Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How To Mod Podge a Napkin onto Rocks

I was saving a pretty napkin for a craft project and decided to try Mod Podging it onto a large rock. (I love painting rocks and stones but wanted a break from detailed painting.)

First, I cut a design from the napkin that would fit best on the rock.

Then I used a brush to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the rock and pressed the napkin design carefully onto the rock.

Next I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the design.

PROBLEM: I could not smooth the wrinkles from the Mod Podge-saturated napkin without tearing it.

So, I left the wrinkles/bubbles.

Napkin design Mod Podged onto large rock

Maybe less is more? I decided to use smaller designs and smaller stones following the same steps as above.

This time I was able to smooth the Mod Podge-saturated napkin without tearing it.

Napkin design Mod Podged onto small stones

SOLUTION: When Mod Podging portions of a napkin onto a stone, smaller is better

Tips & Ideas:
  • Look for pretty napkins with small designs that would fit nicely on small stones
  • Work carefully once Mod Podge is applied to the napkin design to avoid tearing
  • My fingers worked best for smoothing the napkin after the Mod Podge was applied
  • Once the saturated napkin has dried, you can sponge paint around the edges (like the 2 green stones pictured above on the lower right)
  • For no-skill-required painting, Mod Podge the napkin design onto a stone and apply paint over it (using the design as a guide) so the rock will now look painted rather than Mod Podged
  • Add a few paint strokes in strategic spots or use 3-D fabric paint strategically for added dimension and interest
  • For a child's party, buy extra theme napkins and Mod Podge them onto stones as a party favor


  1. Do you seal it with anything after to weatherize it?

    1. Yes. You would want to apply 2-3 coats of a clear acrylic or polyurethane sealer to protect it outdoors. However, no sealer will permanently weatherize a stone. It's necessary to occasionally apply additional sealer when needed.