Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper napkins into craft background


Today I made paper napkins backgrounds for shooting my jewelries or other small projects. This is something I long wanted to try mainly to preserve and keep some of my vintage paper napkins. You see, as a little girl I used to collect paper napkins. I had them well into my teen age and then gave out many to friends and younger cousins but kept some dear with me. For example the above floral napkin is about 40-50 years old and on the picture below you can see the tooth of time upon it.

For this project I used some of my old paper napkins.

First I ironed them on low heat to straighten up the creases, then I took a cardboard and applied craft glue on the sides only because glue makes paper napkins wet and unusable, so I wasn't risking ruining them.
With a tissue I wiped the excess of glue and carefully applied the napkin. This napkin is one of my newer ones and I wanted to use it whole - for larger projects. I left it aside to air dry before use.

Or you can make only little squares out of the napkins as I did with these.
I hope I can use them more in the future.


eclectichomelife said...

What a fabulous idea! I too used to collect paper serviettes, I had hundreds, but for the life of me I do not know what happened to them! I think this idea of using them for photography and hopefully preserving them is lovely. for my blog photos I often use wallpaper samples!

Ana Love Craft said...

Great idea, Maya! I love collecting paper serviettes to remember special occasions. I have one from my first birthday party.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Thanks for the great idea!

Divya N said...

I love the idea of using vintage napkins as photo backgrounds; they are beautiful

Miss said...

You always have great ideas.
And I like folow you on pinterest!
you are inspiring.

homemade@myplace said...

Such a clever and sweet idea!!!!! love it!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Perfect photo prop! I can't believe how well they have aged!

Unknown said...

Good to know you collect napkins Maya ;-) I'm quite an ardent collector myself (although I don't own such beautiful 'oldies' as you do!). Love how you created your backgrounds, did you know that you can also iron plastic foil between two sheets of paper? The heat will cause the foil to melt. You might like to give this a go, too! Enjoy your weekend!
Ira’s Crea Corner

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

What a pretty collection. And lovely for displaying your work. Best wishes, Tammy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Maya, what a great idea and I never even thought touse them. They look great for your jewelry displays. Enjoy your week.