How to Fold a Napkin Like a Star

Updated February 21, 2017

Napkins folded in the shape of a four-pointed star add height and interest to a holiday table. These stars folded from white linen napkins will stand up tall on a formal Christmas dinner table. Stars folded from red, white and blue paper napkins are fun for a Fourth of July picnic.

Lay the napkin on a table right side down. Fold it in half diagonally, forming a triangle. Press the crease firmly. Unfold. Repeat this fold with the opposite two corners. Press the crease firmly. Unfold.

Fold the napkin in half lengthwise, forming a rectangle. Press the crease firmly. Unfold. Fold the napkin in half widthways. Press the crease firmly. Unfold. This is called a "waterbomb" base. It has four folds all on the same side of the napkin, all meeting in the centre.

Refold the napkin along one of the diagonal lines. Lay the resulting triangle on the table with the point facing you. Grasp the top corners of the napkin, one in each hand. Lift the napkin and push the corners down. This will form a star shape.

Place the four-pointed star on the table, spacing the points evenly


You may need to iron the creases into a cloth napkin.

Things You'll Need

  • Square paper napkin or heavily starched cloth napkin
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.