5 Ways to Fold the Perfect Holiday Napkin

Step up your place settings this holiday season with these clever and festive napkin folding ideas.

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Easily set the table for any occasion with these handy napkin-folding tips.

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Take your cloth napkins from drab to fab this season with just a few simple folds! Offering everything from functional silverware sleeves to a festive Thanksgiving turkey, your table will be dressed to impress with these fun and fancy tutorials. 

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Traditional

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Start by folding the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle. Starting in one of the bottom corners, fold a small piece over vertically, like a paper fan. Continue folding all the way to the opposite corner, and then secure the folds with a napkin ring. Fan out the top and lay it flat to form a leaf shape. 

Pretty Bow

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Fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle. Fold the tip of the triangle down almost halfway, and then fold the bottom edge up to meet the tip. Fold the bottom edge over again until it meets the top edge. 

Take each end and fold them upward at a diagonal angle until the tips meet in the middle. Fold each piece down over the rest of the napkin, tucking the right end underneath the left end. Fit a napkin ring around the center, pull the pointed ends down, and fashion each side into a bow shape. 

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Fold the napkin in half along the long edge, and then fold the bottom edge up about one-third of the way. Starting at one side, make small vertical folds all the way to the opposite edge like a paper fan. Secure the bottom with a napkin ring, and then fan out the top. Stand the napkin up using the ring, and place a small gourd in front of it to form the turkey's head and body. 

Christmas Tree

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Fold the napkin in half along the long edge, and then fold it in half again to form a square. Take the top layer of the top corner and fold it down diagonally until it almost reaches the opposite corner. Fold down the rest of the layers one by one in the same way. 

Fold each side under to form a long diamond shape, and then turn each of the triangular tips under each of the folds. Place a star on top to add some additional Christmas cheer. 

Silverware Pocket Sleeve

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Cassidy Garcia

Fold the napkin in half along the long edge, and then fold it in half again to form a square. Fold the top layer of one corner diagonally all the way to the opposite corner. Fold each layer down in the same way, folding less each time and tucking the tips of each corner under the previous fold. Fold each side under, and place silverware in the pockets.  

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