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DIY Personalized Napkins

DIY Personalized Napkins: Use heat transfer vinyl and a cutting machine to add any phrase, or monogram to napkins for a custom look.
DIY Personalized Napkins: Use heat transfer vinyl and a cutting machine to add any phrase, or monogram to napkins for a custom look.

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.

diy Vinyl Napkins

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.

doy personalized napkins

This is a really easy, inexpensive way to add a special detail to entertaining.


  • heat transfer vinyl
  • Cricut cutting machine
  • napkins
  • iron

cutting vinyl on a cricut

How To Make DIY Personalized Napkins:

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.

Creating the Design

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).

Cutting the Vinyl

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).

weeding 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.

how to make custom napkins with your cricut

Iron On

Then you just iron it onto your napkins.  I used some pieces of linen look fabric I actually picked up at the dollar store.  Their colour and texture are really nice.  When I washed them the edges frayed and I really like it, so I decided against hemming them.  That made this a super simple project.

personalized napkins

I love how they turned out -I made four, but I think I just might need to make this into a set of twelve.

How To Make Heat Transfer Vinyl Napkins: Use heat transfer vinyl and a cutting machine to add any phrase to napkins for a custom look. Add names, manner suggestions, conversation starters, or any word or phrase.

DIY Personalized Napkins

You could customize the napkins with anything…think holidays, weddings, names, manners, conversations starters.  The sky’s the limit.

doy personalized napkins

With DIY Personalized Napkins, life really is a party!

You might also like our Dip Dyed Runner and Napkins here.

Dip Dyed Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own napkin and table runner with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.

Also check out our Ribbon Wall Hanging here.

You might also enjoy our DIY Burlap Table Runner here.

DIY Burlap Table Runner -Easy how-to, using very inexpensive garden burlap, and no sew. It's perfect for fall or thanksgiving tables.

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:

Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit

Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea

Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life

DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy

Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party

Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels

Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy

Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate


  1. These napkins are beautiful. What a classy touch. I could see them with last names, initials, etc. too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Wow Dannyelle! I absolutly love these napkins and can we talk please, I need you to give me a tutorial on table scaping, ahhhmazing! Oh and that urn, I may have to steal it! Beautiful job!

  3. Thanks Laurie, you’re so sweet! And, what if I told you that the urn was my garage sale find of the summer, at only $1. Sometimes a girl gets lucky. 😉

  4. Dani, I love every one of your posts but I have to admit this one is my latest favourite. I loved reading your narrative, I loved your photography but I really love your napkins! To think you bought them at the dollar store and now they look so stylish and high end. I also love your suggestion that they can be customized for any season or special event. You are right. The possibilities are endless. Well done!

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