eco-friendly + creative :: cloth napkins

stack of handtowels my 3 little ones are messy eaters - wait...who am i kidding... i'm a messy eater, so we go through a lot of paper towels. one of the projects in one bite at a time is to reduce paper use in the kitchen. she recommends using cloth napkins, and having tons of different cloth rags for different purposes. i bought a cheap pack of cloth napkins at target. i didn't love any of the colors there, so i just got white. but white is really boring. the kids were off from school on monday and i thought of a great project :: decorating our own cloth napkins. i broke out my fabric markers and each kid got to decorate 2 napkins. they were super excited about decorating them. i used an embroidery hoop to make the fabric tight while they were drawing. 2 decorated cloth napkins in the picture above >> on the left :: my 4 year old girl drew a mom, girl and rain cloud. on the right :: i drew a warped face. {i thought it would be fun for the kids to wipe their spaghetti faces on my hand-drawn girl. with good aim, she would have a messy face, too! i was right - they loved that!}. decorated cloth napkins in the picture above >> on the left :: my 8 year old boy's napkin.  i'm impressed that he chose mostly healthy foods.  on the right :: my 6 year old girl's napkin.  so demanding.  i can promise she wasn't demanding apples or blueberries. this was a really fun, really inexpensive craft project.  and it's good for the earth too!