07 May, 2017

Napkin organizer

It's been a while since I started with decoupage, but it has been a start that every crafter knows (and fears): buying every "cute" napkin I could find and lots of wooden things, too, because I had a thousand ideas on how to use them - only to realize I forgot most of them even before I brought my stuff home. For the ones that remained, I had either no time or... oh well...
Long story short told, I ended up lots of napkins and no proper place to store them. A cardboard box turned out to be a solution for a while, but it made it almost impossible to have the motifs on hand and keep track on what I actually owned. 
A while ago however, those wooden napkin boxes caught my eye and - as you can magine - I realized I'd absolutely need to buy a couple of them. If I would paint and cover them with napkins, the'd make a nicely organized napkin storage. 
Still, I couldn't make myself to realize the idea right away, and they shared the fate of my napkin stash for quite some time. 
In the end, I picked a couple of napkins that would fit into my organizer-project: motifs not too huge as I didn't want to cover the entire box, and not too small as I still wanted them to be recognisable at first glance.
As I had 5 boxes, I divided my napkins into 5 themes and tried to find a matching cover-napkin for each box. Among the right-size motifs, I picked the herbal one for cuisine-themed napkins, the rose one for flowers, the African one for exotic and animal motifs, the maritime one for summer napkins, and the one with hearts for the romantic stuff.
Once I was through with arranging and fixing the outside, I painted the inside with a colour that would match te outside motif and theme of each box. However, I decided not to use polish on the colour itself to prevent the napkins from sticking to the inside of the boxes. 
And with the exception of one heart that was somehow torn during the process of decoupage, the rest turned out pretty well.  
Next to all the work, the project had a good effect on my crafting stash, too: to make sure all of my napkins would fit it the new organizer, I had to sort out some of them. I decided to get rid of napkins that I'd never use for decoupage and passed them on to mom to use them in the kitchen. Colourful napkins for mom, more space for me, and most important of all: no more napkin mess in my crafting corner :)
A little contribution to the May collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "create a container"
a bit more time to craft:  ATG
alphabet challengeblog: D for decoupage
cardmania: colourful life
city crafter: you can do it (napkin decoupage)
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: flowers
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "5 of something" (5 boxes)
crafty sentiments: ATG
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: ATG
deep ocean: ATG
friendship challenge: ATG
fussy and fancy: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG


  1. A great idea and looks good-love all the napkin images---Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous; and such a clever take on our theme. I am impressed that you created this using napkins. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  3. Forgot to write; thanks for joining us twice :)

  4. Amazing! THis is a 'cool' storage indeed!
    Lia DT S4F

  5. Love this design! Thanks for sharing your talent at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge!

  6. Beautiful creation. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs. hugs

  7. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge, good luck!!! Amy DT

  8. Beautiful creation, thanks for sharing with us at
    CRAFTY CATZ x carol

  9. Wow, eine wunderschöne Dekoration des Organizers. Gefällt mir sehr gut. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge. Liebe Grüße Silvi

  10. Čudovito! Všeč mi je, da si okrasila škatle z različnimi motivi in so tako prtički zloženi po temah. Lp

  11. Beautiful work. Thank you for Joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.

    Meena S4F DT

  12. Oh wow this is great.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny's.
    Jean xxx

  13. This is wonderful
    Thanks for joining us at Friendship
    Hugs Anja

  14. Tolle Idee! Vielen Dank für`s Zeigen bei friendship.
    Liebe Grüße Lia

  15. Great project!

    Thanks for joining us @ Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge! Hope to see you back again soon :)

  16. Absolutely fabulous..who would have thought these were napkins. Love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday. Pat K x

  17. This is a brilliant crafty project and the boxes look fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenge.
    Crafty hugs

  18. Fabulous project, love all the napkins images
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  19. Wow, this is fabulous. I love the different themes for each drawer and they all go together perfectly. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge,
    Katrina x

  20. Gorgeous and wonderful project Cherio thank you for joining us over on
    Inspiration Destination
    Dianne xx

  21. What a cute idea! Thanks for joining us at Love to Craft! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt