Paper napkin folding instructions

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Paper napkin folding instructions
Get creative and mix up the colours you use for your folded napkins. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Paper napkins are a cheap but functional alternative to cloth napkins. Like their cloth counterpart, paper napkins can be folded into various designs to add a nice touch to the dinner table. Paper napkins can be folded into intricate designs such as a swan or a more simple design to hold the silverware. They come in multiple colours and prints including holiday, seasonal and child friendly prints. There are many decorative ways to fold napkins -- choose the one that is most appropriate for your occasion.

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Things you need

  • 13-inch, 2-ply napkins

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    Basic Silverware Pouch

  1. 1

    Lay the napkin in its original folded square out in front of you with the open corner in the top left.

    Paper napkin folding instructions
    Create a napkin pouch to house your silverware on the dinner table. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Fold the topmost layer or the open corner in half diagonally so it meets the bottom right closed corner and press firmly to create a crease.

  3. 3

    Turn the napkin over so the open corner is now in the top right.

  4. 4

    Fold the right side of the napkin 1/3 of the way back and press firmly on the crease. Do the same with the left side.

  5. 5

    Turn the napkin over and insert your silverware into the pouch.

    The Lily Goblet Napkin Fold

  1. 1

    Lay the napkin out in front of you.

  2. 2

    Fold the napkin accordion style and pinch the centre leaving the ends loose.

  3. 3

    Fold the napkin in half and tuck it into your wine goblet or other glass of choice.

  4. 4

    Pull the loose corners apart gently so they are all even.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash your hands before you begin folding your napkins.

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