How to Make Cards From Paper Napkins

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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

Turn paper napkins into special greeting cards

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.


Step 1

Cut off excess.

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.

Step 2

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


Step 3

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.

Step 4

Use scrap paper to protect the card from the iron.

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


Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Use an iron to fuse the napkin.

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.


Step 8

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.

Step 9

Cut off excess.

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

Step 10

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


An alternative to scrap paper would be a coloring pad or construction paper. Add a ribbon, a few trinkets, or write something on the napkin to make it more personal. A small tear on one of the corners of the napkin will help peel off each of the layers of paper.


Do not use scrap paper with ink on it; otherwise it will bleed onto the napkin.
Do not allow the plastic wrap to get on the iron. As always, use precaution when using an iron.