DIY: Block Print Napkins Published on October 11, 2013

It’s no secret how much we love the block print design.  From our Henna Statement Cuff (https://matterialfix.com/collections/india/products/floral-stud-earrings) and Floral Stud Earrings (https://matterialfix.com/collections/india/products/floral-stud-earrings), it’s pretty evident how much the cultural piece inspired our India collection!


But our love for the design extends past the pretty lines. Instead, it stems from our appreciation of India’s finest craftsmen, and the unique intricacies they carve out in each block of wood (read up on the process here: http://www.matterialfix.com/blogs/travel-log/8295319-block-printing). We are still in awe of the artistry. 

With that, I wanted to share a fun DIY we found (we’ve been in search for ways to recreate the block print look)! So let’s sit down, uncork a glass of wine, and create a block-print inspired napkin of our own!

What you’ll need:

1. Cork (see, the wine came in handy!)

2. Pen (to sketch designs with, my dear)

3. Rubber carving tool (or X-Acto Knife if you’ve got one!)

4. Stamp pad in various colors (the more colors, the better)

5. Plain pieces of fabric napkins (shades of white and tan work best)

(DIY Photos via http://sketch42blog.com/2013/08/diy-how-to-make-block-print-napkins/)

How to:

1. Take your cork and cut it 2/3 of the way down.  This will create a flat, rectangular surface to draw out your design.

2. Using the pen, draw a fun design on your cork. TIP: The easiest patterns involve lines, while the hardest involve carves! But don’t worry too much about the design—anything will look great in the end. 

3. Using your rubber carving tool or X-Acto knife, carve out your design. Note: what you carve out is negative space; what’s left on the cork will be the print.

4. Test out your cork design on a piece of paper. Keep carving until you’re happy with the design!

5. When finished, press your cork onto an ink pad (don’t use paint; the design will smear), and imprint it onto your plain fabric (side-by-side’s our fave).

6. Let dry!

And there you have it: a creative piece of India for your home. Enjoy! 

Check out the original DIY here: http://sketch42blog.com/2013/08/diy-how-to-make-block-print-napkins/