How to Make Cards From Paper Napkins

Like the majority of crafts, card-making is a personal way to creatively express thoughts and appreciation for everyone in your life. And though it may sound a little odd, paper napkins are a new way to make beautiful cards. With a little plastic wrap, an iron, and a few other common items, creative cards can become just the sweet gifts necessary for any occasion. Instead of paying for impersonal cards, expensive stickers, or time-consuming stamping, grab a few paper napkins and create just the charming card you want.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper napkin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scrap paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Cardstock
  • Blank greeting card
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Take a piece of cardstock and cut it to the size that you will need, based on the size of your paper napkin. Set it aside.

  • Open the paper napkin completely and cut off one of the fourths of the napkin to be used for the card.

  • Remove each layer of paper from the front image of the napkin by carefully pulling off all the layers until you only have the main image; cut it larger than the cardstock so that there is an inch excess on each side of the cardstock.

  • Place a few sheets of scrap paper on the ironing board and place the cardstock on the top of the pile.

  • Cut a piece of plastic wrap to be one inch larger than the cardstock on each side. Place it over the cardstock.

  • Place the paper napkin image face up on top of the plastic wrap and top the pile off with another set of sheets of scrap paper.

  • Turn the iron on and set it on medium. With a little pressure, iron over the scrap paper and the layers of napkin, plastic wrap, and cardstock for 10 to 15 seconds.

  • Check to see that the napkin has fully fused to the cardstock. If it hasn't, repeat Step 7 until the napkin is completely fused.

  • Cut off the excess plastic wrap and napkin after you've let the cardstock to cool for a few seconds.

  • Tape or glue the cardstock to a blank greeting card as you wish and let it dry before you write anything in it.


  • Photo Credit christmas naplins image by Alison Bowden from scissors #3 image by Adam Borkowski from old paper image by vnlit from iron image by Robert Grzywaczewski from
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