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 outdoor parties, and you can print any saying on them you’d like.
You can also print on wrapping paper!
Printed Paper Party Napkins
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 tissue decal candles and easter eggs.
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Genius! I have so many party napkins with patterns–how fun to print some up for a small gathering.
What an inspired idea!
What an awesome idea!
I didn’t know you could put candles and eggs through the printer??? Ha. Can you expand on that by chance?
You can use your printed napkins for candles or eggs. YouTube has a lot of great videos for that.
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.
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?
Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this. I know three little kids that are going to be enthralled with this! Not counting me!
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.
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.
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
Nan, did you ever try this? Did the ink smear? I wanted to make them for my wedding, but would hate guests to have black marks all over their face and fingers after wiping them with the napkin.
What about your printer settings? what did you do to make the words appear in the correct location?
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.
I only have a laser printer. Would that work?
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).
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!!
I guess I’d have to get a second printer too. Mine feeds from the bottom and I’m almost positive it would jam.
Love this idea! Wish I’d thought of it! ;)
Thanks – will use it for our next gathering
Since you said cheap printer ($20 HP) is that a craft store purchase or office supply purchase? Lovin’ the cuteness!
Can you print in black napkins with like font. Would that work ?
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
Please, can you tell me about this, how to print the paper napkins. i am waiting for your reply………
What napkins do you use? The napkins I bought at the Dollar Tree are getting stuck in my ink jet printer and I think it may be because of the napkins.
How did you get the party napkin to from your printer without having to tape the napkin to any other type of paper or cardstock?
Ours ran through it without any backing, but you could use a little double sided tape to hold the napkin onto a piece of card stock, just be careful it might be too thick with a backing.
can someone plz let me know which printer I would need to buy for to print on napkins or
Awsome idea.I Love it ..I need to try it..Thanks..waooo its a big money saver
i followed the instructions – the first napkin crumpled and I had to get it out . The second went in but I yet to see it come out. I was able to print a second regular piece of paper since so lets hope I can get that napkin out. lol I took a flashlight and crawled around on the floor and looking under the sofa wondering if somehow it zoomed by me faster than my eye could see but nope; it is still in there. AND that is my $800 dollar photo pro printer.