DIY Table Number Napkins

March 28th, 2011

Hi Friends and happy Monday! I thought I’d start the week off with a DIY project that I created for larger events like weddings, showers or anything that requires multiple tables. Instead of traditional numbered cards I thought it would be fun to number the napkins instead. They make for a striking presentation that your guests are sure to remember. The template comes in black but can be easily customized by changing the color of the napkin.

Complete instructions and step-by-step photos after the break.

Materials Needed:
Cloth Napkins
3″ Circle Punch
Iron-on Transfers (light colored fabric)
Ink Jet Printer

1. Download table number’s PDF (1-30) and print onto Iron-on transfer paper as directed. (I recommend the light colored fabric version of iron-on transfers because I prefer to have the fabric show through where the numbers are.) Depending on what transfer paper you use you made need to revers the template before you print so take special note. Trim each circle out using a 3″ circle punch taking extra care to line up the edges. If you don’t have a 3″ circle punch than a craft knife can be used instead.
2. Determine where you’d like your number to appear on your napkin and place carefully face down on your napkin. Follow the instructions that come with the transfer paper to adhere the art work.
3. Fold napkin and place. Ta-da! Unique and custom table numbers with an impact!

27 Responses to “DIY Table Number Napkins”

  1. Johanna Says:

    Wow, this is a truly striking idea! I’ve never attempted an iron-on project before, but this gets me excited about all kind of projects … or simply swapping out the numbers for initials. Thanks!

  2. Jill V. Says:

    This idea is so simple, but so clever! Thanks once again for all your great ideas.


  3. Mr. Goodwill Hunting Says:

    This DIY is so personal and detailed.

    What a GREAT idea.

    I think it can be used for a number of events and projects.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  4. sherri lynn Says:

    this is brilliant! and classy looking, too. thanks for sharing!

  5. Erin Says:

    Love this! I’m not coordinating any large parties, but it is too cute not to use! I’m trying to think of some other way I can use this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Table Couture Says:

    so creative!!!!! love it simple with a personal touch…

  7. Alexandra Hedin Says:

    Great idea!

  8. Eileen of Diva With A Fork Says:

    Lovely way to add pizazz in an affordable way to your table! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Truly Smitten Says:

    THis is such an awesome idea! I’ll definitely be borrowing this idea for future events =)

  10. Hailey Says:

    I was just wondering what brand of iron on transfers you used? I’ve used some before and the light ones don’t show the colour through, but in fact are white in the empty space. I’m just wondering about the transparent ones?
    This is a stunning idea!

  11. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Hailey,

    I like the Avery Transfer paper for Light fabrics. You can get more details here. Best, Kathleen

  12. victoria Says:

    Love! I want to try this but use our last initial ‘S’ – However, I have terrible luck w. washing anything i’ve used iron-ons on – do you have any washing advice to increase longevity?

  13. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Victoria,
    I’ve had similar issues and I’ve found that pre-washing the fabric can help. I also never put items with iron on transfers in the dryer; I find hang-drying them instead seems to work better. Hope that helps and good luck!

  14. postcards and pretties Says:

    That is genius and pretty simple to make!!

  15. Jessica Says:

    Love the contrast of the black with the colored napkin.

  16. Jordan - Polkadot Prints Says:

    Totally do-able, affordable and has the ‘wow’ factor! Genius Kathleen!

  17. Nisha Says:

    WOW! looks amazing – thanks for sharing

  18. Candice Says:

    I love this idea! I especially love the colours you used. I’d love to try this one day but I’ve never attempted doing any kind of iron-on before. You make it look so easy!

  19. autumn Says:

    as always, a fabulous and fun project! i love the way they look on the soft green napkins…

  20. Vivien @ The Eclectic Life Says:

    KATHLEEN! You are absolutely brilliant. B/c of all your amazing freebies, I want to bake brownies for Valentine’s, rice krispies for St. Patrick’s day, I want to throw an Oscar party just to make guests fill out the winning nominations and now I want to have a second wedding simply to show off the beauty of this tutorial and freebie download. You are seriously amazing. Now…when is that T&T redesign going live? I’ve been waiting…..=)

  21. elizabeth Says:

    Cute! I love the table design, looks great.

  22. Mimi Says:

    I absolutely love this table setting. Clean, modern, vintage all rolled up in one!

  23. Kathryn Says:

    *love* these!! Thank you!

  24. cathyswraps Says:

    Love, love, love this idea, it has so many possibilities Thank you!

  25. E. Marie Says:

    I love this idea for my wedding this summer!
    Where did you get the cloth napkins from?

  26. Kathleen Says:

    Hi E. Marie! I found the napkins at Target actually.I would recommend sourcing them elsewhere though since it might ad up quickly. A Restaurant supply store or an online shop might be a good place to start. Good luck and congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  27. kellie Says:

    Love this tutorial. Can’t wait to try it! Many thanks for sharing 🙂