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Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

More than one tannenbaum can be found in your home for the holidays. Learn a few quick folds to turn linens into little trees. When personalized with star topper place cards—they're perfect for welcoming guests to the table.

christmas tree napkin fold table setting with name tags

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

We used a 20-by-20-inch dinner napkin for this origami-inspired idea. For a crisp look, we suggest that you iron the napkin before folding. Optional: Punch out a paper star "topper," personalize it with the handwritten name of a guest, and then this idea doubles as a place card.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of napkin-folding projects.

materials

  • Napkin (Pictured: Rough Linen Limited Edition linen napkin, in Moss, 20", $20 each, roughlinen.com.)

steps

  1. Lay the napkin faceup on a flat surface.

    christmas tree napkin step one unfolded
  2. Fold the napkin in half. 

    christmas tree napkin half fold step two
  3. Fold the napkin in half again, so that it's a quarter of its original size.

    christmas tree napkin square fold step three
  4. Position the napkin so it lies flat in a diamond shape with the open corners facing you.

    christmas tree napkin fold how-to
  5. Fold the open corner's top layer to meet the opposite corner (this will be the top peak of the "tree.") Repeat with each layer, staggering each one in descending order.

    christmas tree napkin triangle half fold step five
  6. Repeat this with every layer, tucking each one into the upper fold.

    christmas tree napkin corner fold step six
  7. Flip the napkin over so that the wrong side is facing you.

    christmas tree napkin layered fold step seven
  8. Fold the napkin into thirds, forming a kite shape. 

    christmas tree napkin layered fold step eight
  9. Flip the napkin over so that the right side is facing you.

    christmas tree napkin layered fold step nine
  10. Fold the upper layer to the peak of napkin. Repeat this with every layer, tucking each one into the upper fold.

    christmas tree napkin layered folds step ten
  11. Tuck the bottom layer underneath the napkin.

    christmas tree shape folded napkin step eleven

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