This one is great for children's birthday parties! The birthday child will be delighted to find a crown marking his or her spot at the party table. If you decide to make a crown for each guest, be sure to use a special napkin (patterned or a different color) for the birthday child in order to set him or her apart from the other guests.
- Start with a napkin spread out flat on the table.Fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle.
- Fold the left and right corners of the triangle to the top corner. (The napkin should now form a square.)
- Rotate the napkin (45 degrees) so the square becomes a diamond. (Do not make any folds; simply turn the napkin, so that the folded corner of the square is pointing at you, and the open ends are away from you.)
- Fold the bottom point two-thirds of the way to the top point of the diamond; then, fold the bottom point back down on itself so it is even with the base line.
- Gently turn the napkin over.
- Bring the far corners together, tucking one into the other to form a round base.
- Stand the napkin upright on the base; peel the top corners down and out to finish the crown.
Fork and Knife Holder
- This one is also great for kids, but can be used for adult-only parties as well. Small napkins (approx. 10"x10") will look better than large napkinswith this design. If you can't find cloth napkins that are small enough, use paper napkins instead. Begin with a napkin laid flat on the table.
- Fold three corners into the center. (Shape will look like a house.)
- Flip the napkin over so the smooth side is up.
- Place the bottom of the house facing you, with the roof pointing away from you.
- Fold the right side over one-third of the house's length, so that the triangle on the back protrudes.
- Repeat the same fold on the left side; tuck the bottom corner of the left edge into the pocket on the right.
- Flip napkin back over; insert utensils in the pocket on the front.
- For a more elegant napkin decoration, consider this flowery design. It is a bit trickier than the others and may take some practice before it looks right to you, but the result is beautiful.
- Lay a napkin flat on the table.
- Fold all four corners to the center, one at a time, to create a square.
- Bring each of the four corners into the center again, to form an even smaller square.
- Gently flip the napkin over, so the smooth side is up.
- Again, fold the four corners into the center, and hold them in place.
- While holding a center point with one hand, reach under and gently pull up the flap beneath it.
- Repeat the process until you have pulled up all four flaps from underneath the napkin.
- In between these corner flaps is another set of four flaps. While continuing to hold the center points, pull each one out and up until it snaps.
- After you've pulled up all the petals, adjust your rose until it looks right to you.
Lady's Fan If you're looking for a classic design that is appropriate for a variety of occasions, the fan is your best choice.
- Lay your napkin flat on the table.
- Fold napkin in half to form a rectangle; place napkin with short side facing you.
- Starting on the side closest to you, make ½-inch accordion pleats; leave the last 4-5 inches flat. (The flat section will become the base of the fan.)
- Fold accordion in half, with the pleats on the outside. (Keep the accordion closed with your fingers.)
- Hold the napkin so the accordion is on the left and the flat section is on the right.
- With the open ends of the napkin on top, grasp the top right corners of the flat section and fold diagonally down toward the folded base of the pleats to make a triangle; tuck under the edge.
- Place napkin on the table and allow the pleats to fan out.
Goblet FanGoblet Fan This alternative to the traditional fan is even easier to make! Just follow the directions below for another fun idea.
Lay your napkin flat.
- Fold napkin in half; place short side of the rectangle facing you.
- Make ½-inch accordion pleats from top to bottom.
- Holding the pleats together, fold the end with open edges one-third of the way back toward the center of the pleats.
- Insert the folded portion into the goblet; allow the pleats to fan out.
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