This month for our #12MonthsOfDIY challenge we’re working with vinyl. I used the heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and made some custom napkins. They were really easy to make and I love how they turned out.
Vinyl is such a versatile material, there are endless things you can do with it. I thought it would be fun to do something with the iron-on vinyl and add some text to fabric napkins. I added “life is a party” to mine -I love how fun and festive they are.
This is a really easy, inexpensive way to add a special detail to entertaining.
I already had a cutting machine -gathering dust in the basement. I have an old Cricut -I think the last time I really used it might have been for my Fall Subway Art. They’ve changed since I got mine about 6 years ago, but I plugged it in and it worked great. They’re actually really easy to use too.
I used the cartridge that came with the machine -Plantin SchoolBook. I cut out my letters in 3/4” size and used this chart from Expressions Vinylt to figure out my cutting speed, pressure and blade depth (med., med., 3 in my case).
On my first attempt, I flipped the text, but didn’t realize I also needed to type it backwards. Second attempt I flip cut and typed the letters backwards and it worked out great. (This is because you’re cutting on the flip side of the vinyl).
I cut out all four together, and weeded them all together (that’s what they call removing all the negative pieces of vinyl in the cut-out).
Next, I used scissors to cut out each phrase individually.
Then you just iron it onto your napkins. I used some pieces of linen look fabric I actually picked up at the dollar store. I like their colour and texture. I used them for this tablescape, and then washed them. I liked the frayed edges, so decided against hemming them, making this a super simple project.
I love how they turned out -I made four, but I think I just might need to make this into a set of twelve.
You could customize the napkins with anything…think holidays, weddings, names, manners, conversations starters. The sky’s the limit.
With customized “life is a party” Napkins, life really is a party!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are: