Holiday Napkin Folding

Napkin folding, it’s like origami with material!! With the holidays upon us there will be many opportunities to show off your napkin folding skills and present a beautiful dinner table at the same time. Here are two of my favourite festive ways to fold napkins that will have the whole family singing your praise. Make sure your napkins are square shaped for both of these works of art.

You will need:

  • square napkins (as many as your dinner table seats)

Christmas Tree:

  1. Start with the good side of the napkin facing up.
  2. Fold the napkin in half by aligning the bottom edge to the top edge.
  3. Fold in half again by aligning the right side to the left side.

  4. Turn the napkin 1/4 turn clockwise so the points are at the top.
  5. One layer at a time, take the top point down to the bottom, approx 1/2 inch from the last, so the points are layered. (see pic)

  6. Carefully turn the napkin over.
  7. Fold the left half of the napkin so the left side is horizontal and the point is halfway.

  8. Fold the right side of the napkin over the left half.
  9. Again, carefully flip the napkin over.

  10. Take the top layer point (that is pointed down) and flip it up so that it meets the top point.
  11. Continue flipping up each layer and tucking it under the last layer.

  12. Place your beautiful tree napkin on a plate, ready to impress your guests.















Poinsettia:

  1. Start with the good side of the napkin facing up.
  2. Bring all four corners of the napkin into the centre (like making a cootie catcher)



  3. Bring all four corner into the centre again.



  4. Carefully turn the napkin over.
  5. One more time, bring all four corners of the napkin into the centre. You may have to hold with your finger if you are using a more silky napkin.
  6. While holding the points in the middle, reach behind one corner and pull the flap out from behind by pinching the point so as to cup the “petal”. (see pic)
  7. Repeat for each corner.

  8. Place your beautiful tree napkin on a plate, ready to impress your guests.












Write in the comments to tell us how yours turned out and leave your tips and tricks. Or post a pic to instagram and tag #ggcmagazine.

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