Let me start by saying, I love thought-through details. Whether it’s a beautiful fabric inside a purse or lovely packaging on a purchase, I swoon over details. I guess that explains why I work as a graphic designer! Anyways, this next project is all about the details: how to print fun, one-of-a-kind cocktail napkins. These DIY printed napkins (although it took me a little while to figure out!) are simple, fun and a great detail for your party. So, if you also find yourself gushing over details but don’t want to purchase bulk custom napkins, this DIY is right up your alley.
Honest moment: so I DID almost give up on this project. I jammed my new printer (twice) and was wondering if this would work for anyone else. Then, after stepping back, I made a simple switch—literally, a simple switch—I flipped the paper around and solved the issue! No more jams, just cool DIY printed napkins.
01. Download party napkin pdf
02. Using an X-ACTO knife or scissors, cut a 3 inch by 3 inch square in the center of a piece of cardstock.
03. Take another piece of cardstock and using double stick tape (or a glue stick), tape the top edge. Place the first piece of cardstock on top, carefully matching the top edges together. Press.
04. Place cocktail napkin inside the cardstock template.
05. Print the pdf. Make sure to use the cardstock setting for paper type.
06. Insert the cardstock into the paper feed, taped edge first.
07. Print, dry and enjoy!
01. Definitely place the cardstock tape-edge first.
02. Be careful not to open and close the template by the center hole. It lifts the paper edges up and is more likely to jam the printer.
Also, I was worried about the ink spreading once wet from the cocktail glass. So…I made a cocktail about 5 minutes after printing and used the napkin as a coaster. While the napkin DID get pretty wet, no ink running! It stayed perfectly as printed. Relief. ☺