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  • In May, Wayfair's editors went to The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show, a giant flea market held outdoors in Western Massachusetts three times a year. This show is a fantastic venue for spotting new and emerging home trends, and it's often a major destination for interior designers. This year, in addition to trend spotting, each editor was challenged to find something they could purchase for less than $30 and then transform it into something new.

    For this transformation, we found stunning 50 to 100 year old Indian wooden block printing stamps, and our imaginations ran wild! Their beautiful geometric prints inspired us. So after bouncing around lots of ideas, we decided to use the stamps to create one-of-a-kind napkins and placemats. Bright paint colors make these dining linens ideal for a summertime dinner party! For linens that can be used year-round choose neutral paint colors that coordinate with your everyday dinnerware.

  • Cost

    1. $14 for each block printing stamp
    2. Existing dining linens, paintbrushes, and leftover jars of fabric paint from another project were free!


    1. $28


    1. Fabric paint
    2. Paintbrushes
    3. Dining linens (napkins, tablecloth, placemats, etc.)
    4. Block print stamps (or other stamping tool)

  • You can block print on any fabric! Try pillow covers, sheets, duvets, curtains, tablecloths, and more. For a budget-friendly wall art alternative, block print on paper and frame it.

  • Here's how you can make your own!

    Step 1: Wash and iron your fabric before you begin.
    Step 2: With a paintbrush, liberally brush the fabric paint onto the stamp.
    Step 3: Stamp your design onto the fabric. You'll need to reapply paint to the stamp every two or three times.
    Step 4: Once you've achieved your desired print, let the fabric dry completely. You can handwash once more before use, but it's not necessary.

    We hope you have as much fun as we did searching for (and reinventing) a cool find!

    ​Have an interesting DIY you've done at home? Send it our way and you could be featured on Wayfair.com!

    Email us with your project info: editors@wayfair.com
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