How To Print On Napkins For Your Decoupage Projects

Since I showed you my jewelry box makeover, I have been asked about how to print on napkins and I thought I could write a post about it. I have to say it is the easiest thing on Earth, so I took some pictures of the process.

One good thing about DIY is that you can make an endless amount of projects without spending a ton of money, you don’t need to buy all the stuff that is advertised all over but you can make your brain to think about the possibilities with what you have. You will find affiliate links for your convenience and you can read my disclosure here.


How to print on napkins for your decoupage projects

You only need a few materials:

The laser printer is one of the things I consider a must to have. It’s true it’s a bit more expensive to buy than a regular inkjet printer, but it has many benefits. One of them is  how much the toner lasts, and you know the ink cartridges are not cheap either. Another reason is that you can use it for other projects as transfer.

You can read my tutorial on how to transfer on wood, or how to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes.

1. Napkins have several layers, you only need one so you can keep the others for something else.

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2. Cut the napkin a bit smaller than the paper. I used pink paper so you can see better the difference between the napkin, the paper and the table 😉

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3. Tape it all around, trying to get the napkin tight. Then, place it into the printer as if it was regular paper.

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You will end up with something like this. I designed this for the romantic bench I did some time ago.

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4. Cut around tape and enjoy your napkin!!

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You see? I told you it was really easy! You can do your own designs if you want, or just download any image you like into the computer and then print on napkins, whatever you prefer.

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I hope you find it useful and it helps with your projects too. If you want to see other tutorials you will find them at the Gallery.

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    • Pili says:

      It happens the same with my ink jet printer, it runs out of ink at the most appropriate moment… Maybe that’s why I love my laser one.

  1. Claire says:

    Thanks for the tip, I do loads of decoupage using napkins but can’t always find the right design. Now I won’t that problem.

    • Pili says:

      Exactly Clair, sometimes you just have one idea in your head but can’t find a napkin to achieve the result. Now you have a new world for your projects.

      Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week!

    • Pili says:

      It is really easy, Sherry! Now you only need to search for the graphics you like and use them!
      Enjoy your week!

  2. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

    How neat! I never knew you could print on a napkin but it makes sense. I’ll have to try this. Better than running all over town, or all over the Internet, trying to find the perfect napkin to fit a theme. Visiting from Two Uses Tuesday.

    • Pili says:

      Hi Victoria!! Yes, this trick makes wonders when you want to do a certain project and you have an idea in mind, no need to rush looking for the perfect napkin.
      Thanks so much for stopping by with us at #2usestuesday, love to have you too!

  3. Beverly says:

    What a great thing to share! I’ve never tried printing on napkins,but now I will! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  4. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, this is genius! I wondered how you did that. I thought you found the napkins already printed! Love this! Your pieces always have such a great feel to them and I really like the old french style graphics that you add, now I can try it myself! Thanks for sharing your secrets!

    • Pili says:

      Not a secret anymore! My husband sometimes fears I blow up the house, but I keep telling him to breath and relax. If I don’t try new things, how can I improve? And I have to tell I really enjoy trying crazy things!

  5. Mimi says:

    Oh what a pretty effect for very little effort. That’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Hope to see you again on Friday! Love, Mimi xxx

    • Pili says:

      Hi Mimi! You’re right, no effort and it looks so great. I can imagine using the same technique for parties or weddings

  6. Anne @ Domesblissity says:

    You’re so clever Pili! I wished I would’ve known about this for my wedding last year. They would’ve been perfect. You always amaze me with your projects. Thanks so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party. Always lovely to see you each week my dear!

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and feature, Anne. You are so sweet, love to stop by each week to party with you!

    • Pili says:

      There’s no limit regarding creativity for your projects using this tip, Tuula.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      It is easy indeed, Melisa. No need to buy lots of napkins, just print what you like.
      Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

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