DIY: Quote Napkins

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins. Easy and awesome!!

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom

I adore the Downton Abbey series, you too? For those who are unfamiliar, Downton Abbey is a British period drama set in the post-Edwardian era and tells the story of an aristocratic family and their servants. The styling is out of this world!! The ensemble of characters makes the show award-winning. However, Violet Crawley — the Dowager Countess of Grantham, portrayed by the indelible Maggie Smith, is my very favorite. She has the best lines!

With her unforgettable one liners in mind, I remembered this inspirational pin and these napkins came to be.

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins

With the help of a letter stencil, the words of Violet Crawley will make for fun dinner conversation. And wouldn’t these make a great gift for the Downton Enthusiasts in your life?

DIY: Downton Abbey NapkinsDIY: Downton Abbey Napkins

So find your favorite quotes, Downton or otherwise, and let’s get started.

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins


-straight edge
-white eraser (not pictured)
-letter stencil (I used this one)
-permanent marker, paint

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins

Use the straight edge and make very light pencil lines to ensure even lettering. Then again, using a light touch with the pencil, use the stencil to spell out the words. Check and recheck spelling!

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins

Once the everything is laid out just right, go over it all with the permanent marker.

DIY: Downton Abbey Napkins

When the lettering is finished, use the white eraser to erase the lines. And optional last step is to heat seat the letters with an iron. After that, you’re set. Dinner is served!

P.S. — We love to make things! Find more posts like this here.

42 thoughts on “DIY: Quote Napkins”

  1. these are so beautiful and fun! i don’t watch downton abbey but these are so perfect i’ll have to get addicted to that just to make myself some napkins!

  2. We’re huge Downton Abbey fans (although we’re all at different points in the seasons which makes it tough to discuss fully!) What a fantastic idea and looks so easy!

  3. Such a cool idea. I cannot ever have enough Downton!
    I’m with Sadie – where did you find those napkins? They’re fantastic!

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  8. Love this! I am ready to try it, just I can not get the same look of napkins. I like that vintage style!! Can you help me, where did you purchase them?

  9. These are fantastic! On my must-do list- just love some of the dowagers quotes- I did a Downton Abbey tea on my blog- wish I had seen these first -lol

  10. What type of markers did you use… i permanent markers… but did they bleed on the napkins?? Please advise Amy!!! And i LOVE these!!!! Looking forward to your answer. Thanks!!

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  17. Hi Amy,
    Is there any chance you would be willing to sell the napkins that you made? Please do let me know. Thank you!

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