- The Art of Napkin Folding
The Art of Napkin Folding
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Floral Bloom Napkin Folding Instructions
This napkin fold works best with two paper dinner napkins and two different colors. To create the leaves, fold a square napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle. Fold the triangle in half again along the long edge, and once more along the smaller triangle's longer edge.
Create the flower portion by folding another paper napkin in half diagonally, as above. Place it on a work surface with the point facing down and the long edge at the top. Take the point (the corner opposite the long edge), and fold it up so its tip slightly extends beyond the long edge.
Fold the shorter, bottom edge up to a point just short of the long edge. Begin rolling the paper napkin up tightly from either the right or left side, guiding the cloth as you go to keep it even.
Place the rolled-up flower portion in the fold of the leaf portion, roll the leaf portion loosely around it, and arrange the napkins inside an empty glass or tumbler.
To fold the napkin, lay it on a flat surface, and fold in half widthwise so the folded edge is near you. Fold the top layer back down halfway. Turn the napkin over, and fold the edges into the center. Finish by folding the napkin in half.
Tuck a sprig of mint or oregano into the pocket on top. For the holidays use a tiny evergreen sprig and for New Year's celebration or birthday, tuck a small party favor inside.
The Rectangle or Triangle
Fold one napkin in quarters and then in half to form a rectangle or triangle. The loose corners of the napkin should always be on the left or lower left, so guests can simply lift one corner to gently unfold the entire napkin.
Consider adding a single flower, small bouquet, decorative place card or handwritten menu to each place setting.
Grasp one unfolded napkin in the center. Lift and gently gather the sides; then finish with a loose-fitting napkin ring, or tie ribbon or twine in the center.
After folding, place the napkin on or beside a dinner plate.
Fold one napkin in half and then roll from one end to the other. Slip into a napkin ring, or tie in center with ribbon, raffia, an ivy branch or silver braid.
Fold one napkin into a large triangle, then roll the outer tip in to form a tube and tie in a loose knot.
The Diamond - Version 2
Use one napkin, instead of two napkin colors shown above. (Similar to the Diamond Fold above, but the right and left points are tucked under instead ot folded up.)
Fold napkin into quarters, then fold the right and left points underneath to create a point at the top and a V shape at the bottom
Fold a square napkin diagonally in half, and press. The folded edge should be facing you. Fold the right and left points to the bottom center, and press. Fold right and left sides to the center, and press. Fold the outward-facing point toward you to finish making the envelope.
Crease the napkin with the iron along both of its bias lines. Fold the first corner from tip to center to make a 45-degree angle. Fold the second corner the same way, bringing it an inch away from the first corner. Press the napkin. Repeat these steps for the third and fourth corner, pressing after each fold. Fold the bottom third of the napkin up to the middle, roll it into a cone shape, and insert it into a glass.
Fold all four corners of the napkin to the center, and press. Flip the napkin over, and fold the corners to the center. Press the napkin. With one finger pressing down on the napkins center, reach underneath, and pull the flap at each corner partially out to create a lotus flower.
Fold the napkin in half with the folded edge facing away from you. Bring the top flap two thirds of the way toward the folded edge, and press. Bring the bottom flap one third of the way toward the first folded edge; you should have a rectangle that appears to be evenly spaced into thirds. Fold the length of the napkin into thirds. Bring the right and left edges back to the sides, and press.