in beautifully detailed prints on your napkins.


Creating DIY cyanotype cotton napkins is a fun and rewarding project that allows you to incorporate your personal style into your table decor. The Poker Club at West Houston encourages you to unleash your creativity and experiment with different designs and patterns. Impress your guests with these unique and artistic napkins that reflect your individuality.

For more DIY ideas and inspiration, visit The Poker Club at West Houston's blog. We're here to help you elevate your home with creative, personalized touches.

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Nov 9, 2023
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Nov 6, 2023
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Nov 4, 2023
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The practicality of adding an artistic touch to everyday items like napkins is so appealing.
Oct 26, 2023
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Excited to give this a try and see the magical results!
Oct 21, 2023
Love this DIY project! Can't wait to try it out for myself!
Oct 16, 2023
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It's wonderful to see DIY projects that incorporate art and nature.
Oct 15, 2023
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The blend of art and functionality in this DIY project is what makes it so compelling to me.
Oct 14, 2023
Mark Ramirez
The concept is so intriguing; it's like bringing a touch of the outdoors to the dining table.
Oct 7, 2023
Jason Terpko
Such a creative way to add a personal touch to table settings.
Oct 7, 2023
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Love these DIY napkins! 😍🎨
Oct 5, 2023
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This DIY project seems like a unique and therapeutic way to unleash creativity.
Oct 1, 2023
Timothy Johnson
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Sep 23, 2023
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Sep 17, 2023
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Sep 14, 2023
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Sep 2, 2023
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Aug 28, 2023
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Jul 25, 2023
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I'm looking forward to the satisfaction of crafting something beautiful and functional with my own hands.
Jul 18, 2023
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Jul 16, 2023
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Jul 11, 2023
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Jul 7, 2023
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Jul 7, 2023
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Jul 6, 2023
Mar Rej
Thanks for sharing the process in such a detailed manner. It's truly appreciated.
Jul 4, 2023
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The idea of creating personalized cyanotype napkins as gifts for friends is now on my to-do list!
Jul 1, 2023
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Jun 26, 2023
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Jun 26, 2023
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Jun 19, 2023
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Jun 14, 2023
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Jun 13, 2023
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Jun 2, 2023
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May 17, 2023
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May 8, 2023
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May 7, 2023
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Apr 28, 2023
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Apr 26, 2023
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The idea of hand-crafting personalized napkins is such a delightful way to add character to the dining experience.
Apr 17, 2023
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Apr 13, 2023
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Apr 5, 2023
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Mar 14, 2023
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Mar 13, 2023
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Mar 13, 2023
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Mar 8, 2023
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Mar 6, 2023
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Mar 6, 2023
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Feb 20, 2023
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Feb 19, 2023
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Feb 18, 2023
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Feb 6, 2023
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Jan 22, 2023
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Jan 16, 2023
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Dec 27, 2022
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Dec 16, 2022
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Dec 15, 2022
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Dec 10, 2022
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I've always wanted to learn how to make cyanotype prints. Thanks for the step-by-step guide!
Dec 5, 2022
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Dec 4, 2022
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Adding a personal touch to home decor has never been this fun. Thank you for the inspiration!
Nov 17, 2022
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Nov 11, 2022
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Oct 31, 2022
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Sep 24, 2022
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May 10, 2022
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Mar 29, 2022