Also called the water lily or the artichoke, this is one of the best-known napkin folds and will be familiar to anyone who ever made a paper fortune teller as a child. Use it to present dinner napkins or to surround a roll, a party favor, or a flower.

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Credit: Victor Schrager

Pale-pink napkins are often used for special occasions instead of the traditional white or cream.

Tools and Materials

  • Linen napkins

Lotus Napkin Fold How-To

1. Fold a dinner napkin in half diagonally both ways, pressing to crease; press all folds as you go. Open the napkin, and then fold all four corners to the center, creating a square.

2. Flip the napkin over, and fold the corners to meet at the center.

3. With a finger pressing down on the center of napkin, reach underneath and pull up the flap at each corner to create the lotus petals.

Comments (2)

Martha Stewart Member
January 5, 2019
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Martha Stewart Member
April 21, 2013
very easy n pretty