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Seashell Napkins

Set out shell-adorned napkins for your guests, and they might just imagine warm sand between their toes.




Iron our vintage shell designs onto your light-colored linens; we've provided an entire beach pail's worth of shells -- from a striped pink bubble shell to a spiraling zebra auger -- for you to choose from.



  1. Step 1

    Download and print the templates onto heat-transfer paper, available at office-supply stores.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out an image, leaving a 1/16-inch border. On a hard, smooth heat-safe surface protected by a pillowcase, iron the shell transfer, right side down, on a napkin, following paper manufacturer's instructions. Turn the napkin over while still warm, and rub your thumb over the back of the pattern to loosen.

  3. Step 3

    Let cool, and peel off paper's backing. Seashells will appear as mirror images. Wash napkins according to paper manufacturer's instructions.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2003



Reviews (14)

  • jmeisen 14 Jul, 2008

    I'd like to suggest that you all pay close attention to the kind of heat transfer paper you're looking at. There are a lot of different versions out there. Some are meant for a dark backgroud fabric, some for white or off-white. Make sure you read the packaging as I've learned the hard way!

  • alinsday 13 Jul, 2008

    I have used iron-ons before to answer the lady below, I would wash them by hand in gentle detergent. Dreft or Woolite works best.

  • PinkGranny 13 Jul, 2008

    A friend just gave me tea lights with shells and complementary votive cups. A set of napkins like these will set a table with an ambience worthy of a trip to the ocean! I purchased some heat transfer paper from the local office supply store. It is recoommended for quilts and t-shirts so I am certain that it will work fine for this project.

  • scrapbookdi 13 Jul, 2008

    This have given me a great idea. I am hosting a baby shower for a friend and I am going to use butterflies on the napkins to coordinate with my theme!

  • TriciaJay 13 Jul, 2008

    Lovely idea! Does the use of transfer paper allow the design to hold up in the wash?

  • ClaudiaMarch 13 Jul, 2008

    Do a search on-line for "Heat transfer paper" can order on-line from a lot of places and at different prices, so check several before ordering.

  • JeanieRP 13 Jul, 2008

    (sorry - rest of comment was cut off)
    and print it onto the transfer paper at the desired size and iron it on. Available in photo section of big box stores, such as Kmart and Walmart.

  • JeanieRP 13 Jul, 2008 has it. Here in the USA fabric stores carry it as well as office supply stores. (This is the same stuff you use to put a photo onto a T-shirt or sweatshirt - you scan the photo

  • MargiL 13 Jul, 2008

    Daryl, this paper is found at Walmart stores along with office supply. it can also be found at Avery is a brand that is widely sold, so you may be able to find it in your area. here the packages can cost between $10 - $17. They usually contain 15 sheets of transfer paper, which is 8 1/2" x 11".

  • winterbeach 13 Jul, 2008

    Very classic transfers. Thanks MSL. You have restored my faith in your one day crafts.

  • yanchula 13 Jul, 2008

    Try this link :) You can find it online.

  • onehealthy1 13 Jul, 2008

    I found this online by just searching for "heat transfer paper"

  • daryl28 1 Jul, 2008

    hello there!

    I am daryl a student here in the Philippines, can i just ask where can i get the heat transfer paper??? I would like to make many of the projects that you have featured here but i am really having the hardest time of finding the transfer paper??? Can i just ask what are the brands available here and in the US? How much does it cost???