How to fold a shamrock napkin

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How to fold a shamrock napkin
(clover image by Boguslaw Mazur from

A napkin folded into a shamrock adds a lucky touch to a St. Patrick's Day party. Your corned beef and cabbage will taste even better on a table decorated with these four leaf clovers folded from napkins. They also make great coasters for an Irish beer tasting party. Generate this particular fold with a soft, unstarched, cloth napkin.

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Things you need

  • Square cloth napkin

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  1. 1

    Lay napkin face down on a table. Fold all four corners into the centre, making another square.

  2. 2

    Turn napkin over and again fold all four corners into the centre to make a square. At this point, you should have a cloth version of a paper "cootie catcher" or "fortune teller."

  3. 3

    Reach under the folded napkin, while holding the folds in the centre of the napkin down, and gently pull out the four napkin corners. This will make four soft-rounded folds on top of the napkin, like the leaves on a four leaf clover.

  4. 4

    Tuck the corners of the napkin back under 1 inch to give the "leaves" a rounded look. "Fluff" the napkin by smoothing down the folds in the centre and rounding the four "leaves."

Tips and warnings

  • Shamrock napkins look good placed in the centre of the plate.
  • Put a dinner roll in the middle of your four leaf clover or hide lucky gold coins in the openings in the leaves

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