How to Fold a Napkin With a Napkin Ring

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How to Fold a Napkin With a Napkin Ring
Napkin rings can ensure that a table is decorated to perfection. (two silver napkin rings and napkins image by Warren Millar from

A lot of people love to entertain both family and friends in the comfort of their own home. No matter the reason, many enjoy setting a beautiful table that is made complete by perfectly crisp linens. Folded and wonderfully displayed napkins can make a table look gorgeous and sophisticated. A napkin ring can ensure that the linens on your table will be arranged to perfection.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Choose the napkins and napkin rings that will be used. These choices may have an effect on which folding methods are reasonable for use.

  2. 2

    Decide what method will be used to fold the napkin. These might include an easy free form style, a standard scroll roll, a fan, a fleur-de-lis fold, a ring fold, a peacock fold, a rabbit ear fold or a bow fold.

  3. 3

    Iron each napkin, if necessary, to assure that it doesn’t have any wrinkles. Then, lay a napkin out on a flat surface.

  4. 4

    Prepare an easy free form napkin by picking a flat napkin up in the centre, placing it between your fore finger and thumb. Using that centre, stuff it into a napkin ring, arranging the points of the napkin as desired.

  5. 5

    Roll a scrolled napkin by folding a flat napkin in half. Starting at one end, roll the napkin loosely, securing it with a napkin ring in the centre.

  6. 6

    Roll a fanned napkin by folding a flat napkin in half. Starting at one end of the napkin, begin pleating it like a fan at about 1-inch increments, being careful to make the pleats as sharp as possible. Secure the napkin at one end with a napkin ring, allowing the pleats to fan out at the top.

  7. 7

    Roll a napkin in a fleur-de-lis by folding a flat napkin into a triangle with the open end facing you. Fold the point away from you over the top of the fold to about 1 1/2 inches. Then loosely pleat the napkin from end to end. Place the base of the napkin into a deep, free standing napkin ring.

  8. 8

    Roll a napkin in a peacock fold by folding the napkin into thirds. Gather the bottom of the napkin where the ends are located loosely. Secure with a napkin ring to form a loose fanned look like that of a peacock.

  9. 9

    Roll a napkin in a bow fold by folding the napkin in half. Then fold the ends of the napkin in thirds from both ends. Place a napkin ring around the centre and fluff both ends of the napkin to form a bow.

  10. 10

    Roll a rabbit ear fold by folding a flat napkin into a triangle. Beginning at the long end of the napkin, roll it tightly to the pointed end to form a long roll. Fold the roll in half and stick it into a free-standing napkin ring to form what appears to be rabbit ears.

Tips and warnings

  • The most elegant napkin folds require napkins with some body to them. Anything too thin or flimsy won't fold properly.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Don't rush. It takes time to fold a napkin properly.

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