Paper napkins are great for decorating just about anything.
However, napkin decoupage often uses expensive glues and varnishes that are not always risk-free,
especially when the decorated object is used in a food environment. Here is a green alternative.
Open out the napkin and carefully separate the upper ply with the design on it.
Carefully cut out the design using short, sharp scissors.
For napkin decoupage, flour glue is a perfect alternative to replace traditional glue which often contains solvents.
Prepare a small amount of this flour glue recipe.
Use the flour glue in light coats as you would use a traditional glue or varnish: apply a thin layer of glue,
carefully place the napkin decoupage design, and then cover with another thin layer of glue.
This untreated wooden salt box was lightly sanded and painted yellow with a mixture of gouache and water.
If you decide to paint your object, it is recommended to paint in a color that closely matches the napkin background color.
The edges of the napkin will be better camouflaged.
When it is dry, finish your napkin craft with an all-over coat of linseed oil.
For this salt box, a capful of walnut stain was added to the linseed oil,
for a light brown stain that reinforces the object's Provence-style look.