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Rose Napkins

When you imagine a romantic dinner for two, crumbs never sully your partner's face. Give your fantasy a practical twist with napkins folded into a rose-inspired arrangement. The "flower" and "leaves" are tucked into a tumbler and set at each place setting. Don't worry about making the corners meet perfectly -- a little unevenness looks more natural.




  • Square green napkin
  • Square napkin in any color
  • Glass cups


  1. Step 1

    Fold a square green napkin in half along the diagonal.

  2. Step 2

    Fold it in half again along the long edge.

  3. Step 3

    Fold it once more in half along the long edge.

  4. Step 4

    Use a square napkin of any color. Fold the cloth in half along the diagonal. Place it on your work surface so that the longest side of the resulting triangle is at the top. Take the corner opposite the longest side and fold it up so that it just extends over the top. The top and bottom edges should be parallel.

  5. Step 5

    Fold the bottom edge up so that it falls just short of the top edge. Begin rolling the napkin from one end. Guide and adjust the cloth as you roll to give it an even shape.

  6. Step 6

    Slip the completed flower between the upper and lower halves of the leaves, and arrange in the glass.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2000



Reviews (20)

  • SherylW10 4 Apr, 2009

    What beautiful Idea! I'm going to use this idea for the head table at our daughter's wedding. Just an extra special presentation for the couple!

  • cookiesgalore 28 Mar, 2009

    I did this w/ paper napkins last summer and the few people I made these for just looked at them like they were a nuisance (unrolling them,etc.). They didn't use them, just threw them away! After all the work making them too. My advice: pick your crowd carefully that you're making these for, neandertals just won't "get it"!

  • DebbieDurham 27 Mar, 2009

    What a fabulous idea! I agree with "hdelauro". Two napkins would be wonderful to use. I wipe my mouth frequently then I fear staining my clothes if I return the napkin to my lap. I can't wait to try it, it looks so simple yet elegant.

  • Gamie 27 Mar, 2009

    I just bought a stack of pink fabric's to give to a quilter for a gift. I just tried rolling them into roses. They look wonderful! I'm going to lay them in green fabric, tie a ribbon around them and give her a dozen pink roses! This was a great idea!

  • dcrosby 27 Mar, 2009

    This is very simple and elegant. It makes a nice presentation for any occasion. You could even change up the color of the middle [rose] part to make a variety of colors. Although it would probably look better for a larger function or to seperate certain seating arrangements.

  • hdelauro 27 Mar, 2009

    I'd prefer having two napkins. i always like one for my lap and one for my mouth and/or fingers. I don't like using the one on my lap to soil for fear of getting the food on my clothing.

  • Babypleasure 27 Mar, 2009 romantic

  • mitzii 27 Mar, 2009

    Lovely idea but isn't having two napkins a bit awkward? Is it very common to have two napkins?

  • fredalee 27 Mar, 2009

    What a beautiful project. I love entertaining and will definitely use this idea. The only downsider, however, is having all my crazy friends and family wondering why they got two napkins (LOL)!!

  • MaureenClark 27 Mar, 2009

    Great idea and I love the visual instructions. Thank you so much.

  • makeitgr8 27 Mar, 2009

    Love this! I collect napkin folding patterns ... don't know how this one escaped me for so long. Nice.

  • winterbeach 27 Mar, 2009

    Now this is classic MS.easy.relatively inexpensive. elegant. nice to see the old touch has not faded completely.

  • beeleaf 27 Mar, 2009

    I used this easily executable idea for a large anniversary dinner party given in honor of my parents. Sewed the napkins myself rather than purchasing. Beautifully set the tone for what my sister later called a "heavenly feast". Brings back wonderful memories...

  • cksspace 27 Mar, 2009

    Looking forward to making these. Love the directions....thank you

  • AnetteSweden 27 Mar, 2009

    I vill do this tonight to me and my husbands dinner. Thankyou!

  • Susenne 27 Mar, 2009

    How nice to see a clear diagram...great for those of us who are visual creatures (as most creative people are, I would guess). I can't wait to plant the roses!

  • MsRoxanne 27 Mar, 2009

    This is one of your best directional postings ever....we could actually see what we were supposed to be doing! Thank you so much for working always to improve your site!

  • charlotte1150 27 Mar, 2009

    This design is very nice; can't wait to try it out. I will need to buy some new napkins!

  • edimas 4 Feb, 2009

    Great alternative to traditional folded-napkin designs. Clear instructions show just how easy it is to do.

  • maychin 15 May, 2008

    wonderful! Great! and so easy to make. Looks really elegent and unusual from the ones we always see. I'm goint to show off at the next function!