Napkin Folding Guide

“How to Fold the Folds that Hold”

Below are some popular and fancy napkin folding styles, with easy to follow instructions, so you can add a little extra flair to your next special occasion!

the arum lily napkin

The Arum Lily

  1. Fold napkin in half bringing bottom to top
  2. Fold corners to top
  3. Fold bottom up to 1″ below top
  4. Fold point back onto itself
  5. Fold each of the points at top down and tuck under edge of folded up bottom and fold down one layer of top point and tuck under base fold
  6. Turn napkin over and tuck left and right sides into each other
  7. Open base and stand

the arum lily napkin folding diagram

bird of paradise napkin

Bird of Paradise

  1. Fold napkin in half and in half again
  2. Then fold in half diagonally with points on the top and facing up
  3. Fold left and right sides down along center line, turning their extended points under
  4. Fold in half on long dimension with edges facing out
  5. Pull up points and arrange on a fabric surface

bird of paradise napkin folding instructions

bishops mitre napkin

Bishop’s Mitre

  1. Fold napkin bringing top to bottom
  2. Fold corner’s to center line
  3. Turn napkin over and rotate 1/4 turn
  4. Fold bottom edge up to top edge and flip point out from under top fold
  5. Turn left end into pleat at left forming a point on left side
  6. Turn napkin over and turn right end into pleat forming a point on right side.
  7. Open base and stand upright

bishops mitre napkin folding instructions

candle napkin

The Candle

  1. Fold napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold down base 1/3 way
  3. Turn napkin over and roll from bottom to top
  4. Tuck corners inside cuff at base of fold and stand
  5. Turn one layer of point down and set on base

candle napkin folding instructions

cardinals hat napkin

The Cardinal’s Hat

  1. Fold napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold corners to meet at top point
  3. Turn napkin over with points to the top, fold lower corner 2/3 way up
  4. Fold back onto itself
  5. Bring corners together tucking one into the other. Open base of fold and stand upright

cardinals hat napkin folding instructions

clowns hat napkin

Clown’s Hat

  1. Fold napkin in half bringing bottom to top
  2. Holding center of bottom with finger, take lower right corner and loosely roll around center
  3. Matching corners, until cone is formed
  4. Turn napkin upside down, then turn up hem all around. Turn and stand on base

clowns hat napkin folding instructions

crown napkin

The Crown

  1. Fold napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold corners to meet at top point
  3. Fold bottom point 2/3 way to top and fold back onto itself
  4. Turn napkin over bringing corners together, tucking one into the other
  5. Peel two top corners to make crown. Open base of fold and stand upright

crown napkin folding instructions

the goblet fan napkin

The Goblet Fan

  1. Fold napkin in half
  2. Pleat from bottom to top
  3. Turn napkin back 1/3 of the way on right (folded) end and place into goblet
  4. Spread out pleats at top

goblet fan napkin folding instructions

lady windemeres fan napkin

Lady Windemere’s Fan

  1. Fold napkin in half
  2. Starting at bottom, accordion pleat 2/3 way up
  3. Fold in half with pleating on the outside
  4. Fold upper right corner diagonally down to folded base of pleats and turn under edge
  5. Place on table and release pleats to form fan

lady windemeres fan napkin folding instructions

pyramid napkin

Pyramid

  1. Fold napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold corners to meet at top point
  3. Turn napkin over and fold in half
  4. Pick up at center and stand on base of triangle

pyramid napkin folding instructions

rose napkin

The Rose

  1. Fold all 4 corners of open napkin to center
  2. Fold new corners to center
  3. Turn napkin over and fold all four corners to center
  4. Holding center firmly, reach under each corner and pull up flaps to form petals.
  5. Reach between petals and pull flaps from underneath

rose napkin folding instructions

rosebud napkin

Rosebud

  1. Fold napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold corners to meet at top point
  3. Turn napkin over and fold bottom 2/3 way up
  4. Turn napkin around and bring corners together, tucking one into the other
  5. Turn napkin around and stand on base

rosebud napkin folding instructions