Paper napkin folding instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Lay the napkin out in front of you.

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

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

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


Wash your hands before you begin folding your napkins.

Things You'll Need

  • 13-inch, 2-ply napkins
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