Looking for an easy way to dress up your table for a special occasion? Try a creative napkin fold, like an adorable bunny for Easter, a rose for Mother’s Day, a bat for Halloween, a turkey for Thanksgiving or a tree for Christmas. You’ll find lots of napkin folding ideas, inspiration and instructions to decorate your table for every holiday and special occasion.
Whether you’re setting the table for Mother’s Day, a Thanksgiving feast, a July 4th barbecue or a New Year’s Eve party, I’ve found some great, creative and easy napkin folding ideas you’ll want to try.
In addition to the major holidays — New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — you’ll find napkin folding ideas and techniques to use all year round for any occasion you can imagine. Butterflies, boats, firecrackers, shamrocks, pinwheels, bow ties, tuxedo jackets, flowers and more — there’s no limit to the shapes into which you can fold a napkin.
Most of these napkin folding ideas can be done with cloth or paper napkins. At the end of this post, you’ll find links to purchase pretty cloth and paper napkins.
Creative & Seasonal Napkin Folding Ideas
These napkin folds are great for lots of different occasions. The sailboat is great for a baby shower, kid’s birthday party or a bon voyage celebration. The pinwheel napkin fold is fun for summer barbecues, as well as weddings. Kids will get a kick out of seeing napkins folded into butterflies and fish. You’ll also love the napkin folding ideas for July 4th and St. Patrick’s Day.
- Pinwheel Napkin Fold – Atta Girl Says
- Airplane Napkin Fold Idea – Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Spring Napkin Fold – Celebrate and Decorate
- How To Fold A Napkin Like A Boat – Our Everyday Life
- Butterfly Napkin Fold – Napkins.com
- Fish Napkin Fold – 11vny on YouTube
- Firecracker Napkin Fold – Taste of Home
- 4-Leaf Clover St. Patrick’s Day Napkin Fold – Between Naps on the Porch
Easter Napkin Folding Ideas
Learn how to fold napkins into Easter bunnies, carrots and crosses — perfect for your Easter table.
- Easter Bunny Napkin Fold -Sand and Sisal
- Bunny Napkin Fold – Creative Ramblings
- Bunny Napkins – The Soccer Mom
- Easter Table Tussie Mussie – Home Is Where The Boat Is
- Carrot Napkin Fold – Pottery Barn Kids
- Easy Bunny Ears Napkin – Pier 1
- Cross Napkin Fold – NAPKIN Tutorial
Mother’s Day Napkin Folds
Celebrate mom with a home-cooked meal served at a pretty table. She’ll love these flower napkin folding ideas.
- Mother’s Day Bow Napkin – Summer Adams
- Spring Tablescape Flower Fold – Kenarry
- Rosette Napkin Fold – StoneGable
- Fillable Pouch Napkins – Matthew Mead on Living Locurto
Halloween Napkin Folding Ideas
Learn how to fold napkins into pumpkins, bats, ghosts and a witch hat.
- Ghost Napkin Fold – My Chinet
- Bat Napkin Folding – Instructables
- Pumpkin Napkin Fold – Bright Settings
- Witchy Tablescape – Karin’s Kottage
Thanksgiving & Fall Napkin Fold Ideas
Fall leaves, turkeys and other creative napkin folds are easy ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table.
- Fall Napkin Envelope Fold – Petal and Ply
- Turkey Napkin Fold – Smarty Had A Party
- Turkey Napkin Fold – Martha Stewart
- How To Fold Napkins With Sunflower – Pride In Photos
- Fall Leaf Napkin Fold – Smarty Had a Party
- Holiday Table Napkin Fold – Up To Date Interiors
Christmas Napkin Folds
Learn several different techniques for folding napkins into Christmas trees and stars, plus find more whimsical napkin folding tutorials for Santa’s hat and elf boots.
- Christmas Tree Napkins – Publix
- Double Star Napkin Fold – My Chinet
- Santa Claus Napkin Rings – Atta Girl Says
- Christmas Tree Napkin Fold – Sand and Sisal
- Christmas Elves Napkin Fold – Serendipity Patchwork
- Poinsettia Napkin Fold – Origami Tree
- Star Napkin Fold – The House That Lars Built
- Christmas Star – 11vny
Valentine’s Day Napkin Fold Ideas
Learn how to fold napkins into hearts, roses and envelopes for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
- Valentine’s Day Table Setting – Sand and Sisal
- Heart Napkin Fold – From House To Home
- DIY Romanticl Rose Napkin Fold – Smarty Had A Party
- Two Valentine’s Days – DIY Design Fanatic
Father’s Day Napkin Folding Ideas
Honor dad with a homemade meal for Father’s Day. He’ll get a kick out of seeing napkins folded into neckties, bowties and a golf shirt!
- Necktie Napkin Fold – Home Stories A to Z
- How To Fold A Napkin Into A Necktie – Clever Parties
- Golf Shirt Napkin Fold For Father’s Day – A Labour of Life
- 4 Easy Steps To A Father’s Day Napkin Fold – Your Linen Service
New Year’s Eve Napkin Folds
These more formal napkin folds are perfect for New Year’s Eve or a wedding. Who knew you could turn a napkin into a tuxedo or fancy dresses?
- Tuxedo Jacket – My Crafts
- Bowtie Napkin Fold – Home Madeville
- Beauties and Bowties – Pinterest
- 8 Amazing New Year Napkin Folding – CK- Creative Kitchen
- Christmas Dinner Jacket Napkin Fold – Rockett St. George
- Tuxedo Jacket – My Crafts
- Prom Dress Napkin Fold – Creative Kitchen
- Wedding Dress Napkin Fold – 11vny
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