How to Tie Paper Napkins With a Ribbon

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How to Tie Paper Napkins With a Ribbon
Decorate your paper napkins with ribbon. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Creating centrepieces and laying tables can be a laborious task when inviting guests for dinner. It is much more exciting to cook the food and prepare the cocktails. However, you need to provide for your guests, and paper napkins are a cost-effective solution to looking after your guests -- plus they are disposable. But they don't need to look cheap. Tying them up with ribbons gives them a neat and professional look to match other decorations, or your crockery.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 different-coloured napkins
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Lay two squares of paper napkin on a flat surface. Use two different colours to make the napkin and ribbon presentation more decorative. Overlap the squares.

  2. 2

    Roll the two napkins together lengthwise to create a long sausage shape. Carefully curve the two ends around to make a "'U" formation.

  3. 3

    Cut a length of matching ribbon measuring 15 to 20 inches long. Once the bow has been made, you can use the excess length to make curls.

  4. 4

    Loop the ribbon halfway around the U-shaped napkin.

  5. 5

    Tie the ribbon in a bow, as if you are tying a shoelace. Then, use the scissors to curl the trailing ribbon ends.

  6. 6

    Close the scissors and press the flat, blunt blade against one of the ribbon tails, at the top where the box is. Pull the scissors along the ribbon toward your body to make the ribbon twist.

  7. 7

    Position your tied decorative paper napkin in front of the guest at the dinner table.

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