6 Festive and Easy Ways to Fold Napkins for the Holidays

Impress your family and friends with minimal effort with these easy Christmas napkin folding ideas.

November 01, 2021
Elf Shaped Napkin Sitting on Plate With Gold Silverware

Elf Hat Folded Napkin

Wow your guests this Christmas with an elf hat-shaped napkin.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Hosting for the holidays? Simply whipping up a menu of food can be exhausting enough — not to mention getting guest rooms ready, decorating and setting the table. But fear not! We're sharing six adorable and oh-so-easy ways to fold napkins for your next holiday tablescape. Your guests will only think you spent tons of time on these.

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Poinsettia Napkin Fold

Red Napkin on Plate Folded With Four Points

Poinsettia Folded Napkin

Impress your guests this Christmas with a festive poinsettia folded napkin.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with a red square napkin on a table or flat surface. The napkin should be wrong side up. Fold each of the four corners into the center to form a diamond shape (Image 1). Repeat and fold each corner into the center again to form a square shape (Image 2). Flip the napkin over. Fold each of those four corners into the center, creating a diamond shape again (Image 3). Reach under the napkin and pull each corner up to form the poinsettia flower petals (Images 4 & 5).

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Napkin Standing Upright on Plate With Glitter Star

Christmas Tree-Shaped Folded Napkin

Impress your guests this holiday season with a Christmas tree-shaped napkin at the table.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with a green square napkin on a table or flat surface. The napkin should be wrong side up. Fold the napkin in half lengthwise. Fold each corner in to make two pointed ends at the top and bottom of the napkin (Image 1). Next, fold the top and bottom points into the center to form a square shape (Image 2). Fold the napkin in half horizontally so that the triangles are on the outside pointed up (Image 3). Lift and tuck each side under (Image 4). Stand the napkin up and crease along the back edge (Image 5). Top with a glittery star for embellishment.

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.

Elf Hat Napkin Fold

Elf Hat Napkin Sitting on Plate Next to Gold Silverware

Elf Hat-Shaped Folded Napkin

For extra cheer this Christmas, fold your table napkins into adorable little elf hats.

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 horizontally with the napkin edge away from you and the folded side toward you. Place one finger in the center of the folded side to hold the napkin down (Image 1). With another hand, pinch and roll the napkin into a cone shape from left to right (Image 2). Fold back the bottom edge to hold the cone in place (Image 3). Stand the napkin up (Image 4). For an embellishment, attach a red pom-pom to a toothpick and insert it into the top of the hat (Image 5).

Rose Napkin Fold

Rose Shaped Napkin With Petals Sitting on Top of Plate

Folded Napkin Rose

This folded napkin rose is sure to impress your guests this holiday season.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with a square napkin on a table or flat surface. Fold the napkin at a diagonal and then turn the napkin so that the long side of the triangle is closest to you. Roll the napkin from the bottom about halfway up (Images 1 & 2), then turn the napkin over. Take the end of the left tail and roll it across (Image 3), all the way to the other side. Tuck in the end of the napkin (Image 4). Set the napkin up and pull the two inside flaps down (Image 5). These will be the rose petals. Flip the napkin over once more for a finished rose-shaped napkin.

Pinwheel Napkin Fold

Napkin Shaped Like a Pinwheel on Top of Plate

Pinwheel-Shaped Folded Napkin

This pinwheel-shaped napkin is sure to impress your guests this holiday season.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Start with a square napkin on a table or flat surface. Fold each of the four corners into the center to form a diamond shape (Images 1 & 2). Turn the napkin to make a square shape, and fold each side into the center lengthwise to create one long rectangle (Images 3 & 4).

Fold the bottom and the top into the center to form a square (Image 1). Take one flap and pull it out to create a triangle (Image 2). Repeat with the next flap (Image 3). Fold the first flap down (Image 4). Repeat these three steps on the opposite side of the napkin (Image 5).

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