I got this package of floral napkins from my mom a couple nights ago. I have been wanting to try napkin decoupage on rough sawn boards ever since seeing a post from Sweet Pickins blog.
I purchased a couple of 5/8" x 6" x 6' rough sawn cedar fence boards from Menards. These are not treated lumber and are very inexpensive.
I stained my 15" board with vinegar and steel wool stain.
This is what my napkin looks like unfolded. First, I removed two of the white back layers so I was left with just the top printed napkin ply.
I watered down my Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS11301 Matte Finish as suggested by other napkin decoupagers.
Next I brushed my thinned Mod Podge on my board. With the thinned Mod Podge you can move the napkin around a bit. After I got it in place I used cling wrap over the napkin and smoothed out and pressed down the napkin into the wood grooves. The cling wrap kept the napkin from tearing. I found this tip from another blogger Salvaged Inspirations.
After the Mod Podge was dry, I stenciled on the word FLOWER. I used ivory craft paint for the lettering. I sanded off the napkin on the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. Easier than cutting. As you can see, my board was longer than the napkin. I didn't like the look, so I sawed the edges of board that were showing on each side. I sealed the sign with a Krylon 51313 Satin Finish Crystal Clear Interior and Exterior Top Coat - 11 oz. Aerosol and after it was dry, I lightly sanded the napkin to give it an aged look. I think you could sand prior to a coat of sealer, but I didn't want to tear the napkin. The napkin still distressed pretty easily after one coat of sealer. After distressing, I sealed the sign again.
I added a sawtooth hanger to the back and hung my sign. As you can see the one ply napkin is so transparent that the wood grain is visible through it.
I'm glad I tried this technique. I plan to do a larger piece next time, now that I have completed this practice project.
While I can accessorize my house with thrift shop finds almost exclusively, I do need to buy a few fun NEW items from time to time. Like these galvanized flowers.
Yes, I purchased a set of five galvanized wall flowers.
This is the SET OF FIVE METAL FLOWER WALL HANGINGS from the Amazon listing. I can hang them on my new garden shed built last fall (that needs decor and landscaping) or I can take the pot lids off my old barn door and hang them on the door. I think they will be fun wherever I put them!