6 Ways to Fold the Perfect Thanksgiving Napkin

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

October 28, 2021

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Show: HGTV Happy

Take your cloth napkins from drab to fab this season with just a few simple and easy 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.

Get More Holiday Ideas

Folded Napkins Five Ways 01:44

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

Pumpkin Napkin Fold

Napkin Shaped Like Pumpkin With Name Tag Sitting on Plate

Pumpkin-Shaped Napkin Fold

Wow your guests with this cute pumpkin-shaped napkin.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with an orange square napkin on a table or flat surface. Place a napkin ring in the center of the napkin (Image 1), and slightly pull the middle section of the napkin up through the napkin ring (Image 2). Fold each corner of the napkin into the center (Image 3). Continue folding the napkin into the center, tucking the napkin into the napkin ring as you go (Image 4). Finally, insert a stick of cinnamon into the center to hold the napkin in place and serve as the pumpkin's stem (Image 5).

Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin Fold

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Start with a square napkin on a table or flat surface. Fold the bottom edge of the napkin up two-thirds of the way (Image 1). Then, fold the bottom edge up about one-third of the way (Image 2). Starting at one side, make small vertical folds all the way to the opposite edge like a paper fan (Image 3). Secure the bottom with a napkin ring, and then fan out the top (Image 4). Next, cut the bottom off of a small gourd so it can sit flat (Image 5). Stand the napkin up using the ring, and place the gourd in front of it to form the turkey's head and body.

Traditional Leaf Napkin Fold

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Start by folding a square napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle (Image 1). Starting in one of the bottom corners, fold a small piece over vertically, like a paper fan (Image 2). Continue folding all the way to the opposite corner (Image 3), and then secure the folds with a napkin ring. Fan out the top and lay it flat to form a leaf shape (Image 4).

Pretty Bow Napkin Fold

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Fold a square napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle (Image 1). Fold the tip of the triangle down almost halfway, then fold the bottom edge up to meet the tip (Image 2). Fold the bottom edge over again until it meets the top edge (Image 3).

Take each end and fold them upward at a diagonal angle until the tips meet in the middle (Images 1 & 2). Fold each piece down over the rest of the napkin, tucking the right end underneath the left end (Image 3). Fit a napkin ring around the center (Image 4), pull the pointed ends down (Image 5) and fashion each side into a bow shape.

Treat Container Napkin Fold

Tiny Napkin Basket on Plate With Chocolates Inside

Napkin Basket Place Marker

This napkin treat basket is sure to wow guests at your next holiday party.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with a square napkin on a table or flat surface. The napkin should be wrong side up. Fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle with the long side closest to you (Image 1). Fold each corner of the triangle to the top to make a diamond shape (Images 2 & 3). Flip the napkin over (Image 4). Fold the bottom up, forming a small, one-inch border on each side (Image 5).

Fold the entire top triangle down to the bottom edge (Image 1). Flip the napkin over again, and tuck in each of the two tips of the loose triangles (Image 2). Fold the right corner three-quarters of the way over to the left (Image 3). Take the left corner and tuck it into the right to form a basket (Images 4 & 5). Stand up the napkin and fill with treats.

Silverware Pocket Sleeve Napkin Fold

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Fold a square napkin in half along the long edge, and then fold it in half again to form a smaller square (Image 1). Fold the top layer of one corner diagonally all the way to the opposite corner (Image 2). Fold each layer down in the same way, folding less each time and tucking the tips of each corner under the previous fold (Image 3). Tuck each side under (Image 4), and place silverware in the pockets.

Set the Thanksgiving Table

Learn How to Clean Silver With This Easy Trick

Put a little science and two kitchen staples (aluminum foil and baking soda) to work to easily vanquish years' worth of silver tarnish.

Next Up

10 Tips to Make This Thanksgiving the Best One Yet

Host Thanksgiving like a pro with these time-saving and stress-cutting ideas.

3 Simple Ways to Fold a Napkin

Impress your guests with these fancy folded dinner napkins.

Smoked, Grilled or Fried? How to Cook the Best Turkey Ever

Here's everything you need to free up the oven for other things and still make Turkey Day magic.

How to Create a Florist-Worthy Fall Floral Arrangement

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show off your floral-arranging skills to wow holiday guests. Creating an impressive centerpiece by mixing fresh flowers, artificial greenery and seasonal fruit is easier than it looks. Since some of the greens used are artificial, pieces of this arrangement can be reused and reworked again and again.

12 Festive Friendsgiving Decorations Under $40

Host your besties for a fall feast with our favorite Friendsgiving decorations and ideas.

12 Placemats You Can Buy Right Now for Your Fall Table

Bring a taste of autumn to your dining table with these beautiful fall-inspired placemats worthy of displaying all season long.

How to Make Dipped Candy Apple Party Favors

Rustic yet refined embellishments like a sprig of gilded greenery and a leaf-shaped kraft paper tag make these candy-coated apples a casually elegant, yet affordable DIY favor. Give them out as take-home treats at your next gathering or package them up as pretty, edible holiday gifts.

Festive Fall Tablescape

Add a festive fall touch to your Thanksgiving with these easy-to-create decorations.

5 Thanksgiving Projects to Start Now

Ready or not, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Get a jump on your Turkey Day prep with these five DIY decorating ideas.

35 Best Tapered Candles, Candle Holders and Trimmers

Add a stylish touch to your holiday table with these stunning tapered candles and accessories.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Related Pages