DIY Gold Foil Napkins


Learn how to make these beautiful and stylish gold foil napkins!

About a month ago, I packed up my little suitcase plus a larger one full of dinnerware and crafting supplies (I’ll explain in a minute.) and headed off to Boston.

As I’ve mentioned here on IBC, I was invited by my friends at Wayfair to be an Ambassador for their first ever Heart Home Conference. (Um, where does the time go. I’m so sorry it took me this long to write this post.) This conference was designed for anyone who has a passion for home decor. It was a two-day event comprised of numerous sessions focused on new design trends, how to master the art of creating video content, and other decorating-related topics. There were also wonderful brands, including all of the subdivisions of Wayfair: Birch Lane, AllModern, Joss & Main, and DwellStudio. And, as if it couldn’t get any more exciting, on the last day of the conference, bloggers like myself taught some DIY classes.

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The 48-hour adventure was a blast and incredibly informative. It was so nice to participate in a conference that focused on design of the home. While plans aren’t firm for next year, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be invited again.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins:

I happened to be one of the lucky folks who was selected to teach a DIY class. I was paired up with the fabulous and talented Jen of City Farmhouse. Our class was titled Dueling DIYs. Our “weapons” of choice were napkins. We each brought our personal style to life by coming up with unique ways to embellish a standard napkin.

Jen opted to create a Dipped Watercolor Napkin. You can check out her napkins here along with a full tutorial on how to make them. I decided to bring on the bling and make Gold Foil Napkins.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

Pretty fabulous, right?

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought today was the perfect time to teach you how to DIY these napkins. They are so simple to do, and they will add sparkle to your holiday table, be it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s.

thanksgiving napkin diy

(Speaking of Thanksgiving tables, you can find the tutorial for this fun color wrapped wheat here. I used the wheat here to dress up a plate, but in the tutorial, I also show you how to make it into a centerpiece.)

What makes this project so easy is the metallic transfer sheets and liquid adhesive. In a nutshell, you apply the liquid adhesive and let it set. Then you apply and remove the sheets.

You can create any pattern or design you can dream up. From stripes to brushstrokes to dots, the options are endless.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

The foil transfer sheets come in a variety of colors and can be found on Amazon (links below). I chose gold and rose gold. For this project, I used the Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive. Through some experimentation, I found that there are two versions of this “glue.” You want Liquid Adhesive which is no-iron. (Just be sure to check the packaging before you begin.)

Let me walk you through the tutorial.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

How to make DIY Gold Foil Napkins:

For this project, you will need:

Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive
Deco Foil Metallic Transfer Sheets (gold or rose gold)
Paint Brush

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

Begin with a smooth, ironed napkin.

Next, apply the liquid adhesive with a paint brush. As I said above, you can paint any pattern you wish. When applying the adhesive, you want it to be thick but not clumpy or heavy.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

Next, allow the adhesive to dry. The longer the better. I’d say at least an hour or two. When ready, the adhesive will be tacky, not wet.

Then, apply the foil transfer sheets, metallic side up.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

Using your hands, rub the transfer sheets where you applied the adhesive.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

Then remove the sheets. If any areas are still tacky after removing the sheets, just apply the sheets again. Rub; then remove. Repeat until you achieve the coverage you desire or until the adhesive is no longer tacky.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

That’s it. Your napkins are complete.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

These napkins can be hand washed in cold water.

rose gold foil napkin diy

With a variety of oil options, patterns, and napkin colors, you have endless ways of bringing the bling to your tablescape. I’m confident these napkins will be the perfect addition to your holiday celebration.

DIY Gold Foil Napkins | #IBCholiday

What do you think?

Another big thanks to Wayfair for including me in their Heart Home conference. It was an honor!


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  • Karin at

    Wow! I absolutely adore these! I cannot wait to make them for my holiday table. What a beautiful and sophisticated way to add some bling to the table year round!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You said it Karin! Thanks so much!

      xo Michael

  • SilvanaJoanne at

    Wow this looks fantastic…and it looks like fun too 🙂

  • Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage at

    These are beautiful, but will the gold foil hold up in the washing machine?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      According to the package directions it will. However, as I mentioned in the post, I recommend hand washing to be safe. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Gabby at

    These are so neat! How badly did you want to foil all the things after this? Silver foil and black napkins would be pretty for a NYE party!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yaaassss! Love that idea, Gabby!

      xo Michael

  • Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling at

    I’ve tried this technique before but with very thin gold foil sheets and it was kind of a TASK, but those gold foil transfer sheets you used look so much easier! I will need to give those a try now. Your’s look amazing on the napkins!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – this is SO simple! You’ll love it.

      xo Michael

  • Guerrina at

    Ack! Had I known about the show, some friends and I would’ve popped up from SECT! Love this simple, yet elegant craft!

  • Danielle at

    This is such a lovely yet simple idea!! Did you make the adorable mini wreath in the last picture? I’m wondering how to make it or where to buy! Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Danielle, no I didn’t make it. I actually found them at a local shop a few years ago. I honestly don’t have a source for them. So sorry.

      xo Michael

      • Danielle at

        That’s alright! Thanks for the response!

  • Julie Wood at

    This is so beautiful for the Holidays. I really like the idea of a DIY Gold Foil Napkins. I am going to try your idea. Thanks for sharing.

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