4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring

Spring themed napkin wraps

By: Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells

It’s time to create some colorful, fun napkin tags! These are perfect for any Spring-themed occasion including table setting decor. Today, we will be exploring different techniques and illustrations from painting leaf patterns to drawing carrots and so much more!

Spring themed napkin tags

Materials Needed:

Napkin tag tools

Print Your Napkin Tag Templates

Using the napkin tag template, print and cut the tags on watercolor, mixed media, or cardstock paper.

Optional: Using another sheet of cardstock (preferably a fun/colorful sheet to create contrast), create and cut some tags a little larger than the ones from the template. This will be the backing of the tag.

 

 

Project 1: Leaf Pattern Napkin Tags

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 1: Color Your Ceramic Dish

Draw a few strokes on the ceramic dish using the Mildliner Highlighters or Mildliner Brush Pens. Feel free to choose any colors. I’m using the colors Green and Teal here in the Mildliner Highlighters.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 2: Add Water to Create Watercolor Paint

Dip your paintbrush in water and then start blending the colors on the ceramic dish.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 3: Create a Leaf Stem

Paint a light upstroke using your paintbrush to create the stem for the leaves

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 4: Add A Leaf Design

To create the leaves, paint a teardrop/almond shape starting at the top of the stem upwards and along the side of the stem from right to left or vice versa.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 5: Paint More Leaves

Start painting a few more leaves in different directions/angles to create a fun all-over leaf pattern.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 6: Fill the Negative Space

Yay, just keep painting! Paint a few more leaves to fill the negative space.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 7: Add Calligraphy

Once the leaf painting has dried, use the Zensations Brush Pen to hand letter anything you would like! It can be a name or first initial. Feel free to reference the lettering practice sheet for lettering inspiration and some guidance!

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 8: Two-Leaf Variation (Optional)

Let’s create another leaf-themed tag! For this tag, let’s paint only 2 leaves at the bottom left-hand corner.

 

Leaf design napkin tag

Step 9: Two-Leaf Variation (Continued)

Next, fill the negative space by hand lettering anything you would like using the Zensations Brush Pen. Note: Feel free to reference the lettering practice sheet for lettering inspiration and some guidance!

 

 

Project 2: Watercolor Wash Napkin Tags

Watercolor napkin tag

Step 1: Color the Bottom Edge of the Tag

Start by drawing a few strokes using the Mildliner Highlighter (any color) along one of the edges on the tag.

 

Watercolor napkin tag

Step 2: Add Water to Create A Wash of Color

Let’s go ahead and create a wash finish by adding a generous amount of water using the paintbrush.

 

Watercolor napkin tag

Step 3: Create A Soft Blend

Continue to add more water to create a soft blend and keep painting strokes from left to right.

 

Watercolor napkin tag

Step 4: Create A Soft Finish

Start pulling the water towards the center and bottom of the tag to create a softer finish.

 

Watercolor napkin tag

Step 5: Add Calligraphy to the Tag

After the wash finish has dried, hand letter anything you would like with the Zensations Brush Pen.

 

 

Project 3: Carrot Illustration Napkin Tags

Carrot napkin tag

Step 1: Draw Carrots on the Tag

Let’s draw some carrots! Draw an upside-down triangle with a slight curve at the bottom using the Mildliner Highlighter or Mildliner Brush Pen. I drew 2 carrots next to each other.

 

Carrot napkin tag

Step 2: Draw the Carrot Tops

Next, draw 3 lines for the stems on top of the carrots.

 

Carrot napkin tag

Step 3: Draw Leaves

For the carrot leaves, draw a cluster of lines and circles on top of the stem.

 

Carrot napkin tag

Step 4: Create Carrot Outlines

Using the Zensations Brush Pen, draw some outlines of the carrots by offsetting them. For the stems and leaves, draw some swirls and lines for the details.

 

Carrot napkin tag

Step 5: Add Finishing Touches to the Carrots

Afterwards, draw some lines inside the carrot to add some more details.

 

Carrot napkin tag

 

Step 6: Full Carrot Design Variation (Optional)

For another design, create an all-over carrot pattern!

 

 

Project 4: Confetti Pattern Napkin Tag

Confetti napkin tag

Step 1: Add Colorful Confetti Lines

For the confetti pattern design, draw lines randomly going in different directions using the Mildliner Highlighter. For this pattern, I also recommend using about 3 to 5 different colors.

 

Confetti napkin tag

Step 2: Add More Color

Continue drawing more lines!

 

Confetti napkin tag

Step 3: Outline the Confetti

Afterwards, using the Zensations Brush Pen, draw some offset outlines of the confetti.