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DIY Wedding and Event Project: Menu Tags


Mimi of Mika 78 created this fun do-it-yourself project that you can use for practically any occasion from weddings and bridal showers to engagement dinners and backyard barbecues.

Materials ($20 total)

Simple cotton canvas fabric  
Fabric Spray Glue or Xyron Machine  
Hole Puncher  
Optional: Eyelets & Eyelet Puncher  
Iron-on Transfer Sheets for LIGHT fabric  
Dinner Napkins  

Home printer

Let’s Get Started

Prep: Create your menu design (there’s an Illustrator and Word template, as well as a JPG of the design I’m using, at the end of this post). Set up your printer to print as a “Mirror Image” (very important, otherwise, it will iron on backwards). Then print your design onto the iron-on transfer using your home printer.

Step 1: Cut both pattern and canvas fabric to a little larger than your desired tag size making sure there’s enough room to trim.

Step 2: Adhere the 2 pieces of fabric together with fabric spray glue. I like to use a Xyron machine (with Permanent Adhesive). Either way works!

Step 3: Iron the fabric to get wrinkles and any extra moisture out.

Step 4: While your fabric is cooling off, trim around the menu design that on the iron-on transfer.

Step 5: Then place the trimmed design (graphic side down) on the desired side of your fabric. Be sure to leave enough room around the sides and top to trim the shape of your tag later on.

Step 6: Iron the graphic for 45-55 seconds with strong pressure.

Step 7: Carefully and slowly peel off the graphic starting from one corner. Make sure to do this while it’s still hot – if it cools down, you might end up with bubbles.

Step 8: Using scissors, trim around the border. Be sure to leave extra height at the top of the Menu for the ribbon and tag shape. I like to do this by hand because I like the rustic feel, but if you want something more exact, you can make a template and trace the shape onto the fabric.

Step 9: To make the slanted sides of the tag, I gently fold the top of the tag in half and cut diagonally (this keeps both sides even).

Step 10: Cut straight across the top of the tag to desired height (if needed).

Step 11: Fold the top of the tag just like you did in “Step 9” and punch a hole about half an inch from the side (it should punch two holes since you folded the tag in half).

Step 12 (optional): I like to add eyelets to finish off the look, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have any eyelets on hand.

Step 13: Place ribbon through holes on each side.

Final Step: Tie around napkin, and Voila! You’re done!

I love using all different fabric patterns, colors, and ribbons – it brings the whole thing to life! The great thing about this project is that you can apply it to practically anything: escort cards, program covers, favor tags – just let your imagination run wild! It’s also a great alternative to expensive printing methods that you can do at home.

Enjoy and happy crafting!

Download Mimi’s template here.

Thanks to 100 Layer Cake for their beautiful photographs, posts, and wedding and event inspiration. 100 Layer Cake is a unique, comprehensive wedding and event planning resource for and by thoughtful, crafty modern women. Their vendors, projects, weddings, resources, sponsors, and marketplace are hand-picked and thoroughly researched with the hope that every single one is a truly unique addition to both your wedding and your planning process. Visit the 100 Layer Cake website today.


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  • Reader Comments (5)

    Hi, great article. I am running hotelosarcos and may use this to decorate the guests tables. It looks nice, decent and very creative.

    Thanks again :)
    April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
    great post, it's very informative
    April 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdesain baju distro
    I love this creative idea. There are so many ways you can work this concept/design. Thanks for posting,
    April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNishi
    Cute menu tags! Its very useful for other kind of tags. Thank you for sharing this informative article!
    September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterangetan
    Very Creative Design ! I love it ^^
    September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaket Kulit

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