Napkin Folding Techniques

Napkin Folding Techniques

If you host a lot of parties at home, then perhaps you should learn a few napkin folding techniques to impress everyone. Read the CelebrationJoy article for a few suggestions and ideas.
CelebrationJoy Staff
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
While decorating your dining table for a party or a gathering, the table napkins can do more than just sit there on the side. You can make a variety of designs to enhance the table's décor.
Here are some simple techniques to folding a napkin that doesn't take much time, but sure makes a great conversation topic.
Arrow Napkin Fold
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  • Place the medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Fold it in half in such a manner that the open end is facing you.
  • Take the right corner, and fold it toward the center, bringing it in. The shape now should look like as if the left side is a square, and the right side is an upside-down triangle.
  • Repeat the previous step on the left side as well. Now your napkin's shape resembles a large triangle.
  • Take the right flap, and diagonally fold it outward. The outer edge should be lined with the far edge of the napkin.
  • Repeat the previous step on the left side as well. Now slide both the sides together, so that the napkin bends inward on each side. The center part will come up in a slight loop, and your napkin is shaped like an arrow.
Heart Fold
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  • Place an ironed medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Fold it in half in such a manner that the open end is facing you.
  • Make one more fold in the middle so that you are left with a long rectangle-shaped napkin. Fold the right side upward, and vertically.
  • Repeat the previous step on the left side as well. The bottom of the napkin will become a pointed triangle.
  • The shape of the napkin will resemble the heart. All you have to do is tuck the flaps in the corner underneath the napkin, and you're done.
Bird of Paradise Fold
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Bird of Paradise Napkin Fold Final Step
  • Place the medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Fold it in half in such a manner that the open end is facing you.
  • Now again fold the napkin in quarters so that it resembles a square. Next, fold it half diagonally, which will make a triangle shape.
  • Point the triangle in such a manner that the open tip is facing your side. Hold the napkin with your left hand, and diagonally fold the right corner towards you. The fold should line along the center-line, and the tip should be pointing in your direction.
  • Repeat the previous step on the left side as well. To make the hold stay, place an iron on it for few minutes. You can see that the napkin has taken the shape of a diamond.
  • Fold the two flaps together so that you have the original triangle shape again. Place an iron on it again to hold it in place.
  • Fold this triangle in half so that the center seam is facing you, leaving the ends to fall.
  • To give your bird some feathers, hold the base and pull on the four flaps upward that the corner of the napkin has created. There you have it, your bird of paradise is ready.
Diamond Fold
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  • Place the medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Fold it in half in such a manner that the open end is facing you.
  • Now again fold the napkin in quarters so that it resembles a square. Next, fold the top layer of the napkin diagonally. Just pull it up, and move it to your left.
  • Follow the previous step with the second layer but stop slightly before the last fold. The folds should look even, yet giving a staggered effect.
  • This way you will have to make four even folds, stopping at even distance from each other. Take the napkin in your hands, and fold both sides under it to create the shape of a diamond.
  • Make sure it is as flat as possible, and your diamond fold will be ready.
Pinwheel Fold
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Pinwheel Napkin Fold Final Step
  • Place an ironed medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Take all four tips and fold it inward, toward the center.
  • Make a fold right down the middle, vertically. The shape should resemble a vertical rectangle.
  • Take both the halves, and fold them halfway up and down, towards each other. Make both the edges meet on the centerline. You can see that both the sides' open flaps are facing up.
  • Take one flap from the bottom-half, and pull it out to the right side to make a point. Repeat the same thing on the left side as well.
  • Take the open right flap and bring it down, towards you. Turn the napkin upside down, and repeat the previous steps on the other two flaps.
  • Your pinwheel fold is ready with all the four corners pointing outward.
Rose Fold
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Rose Napkin Fold Final Step
  • Place an ironed medium-sized white, or any colored napkin on the table. Take all four tips, and fold it inward, toward the center.
  • Flip the napkin upside down. Fold all four pointed corner, and make them meet on the centerline.
  • All the tips will be folded about ¼ square size on top of the napkin. Now, before we go to the next step, place a glass upside down in the center of the napkin.
  • Put some pressure on the glass with your left hand, and pull the flaps out from underneath the napkin. These flaps will look like petals for your rose fold.
  • Once all four flaps are out, take the glass off your rose and place it in the middle of your dining table.
Whether you choose a cloth or paper, your work will definitely speak for itself. Don't forget to boast about all that you've learned!