How To Decoupage On Wood With Napkins

Did you know you can print on a napkin? To demonstrate, I'm sharing a decoupage wood coaster with a custom wild rose graphic that I made for my office. I'll show you how easy it is to print on a napkin and how to decoupage the printed napkin on wood. There's a significance as to why I chose the wild rose for my graphic as well, inspired by our Int'l Bloggers Club challenge this month. 

Wild Rose Wood Coaster DIY

Alberta Wild Rose Decoupage Napkin Coasters

The theme for our Int'l Bloggers Club challenge this month is Local Love. Being a group of international bloggers I could interpret "local" as my country (Canada), province (Alberta), or the hamlet (Sherwood Park) where I reside. I had all sorts of ideas spinning around in my head for each until finally deciding to narrow my focus on Alberta and our provincial flower.

I should point out that the rose in the bud vase in the photos is NOT an Alberta wild rose, although I wish it was so I could show you what they look like. It's the last blossom in my rose garden and I decided to use it as a prop because of the pretty pop of color.

Decoupage Napkin Coaster

The Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) became the province of Alberta's provincial flower in 1930. Our vehicle license plates have been sporting the "Wild Rose Country" slogan since 1973. As the name states, it grows wild in Alberta's farmlands and is a very hardy rose to survive our cold prairie winters.

Its deep-pink petals with bright yellow centers bloom abundantly all summer and have a very sweet fragrance. There were several wild roses that grew near our lake cabin growing up. My sisters and I would grind the petals with rocks and make our own perfume. It wasn't the nicest smelling perfume mind you but we had fun making it. As I write this I can smell the sweet potent scent, one I will never forget.

DIY Alberta Rose Wood Coaster

If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the globe who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada.

Last month our challenge was sands of time where I turned a vacation photo into a watercolor print and made a vacation shadow box. I'll be sharing our talented member's interpretations of this month's challenge further down.

My idea to make a wooden coaster was inspired by this natural wood plaque that I found at the dollar store. You can see by the $1 price tag that this is an inexpensive decoupage craft.

DIY Dollar Store Wood Coasters

A little acrylic craft paint, a color printer, one napkin, and some mod podge is all you need to make it. But if you want to give the coaster vintage style, like I did, some brown wax or brown glaze will be needed also.

Vintage Style Decoupage Coaster

Funny story about brown glaze...

Well, it wasn't so funny at the time. I had a coaster made and was about to age it with glaze when the jar slipped out of my hand and spilled all over the worktable AND my brand new coaster. Good thing this tissue paper project is quick to make! By the time I wiped up the spill it had stained the paint too dark so back to square one.

Steps for Making A DIY Wooden Coaster

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I painted the top and bottom of the wood plaque, a vintage white color with craft paint.

Budget Wood Coaster Craft

Then I set out to design the wild rose graphic in PicMonkey and saved it to my computer.

Wild Rose Wood Coaster

What Projects Could I Use The Tissue Paper Printing Technique For?

You could use the tissue paper printing technique for many projects besides wood coasters. Decoupage the printed napkins on seasonal signs, small wall plaques, glass jars or vases, jewelry or trinket boxes, wooden trays, and other home decor.

So let's get started with how to print on a napkin but first, there are a few things you need to do so it can be fed into the printer.

How To Print On A Napkin

You want to print on the bottom ply only of the napkin. Rub your fingers on a corner of the napkin to separate the layers and carefully peel them off until only the last one remains.

Tissue Paper Print Tutorial

Tape the thin tissue either onto a sheet of regular bond paper or my preference, a more rigid cardstock (pictured below). It's important to have the tissue lay perfectly flat so it doesn't catch and cause a paper jam in the printer.

Napkin Printing Craft Tutorial

This next step is optional and I didn't do it for this project. You can iron the folds of the napkin out with an iron but make sure the steam setting is turned off. Place a cotton cloth over the tissue and iron the folds with the dry heat setting.

You can print on the napkin with either a color inkjet or laser printer. Change the settings to "best" print quality. You'll also want to change the print size to fit your project - in my case 3 1/2 inches square. Orientate the paper into the printer tray so it prints on the tissue side.

Now hold your breath, cross your fingers, say a prayer, and hit the print button

Once it prints, cut along the edges to remove it from the paper backing and we're ready to decoupage it onto the wood.

DIY Printed Napkin

How To Decoupage Napkins Onto Wood

These are the supplies you'll need to decoupage the printed napkin onto the wood. The sandwich bag is to slip your hand into to smooth the wrinkles instead of your bare hands.

Decoupage Napkin Wood Coaster Craft

Cut the tissue so it is a little larger than the surface of the wood and then brush a generous amount of Mod Podge onto the painted wood. There is no wiggle room with the thin tissue so you want to eyeball the placement as best you can and carefully set the tissue paper down.

Slip your hand inside the sandwich bag and very gently tap your fingers over the wrinkles. It's inevitable that you'll have some so embrace the wrinkles! You can see in the photo below that I have several but because I want a vintage-style to my coaster I was not concerned.

Napkin Decoupage Ideas

Once the Mod Podge is completely dry brush a thin coat over top of the tissue. Once it's dry repeat with one or two more coats of Mod Podge as a protective barrier. Since mugs and glasses will be set on my coaster I want to make sure it is sealed well.

Wood Coaster Decoupage Ideas

Trim the excess tissue along the edges with scissors or by carefully ripping it away. Smooth out the edges with a piece of 220-grit sandpaper or a nail file works well too.

The next step is completely optional and it's important it be done AFTER the decoupage has been sealed.

How To Give The Decoupage Vintage-Style

To give your project vintage style like my coasters, apply a coat of brown wax or brown glaze. It'll settle in all the wrinkles giving it an aged appearance. Immediately remove the excess wax or glaze with a lint-free rag.
Vintage Style Wood Coasters DIY

Last but not least, place some felt protectors on the bottom of the coaster to protect your furniture.

Painted Wood Coaster DIY

I hope this tutorial inspired you to make your own custom designs and try printing on tissue paper. If you have any questions about printing on tissue paper or decoupaging napkins onto wood, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

Wild Rose Decoupage Napkin Coaster

If you enjoyed this decoupage technique, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your decoupage ideas, image transfer techniques, or DIY home decor board on Pinterest.

How To Print On Napkins

How To Decoupage Napkins On Wood

Now let's see what my talented friend's made for our Local Love challenge by clicking the links below.

Int'l Bloggers Club Local Love Challenge
  1. A Crafty Mix - DIY Ndebele Planters
  2. Unique Creations By Anita - How To Use Iron-On Vinyl
  3. Birdz Of A Feather - Pop Art Serving Tray DIY
  4. Interior Frugalista (that's me) - How To Decoupage On Wood With Napkins
  5. Raggedy Bits - How To Make A Whitewashed Farmhouse Sign (not pictured above)

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.



  1. Beautiful Marie and I would have had a mini heart attack when the glaze went all over the place. Glad you did a "take 2" without any mishaps.BTW, every time I hear about wild roses I always think of poor Elisa Day and the words to the song "Where the Wild Roses Grow". Do you know if they're talking about the same roses Marie? And it really is such a lovely plant too (I had to go look it up on the interweb :D first). I bet the heady scent must fill the air when she's flowering.

    1. Yes, the heady scent definitely fills the air when in bloom. I have no clue if the song relates to the same wild rose plant but who knows. Leonard Cohen also recorded the song and he was Canadian.

  2. I was holding my breath as you hit the 'print button' - lol! This is such a cute project, and now I know what your provincial flower is :).

    1. There ya go my fellow Canuck! Yikes, come to think of it I have no clue what the Ontario provincial flower is either. Hey Google????

  3. Hello Marie, I love how the coaster turned out and love that you always give very clear and easy to follow instructions.

    1. Thank you Jasmine, so glad you think the instructions I provide are easy to follow. It's always a challenge writing the tutorials.

  4. Wow, Marie this is such a cool project. I would have put money on it that it would not print. The possibilities for this project is amazing.

    1. I did hold my breath while it fed through the printer but with both attempts it worked like a charm. I have two printers, an inkjet and a laser. The inkjet is more forgiving but I used the laser for this project and had no problems. Yay!

  5. great instructions and how-tos - love the cute coaster!

  6. This turned out so cute, I love that print and the colors! I'm so glad the glaze didn't ruin anything else. I kicked over a can of varnish while working on a mirror on our hard wood floors, I screamed and all the kids came running to help me get it all up. No damage thank GOd

    1. Oh no, glad to hear the varnish didn't ruin your hardwood! Thank goodness the glaze spilled in our workshop so the staining really doesn't matter. Glad you like the decoupage wild rose wood coaster, Kristin, and thanks for stopping by for a visit!

  7. Wow what a beautiful rose you have growing locally! Bet it's scent is amazing!! I love how you made your coaster and can now enjoy your rose all year round when it's not in bloom!

    1. I wish I knew of a wild rose plant growing near me I could have clipped a stem for the bud vase to show everyone what they look like.

  8. What a cute idea! And this seems like a very versatile technique. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I'm visiting today from the Over the Moon link up. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Marielle, yes it is very versatile and could be used for so many applications. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great week as well!

  9. Marie....when I read the title, I thought you were gonna be on the back of a Harley!!! Lol!! Love the sweet wild roses! Thanks for sharing this process!!

    1. LOL, definitely a dream of mine when I was younger but now, this is as wild as I'm going to get! LOL Glad you enjoyed the process and thanks for popping over for a visit!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dee, I have my coffee sitting on it right now. LOL

  11. Marie, your coaster looks gorgeous with a vintage touch and lovely colors. I envy you Marie, coz You wear so many creative hats.
    Thank you for joining Meraki.

    1. Thanks Naush, I'm using the coaster in my office and love it. Girl, you have amazing talent and such creative ideas!

  12. I am sorry that I am late visiting. Life interfered.
    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn


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