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how to print on paper napkins

Printed paper napkins

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and outdoor gatherings. When serving outdoors I often use paper napkins, but ones that fit my style are sometimes hard to come by. So, of course, I make my own by printing on them with my inkjet printer. They are great to use for ourdoor parties, and you can print any saying on them you’d like.

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To make the printed paper napkins, start by creating a saying in any program on your computer. Then load your printed napkin into an inkjet printer. Note: you must leave the napkin folded once to have the correct thickness to run through the printer. Print and enjoy.

Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography.

PS. You can also use your printer on candles and eggs.

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Posted May 30, 2013
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27 Responses to “how to print on paper napkins”

  1. Anne says:

    Genius! I have so many party napkins with patterns–how fun to print some up for a small gathering.

  2. Lena says:

    What an inspired idea!

  3. Ali Blank says:

    I didn’t know you could put candles and eggs through the printer??? Ha. Can you expand on that by chance?

  4. Victoria says:

    Ali, not really;) You can click through the links though and see how I used the same printer to update them! I love my injet.

  5. EILEEN says:

    What napkins do you use? What is your printer? This seems a bit scary without details…I would hate to clog up my printer for napkins! I love this idea and would like the nerve to try…more info please?

  6. Jeannie says:

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this. I know three little kids that are going to be enthralled with this! Not counting me!

  7. Nan says:

    Doesn’t the ink smear? I would hate to have a guest wipe their mouth and end of with ink instead of food to be cleaned off.

  8. Victoria says:

    Elieen, I just use a very cheap injet for projects like these – the one shown I purchased for under $20. The napkins run right through with double thickness, but I wouldn’t suggest trying it on a very nice printer (just incase!). I love my cheap little one for all things crafty.

  9. Victoria says:

    Nan, Hi! The ink doesn’t smear when the napkin is dry. Perhaps, I would keep and extra stack of unprinted napkins on hand incase you have any major (very wet) spills. Hope that helps. xoxo

  10. fran says:

    What about your printer settings? what did you do to make the words appear in the correct location?

  11. Victoria says:

    Fran, Hi! Honestly – there isn’t a science to that. I placed the words where I thought they would work and tried one, then moved the over a bit as needed. Anyone have a better way? I am sure there is a way to program it, but I found trial and error to work just as well.

  12. Julie says:

    I only have a laser printer. Would that work?

  13. Victoria says:

    Julie, no! I will only work on an ink jet printer. The lazer printers are not able to handle paper thickness in the same way as I know. You can pick up a very cheap inkjet though for crafting (mine cost $14).

  14. Aaron says:

    Genius! I love this idea, how long did it take you to do a bunch of these?

  15. Melissa says:

    What program did you use to plan the text on your computer? Microsoft Word? Did you configure the page to be the width/height of the napkin? Thanks!!

  16. Caryn S. says:

    I guess I’d have to get a second printer too. Mine feeds from the bottom and I’m almost positive it would jam.

  17. Barclay Stone says:

    Love this idea! Wish I’d thought of it! ;)
    Thanks – will use it for our next gathering

  18. Sharron White says:

    Since you said cheap printer ($20 HP) is that a craft store purchase or office supply purchase? Lovin’ the cuteness!

  19. Brittany says:

    Can you print in black napkins with like font. Would that work ?

  20. Chaney says:

    This is SUCH an amazing idea. I loved it so much I included it in my blog post round up of “Lovely Links” today! Hope that’s ok! Thanks for sharing with us :). http://www.mayricherfullerbe.com/2013/08/lovely-links_23.html

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