Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inexpensive DIY Personalized Napkins

I've always loved embossers.  The sense of history, the tone on tone look, the feel of the raised paper under your fingertips...I love it all.  An embossed monogram is an incredibly classic touch on the flap of an envelope, but that's not all you can do with them.  How about this simple idea for making your own customized napkins:


No need to pay for personalized napkins to set out at the bar and at the cocktail hour when it's so easy to make your own elegant version.

Using a monogram for a married couple?  The proper order is woman's first name initial, shared last name initial (usually larger), man's first name initial.

Did you design a custom logo for your wedding?  No problem--many companies like Made to Order Stamp and Seal are happy to make embossers out of your custom artwork.  How neat and classy would that be?

11 comments:

  1. We will be using Custom Napkins for an outdoor rehearsal dinner. The design is very classy and contemporary.

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  2. This is fabulous thanks for sharing this idea! Sorry if this is a silly question, where abouts do I get one of those machines? Are they expensive? Thank you!! Happy Holidays Xx

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  3. The link in the post above (Made to Order Stamp and Seal) is one good company, but there are many out there! I bought mine 11 years ago, and have no idea where I got mine, sorry! They usually run 20-30 dollars.

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  4. I have one but it has my name and address that I use for stationery. About approximately what size is your monogram? I don't want to buy one that is too small. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. I'll find my monogram and give you a more precise answer in a bit, but for now, I can tell you that mine is an appropriate size to use with stationary, too. The plate is perhaps 1.5" x 2"--but that's just a guess. I'll figure out where I stashed it and get back to you. ;-)

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  5. Where did you get the lavender napkins?

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    1. I think I just bought them at my local Party City. They have a large selection of paper napkins in many different colors.

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  6. HeLLoo! I love the font. Do you know what thats called? Also, would you be able to tell me where you purchased yours? The reason I ask is because I would like to do something similar... and the font that you've picked is soo timely and traditional. =) Thanks!

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  7. I love the monogrammed napkins. It's such a smart way to cut down on the costs of a wedding without sacrificing any of the elegance and details. For more help planning your wedding go to myweddingbagonline.com.

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  8. I'd recommend looking on Etsy to find a custom embosser. If you go to the company that is linked, they want anywhere from $95-$300 for their custom embosser (I inquired today). Wilshire Graphic Press has a lot and they'll do a custom one for $70.

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  9. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love the idea! I found a very similar embosser so I thought I'd share it. I ordered the classic style embosser in MONO-1 with the bottom position. http://onpaper.stores.yahoo.net/enem.html

    It works great! I can't wait have them all done.

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