How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins

Ever since I got my Cricut Maker and my Cricut EasyPress I've been putting iron-on vinyl on all the things.  Like....all of them.  But one item I had not yet tried to put iron-on vinyl on was paper.  More specifically, paper napkins.  But this was pointed out to me and so the quest of how to make iron-on vinyl napkins began.

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins
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I was planning to throw my children a surprise back to school party.  I thought this was the perfect time to try iron-on vinyl on napkins.  This way if they didn't do exactly what I wanted, no one would mind and I could experiment a bit.

Let me show you how I made them.

Materials Needed
Cricut Maker
Paper Napkins
"Hello School" cut file in Design Space


 When picking out paper napkins, make sure they have enough area for your to add your design to.  For instance, a plain napkin will have an entire side to make a design, where one like the one below, will be limited on what it can hold.  Make sure whatever you plan to place on the napkin will add to the design and not confuse people or be an incorrect size and look a little silly.  Try experimenting with a few first before committing to a design.

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins


Step 1
Start by opening up Design Space and getting the "Hello School" cut file or open another file that you'd like to add to your paper napkins.  Make sure to measure the area you want to place your iron-on so that you know how big to make it in Design Space.

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins
Step 2
Set your cut file on Mirror, since you are using iron-on vinyl.  Cut out the file on your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine. Than weed out the excess vinyl.  

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins

Step 3
Get your EasyPress preheated.  I did a little research and looked on my Cricut EasyPress Temperature Guide Printable to see what temperature was best for paper.  Since napkins are made of paper.  I went with 280° F for 30 seconds.  

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins

Step 4
Press your napkins individually for about 15 seconds.  Just to make sure to remove any moisture and to heat up your paper napkin.  This will help the iron-on vinyl to stick to the napkin.

Step 5
Place iron-on vinyl on napkin and press for 30 seconds.  Allow to cool for about 15 seconds and remove the protective sheet.

How to Make Iron-On Vinyl Napkins

Step 6
Flip your napkin upside down and press again for 30 seconds.  

Now you have a custom iron-on vinyl napkin to use for a party, gathering or special occasion. 

Create gorgeous custom paper napkins with this simple tutorial on how to make iron-on vinyl napkins.