Paper Napkins with Iron On Vinyl for New Year’s

Use vinyl decals on paper napkins with iron on vinyl and your Cricut EasyPress!

I think I’ve finally found the most random thing ever to put vinyl on: paper napkins.

Heat transfer vinyl and paper napkins go together like peanut butter and jelly…it’s just meant to be.

And it’s an easy craft too! Perfect for new years eve parties, family reunions, kids birthday parties and more.


To make these New Years Eve Paper Napkins with Iron On Vinyl you’ll need:

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Tips for putting iron on vinyl on paper napkins:

Using iron on vinyl is my favorite type of vinyl to use. It’s pretty versatile and you can use it on lots of different things. Like,

  • wood signs or ornaments,
  • pillows or blankets,
  • shirts, onesies, tote bags, and more!

If this is your first time using iron on vinyl (also known as heat transfer vinyl) on anything, head to this post! It’ll teach you what iron on vinyl is, what you can use it on and the best ways to use it!

Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, we’ll walk you through it and help answer all of your questions along the way!

What paper napkins should I buy for this project?

Any type of paper napkin will work. I found mine at the Target Dollar Spot but any paper napkins (specifically the party paper napkins) at Party City, Walmart, Target, and grocery stores will work.

I tend to gravitate towards the thicker paper napkins so I would suggest that if you’re going to buy some. The flimsy napkins are more likely to rip when pulling up the carrier sheet on the iron on vinyl!

Can you use a heat press on paper?

Yes you can!

It is completely safe to use your EasyPress (what I use) or heat press on paper. Cardstock or paper napkins, the heat settings are the same. You just have to be careful with the temperature and press time.

Which leads me to the next tip….

What heat settings do you use for paper napkins?

I pressed my iron on vinyl for 10 seconds at 250 degrees.

If you find that your vinyl decal isn’t sticking to the napkin after pressing for 10 seconds, try again for another 5 seconds. Do it in small time increments so you don’t accidentally burn your napkin.

What type of heat press works best for this project?

I’m using the original Cricut EasyPress for this project! But you can also use the Cricut EasyPress 2, the mini, or a traditional heat press.

The heat press doesn’t matter as much as the actual temperature and how long you press!

What type of vinyl works best on paper napkins?

I am using Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.

It’s my favorite type of vinyl to use for all of my iron on vinyl projects because its easy to cut and weed!

I would not suggest using adhesive vinyl for this project. The general rule of thumb is that adhesive vinyl is best for hard and smooth surfaces (like a wall, mug, picture frames, etc). If your project is soft and can withstand heat, use iron on vinyl.

So for this project I highly suggest iron on vinyl!

Paper Napkins with Iron on Vinyl FAQ:

Why is the iron on vinyl not sticking to the paper napkins?

This usually happens when you don’t press the vinyl long enough.

If you find that your vinyl isn’t sticking to the paper napkins after 10 seconds, try again for another 5 seconds. Keep pressing in 5 second increments until your iron on vinyl is stuck on your paper napkins!

Here’s to a bright New Year from Chameleon Cuttables

Paper Napkins with Iron On Vinyl for New Year’s from Simply Made Fun

2021 Goals Cut File from Polka Dotted Blue Jay

Kiss Me at Midnight from Poofy Cheeks

New Years Fireworks from Amy Robinson

Cheers? Party Shakers from Might E Made It

New Year Wishes and Midnight Kisses from Poofy Cheeks

Free New Year Cut File from Crafting Overload

How to Put Iron On Vinyl on Paper Napkins

How to Put Iron On Vinyl on Paper Napkins

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $10

Free Hello 2021 New Years Eve svg cut file for Silhouette and Cricut! Use heat transfer vinyl and and heat press to decorate paper napkins, paper banner, shirts, and more!


  1. Open up the HELLO 2021 svg file in your software!
  2. Cut and weed your design (don't forget to mirror your image before you cut it!)
  3. Heat your Cricut EasyPress to 250 and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  4. Put your vinyl decal on top of your napkin.
  5. Place your teflon sheet on top of your napkin and vinyl decal, then press with your EasyPress for 10 seconds.
  6. Take off the teflon sheet and remove the carrier sheet on top of your vinyl. If your vinyl isn't sticking to the napkin, lay the carrier sheet and teflon sheet back down and press again for 5 seconds with your EasyPress. Continue to do this until the iron on vinyl is sticking to your vinyl.

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