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If you enjoy making folded paper flowers, stars, and other origami things, you may be interested in napkin origami folding too. This variation of traditional origami uses basic folds to make fancy designs by folding napkins. Although most of the origami napkin folding is made with cloth napkins, the folding instructions are the same for paper napkins.

Origami Napkin Folding

The Slide Napkin Folding

This napkin folding technique is good for those dinner wedding receptions where you want something fancy, but not too complex. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you. Fold the napkin into quarters. Orient the napkin so that the open end is pointing away from you. Fold the napkin in half by bringing the far end up to the front. Press this fold down well. Take the top-layer of napkin and fold it back, making a crease about 1/2″-1″ before the top. Flip the napkin over, keeping the single-layer tip pointing away from you. Flip the napkin over, keeping the single-layer tip pointing away from you. Open and stand and you will have a fancy slide napkin!

Slide Napkin Folding

Slide Napkin Folding

The Fleur de Lys Napkin Folding

For a French themed wedding reception, Fleur de Lys in a cup napkin folding is a perfect choice. This is a fast and easy fold. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. Fold the napkin in half diagonally. Orient the napkin so the open end points toward you. Fold the bottom point up so the tip overlaps the far edge by about an inch. Accordion fold the entire napkin from left to right. Firmly grasp the base and insert it into a glass or a napkin ring and you’re proudly displaying a Fleur de Lys for each of your dinner guests.

Fleur de Lys Napkin Folding

Fleur de Lys Napkin Folding

The Flower Napkin Folding

Works best if you have a very large plate to set it on, or as a centerpiece with the sugar bowl placed in the middle. Fold each corner to the center of the napkin. Fold each new  corner to the center of the napkin. Turn the napkin over. Fold each new corner to the center of the napkin. Reach under each corner and pull out the petals (these are the new corners you created with the first step). Reach under each edge and pull out the leaves (these are the original corners of the napkin). Some napkins require that you set a glass or the pepper shaker in the middle to keep the whole thing from falling apart.

Flower Napkin Folding

Flower Napkin Folding

The Ship Napkin Folding

Works best with a heavily starched napkin. By heavily starched I mean you should hear it crack when you bend it. Fold the napkin in half. Fold it in half again the other way, so all four corners are stacked on each other. Arrange the napkin to look like a diamond, with the four corners of the cloth at the bottom. Fold the napkin diagonally, so the four corners are at the top of the triangle. Take one of the bottom points of the triangle and bring it down, so that the edge it made with the top point runs vertically down the center of the napkin. Repeat with the other side. You have two choices here, which depend on the amount of starch in the napkin, and if you have a fork handy. If the napkin accepts creases well and tends to stay where you put it, fold the little bits that hang over the bottom edge under. If the napkin is very springy or very limp, leave these sticking out, and steal a clean fork from the next table if you’ve already used yours. Fold the napkin in half backwards. If you folded the extra bits under in the previous step, this will trap them together on the inside of the ship. If you left them sticking out run them between the tines of the fork to hold the thing together. Pull up the napkin’s corners one at a time to form sails.

Ship Napkin Folding

Ship Napkin Folding

Heart Napkin Folding

In order to show your loved ones that you put in a bit “extra” for them on the special day you should think about having heart shaped folded napkins at your wedding. It’s a very easy fold and you will have fun doing it also. Iron the napkin to be flat and smooth before folding. Start with your square napkin, and then fold it in half from bottom to top. Then fold it in half once more, bottom to top. Next, bring the right side up to the middle crease; then do the same with the left. Next take the top inner corners of each side and fold down and under. To get it to stay, you can take you iron and iron the creases to make a nice, neat fold that stays. Next,  fold down the inner corners of the heart.

Heart Napkin Folding

Heart Napkin Folding

The Diamond Napkin Folding

Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you. Fold the napkin into quarters. Fold the top-most layer of the napkin in half diagonally – up and to the left. Fold the next layer of napkin diagonally up and to the left, stopping slightly before the last fold to create an even, staggered effect. Repeat by folding up the next layer of napkin to a point just before the last one. And one last time with one last layer. Keep them as uniform as you can. Now fold both sides of the napkin under and in to create an even, staggered diamond effect on the napkin.

Diamond Napkin Folding

Diamond Napkin Folding

The Bishop’s Hat Napkin Fold

Lay the napkin face down in front of you. Fold the dinner napkin in half so that the open end is towards you. Fold the far-right corner diagonally towards you, resting the point in the center of the side closest to you. Fold the near-left corner diagonally away from you, resting it so that it lies right next to the previous fold. Flip the napkin over and orient it so it points to the far-left and to the near-right. Fold the bottom half of the napkin up and away from you, laying it so the far edges run on top of one other. Reach underneath of the napkin and pull out the flap on the right, making the near-side come to two points as seen in the picture. Gently roll the left half of the left triangle over and tuck its end underneath the right triangle. Flip the napkin over, points pointing away from you. Fold the right-triangle to the left, tucking its end into the other triangle. Open up the hat and press the material inside down to fill it out so that it becomes circular, this may take a little fidgeting.

Bishop's Hat Napkin Folding

Bishop’s Hat Napkin Folding

Candle Fan Napkin Folding

The candle fan stuffed into a goblet or mug can be the sparkle that you need to make your table setting perfect. The larger the napkin that you use is, the longer the ‘candles’ will be. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. Fold both sides in so they meet at the center. Press the folds down well. Take each of the four corners (now sitting at the center of the far and near sides) and fold them out diagonally, pivoting at the center of the napkin as shown. Starting at one end, tightly roll the napkin half way along its length. The tighter the better. Accordion-fold the other side of the napkin and gather it together. Fold the napkin in half with the roll in the middle. Place it into your goblet of choice and you’re done!

Candle fan Napkin folding

Candle Fan Napkin Folding

 

Deciding the personalized folding shape of your wedding napkins is a hard process, but in making that decision you have to think about the spot your folded napkins are going to occupy on the tables. There are people who like the folding napkins on the plates or in the wine glasses or even in between. Either way, with the right folding style,  the final look of the table is going to be fancy and personalized at the same time.

Napkin Folding for Wine Glass

Having your napkins set in wine glasses is only possible if you are planning to serve wine at your wedding. There are all kinds of designs that would make an elegant look, if set correctly.

For example the Lily Goble Fold is a nice choice. In order to make it you have to Lay the napkin face-down in front of you, fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you. Fold the napkin into quarters, accordion-fold the entire napkin from corner to corner, keeping the open ends at the top. Then fold the napkin in half as shown, tuck the napkin into the glass of your choice, using your fingers, gently pull apart the loose corners sticking up so they are evenly distributed. If you’re flaps don’t want to stay where you put them, then ironing a little starch into the napkin will help.

Napkin Folding for Wine Glasses

Napkin Folding for Wine Glasses

Napkin Folding for Utensils

A more contemporary and fancy style of folding the wedding napkins is the one that allows you to put all the eating utensil in them. By doing so, you fulfill two purposes at the same tame: on one hand you make sure your table setting is elegant and personalized, and on the other hand, you make sure that all the decoration details of your wedding tables  are presented in a fancy style.

An example of folding your wedding napkins for eating utensils is represented by the decorative pocket style. To make a decorative pocket napkin Turn the napkin to make a diamond shape with the folded point closest to you. Separate the free edges and begin folding each layer down to the point. Continue folding down layers, leaving last layer up. Tuck the sides of the napkin to the back. Insert the utensils.

Napkin Folding for Utensils

Napkin Folding for Utensils

Napkin Folding for Plates

As plates are larger it allows you to go as far as you want with your imagination regarding napkin folding. Colored or printed napkins, folded in the right style will ensure a fancy but elegant setting for your wedding tables. All you have to do is decide the one that suits the best your wedding theme.

My favorite napkin folding for plates is the rose. Despite looking fairly elaborate, this fold is an easy one, and it can be done with almost any variety of napkins. In order to make fold a napkin into a rose lay the napkin face-down in front of you, fold the two right corners of the napkin in so the tips rest at the center fold the remaining two corners of the napkin in so the tips meet with the last two in the center. Once again, begin folding the outer corners in so they meet at the center. Once all of the tips are folded you are left with a square about 1/4 the size of the unfolded napkin. Flip it over, fold the corners in so they meet in the center and then place something sturdy in the center, or hold it with your fingers. While maintaining downward pressure in the center of the napkin, reach underneath each corner and pull out the flaps to create petals. Remove the center weight and your rose should look as pictured here. If you like you can reach underneath the center of each side and pull out a second set of petals to fancy it up some more. Place something in the center and you’re done, have a rosy meal!

Napkin Folding for Plates

Napkin Folding for Plates

Napkin Folding for Mugs

Mugs do not represent items that are used in all the weddings but there are wedding themes that allows you to use them in a creative and fancy way. To ensure your mugs will represent a point of attraction in your wedding, choose a napkin folding style that will allow you to put your napkins in the mugs.

My favorite napkin folding for mugs is the Fleur de Lys Goblet fold. To make a fleur de Lys napkin folding, fold the napkin in half horizontally. Position the folded edge at the bottom. Fold the upper right-hand corner down to the center. Fold the left-hand corner in the same way. Bring the lower right corner of the triangle up to the top center point. Fold the lower left corner up to the top center, creating a diamond shape. Fold the top points out to form wings as shown. Slip the bottom point of the napkin into the ring. Adjust the folds as needed. Slip a beautiful napkin ring or tassel around the base of the napkin to hold the fold together.

Napkin Folding for Mugs

Napkin Folding for Mugs