DIY Natural Dyed Linen Napkins

I’ve been wanting to try more natural dye since trying avocados last year and LOVING how it turned out! (It’s still one of the coolest techniques ever! And a great use of scraps for the avocado lovers.) So here we are with some natural dyed linen napkins – perfect for this year’s tablescape.

I had some extra white linen around but wanted to give it a warmer orange/brown-ish tone so that it would be a better fit with my Thanksgiving decor! So I started off by doing a little research and decided to try a bit of paprika with some brown onion skins. They said that should give me a nice orangey/brown. You can’t quite tell in the photos but they’re a great light shade of a rusty brown tone and they dyed slightly unevenly just enough to give the fabric a bit of extra texture! Just delicious! I want to try it again using soy milk like with the avocado dyed blanket. You could also just use any mordant for a deeper color if that’s what you’re looking for.

dyed linen napkins laid out on marble counter with eucalyptus

What you need to make natural dyed linen napkins:

  • linen
  • large sauce pan or stock pot
  • paprika
  • onion skins
  • iron
  • sewing machine

Follow the step by step instructions in the video below!

tied linen napkin on wood cutting board next to eucalyptus
dyed linen napkins laid out on marble counter with eucalyptus

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