Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Craft #2: Holiday Clip-Art Cocktail Napkins

My husband and I host an annual holiday celebration at our apartment and each year, I try to concoct new and special touches for the event. Today, I'll show how I created a set of cocktail napkins with a vintage festive feel that our guests can enjoy while we eat, drink and be merry!

This project requires a small number of supplies but the impact is big, if you ask me!
(necessary supplies: scissors, iron-on transfer paper, white cocktail napkins, an iron)
I purchased iron-on transfer paper from Target for about $7, and I ordered 12 of these hemstitch cocktail napkins from Amazon--and I was very pleased when I saw their quality in person! 

Step #1:
First, I found free vintage clip art that I liked from this great site. There are many sites sharing free vintage clip art across the internet, so check them all out! I arranged the images in a Powerpoint document and printed a practice sheet (for sizing) before I printed on the iron-on transfer paper. Remember: images will be ironed onto the napkins as a mirror image of how they look as they are printed! Once I was happy with the size of the images, I printed the clip art using the transfer paper according to instructions on the packaging.
Step #2:
With scissors, I cut carefully and closely around the printed clip art images. I chose a few different images, including a pine cone, a sprig of mistletoe, and various evergreen designs.
Step #3:
According to the instructions that came with the transfer paper, I washed the napkins before ironing on the clip art. I ironed the napkins after they came out of the dryer, and kept the iron at the highest cotton setting with the steam shut off. Per the directions, I laid out a wrinkle-free pillowcase on my dining table and set that under the napkins rather than using the ironing board (apparently a no-no for this process). Then, I laid the clip art I wanted on each napkin with the wrong side up. I ran the iron over each transfer for 2 minutes until it adhered.
Step #4:
I allowed the iron-on transfers to cool completely. Then, I peeled the paper backing off of the napkin to reveal the designs. Like that, I had custom cocktail napkins for this year's fete!
(all images via Meet Me in Philadelphia)

What do you think? 
I can't wait to share them with our guests at our holiday party!

9 comments:

  1. Oh, I love these! We used vintage clip art for our wedding programs. It would be so fun to use those images again for something like this to enjoy them on a more permanent basis.

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  2. That is so cute! I absolutely love seeing all your projects for the holidays. You are getting me in the Christmas spirit.

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  3. LOVE! And they look fab with your plaid tablecloth. Very classic.

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  4. They look so pretty and vintage-y, Ashley. Like something Martha Stewart produced (and published!)

    Speaking of Martha -- did you know she's doing daily Christmas videos on her website? I watched every single one last night. I miss watching her craft and cook. And now there's a million new craft tools in her line I have to buy.
    Camille

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  5. This is a great idea and I'm considering creating some for my friends as an xmas present (to go in a little gift basket with other little goodies). Does anyone know how long these ironed on images last?

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  6. Love these!! I want to make some myself right now!! Guess a trip to the craft store after work is in order :)

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