DIY: Quote Napkins

April 8, 2013

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 Napkins DIY: 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!

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity April 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

Those are great. I would love to make a set. Violet Crawley is hilarious and is so well played by Maggie Smith.


2 Suzanne April 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

Awesome! Where did you find your quotes?


3 amy c April 9, 2013 at 6:54 am

I searched for Downton Abbey quotes and found an article full of just Dowager Countess ones.


4 April @ Sockets Not Working April 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

Sometimes cooking can be a drag, so quotes like that can really spice things up in the kitchen. I really enjoyed reading your article and have taken note of your quotes. These will come in handy, thank you for sharing!


5 Rachel April 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

“so unmusical a word.” Love these!


6 Amy Hackworth April 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

Amy, these are so wonderful! The best idea! Can I come to your dinner party? :)


7 amy c April 9, 2013 at 6:53 am

Yes, Amy! Please do!! :)


8 Giulia April 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

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!


9 Dee Wilcox April 8, 2013 at 11:09 am

Oooh… I love this idea! We’re in need of a fresh set of napkins, too, so this is perfect. :)


10 Abbey April 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

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!


11 PJ | Bunny & Dolly April 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I love the Dowager Countess quotes you picked! I picked a different quote to offer as my monthly desktop wallpaper – Desktop Designs: Desktop Wallpaper for Your Devices | Bunny and Dolly


12 Sadie Struss April 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Where are those awesome napkins from? Thanks!


13 amy c April 9, 2013 at 6:56 am

I found them at Pier One!


14 jen April 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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


15 amy c April 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thank you!! The napkins are from Pier one!


16 Karen April 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

These are darling, and your staging is beautiful! Well done, I’ve “tweeted” it :).


17 amy c April 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thank you!


18 Rachel April 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

LOVE these.


19 Janet April 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

Wow — fabulous — love these and am going to try and be a copycat! :)


20 Zulejka April 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love love love these! I’m a fan, and I also adore Maggie Smith’s character and her lines are always the best ones!


21 tere April 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I’m loving these!!! Great idea! Gotta love cousin Violet… she is the best part of the show, besides the location <3


22 Becky April 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

We ALL know where the quotes came from, but where in the world did you get those adorable napkins?!


23 amy c April 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

The napkins are from Pier 1!


24 Aminah April 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Love this & it’s so easy.


25 Renata April 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

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?


26 Christina April 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

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


27 Gina April 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

Adorable idea. What a hit gift these must be!


28 Kimberly May 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

My favorite quote — “Weekend. What is a weekend?” Great idea!


29 Ann August 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

can you tell me where you found the stencil? I’m having a hard time finding a script-type stencil.


30 amy c August 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

There is a link to it in the supplies. I found mine through Dick Blick, there is both a standard and italic version!


31 Donna October 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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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