Create A Bird Of Paradise Napkin Fold

The feathers of this bird of paradise napkin fold fan upward to create a beautiful effect. Use this napkin fold for any formal table setting.

Decorative napkin folds add a bit of style to any table setting. This bird of paradise napkin creates an elegant effect for little or no expense of either money or effort and can be used in conjunction with any holiday or formal occasion.

This decorative napkin fold (and most others) may appear to be a complex creation but is really very easy to accomplish. You don't need any special experience and will most likely be able to complete the folds in just a couple of minutes.

In order to fold this bird of paradise design you will need a square cloth napkin, an iron and ironing board, a ruler, and a few straight pins. Before you press, determine the fiber content of your napkin so that you can use your iron's most appropriate setting. Use the ironing board as a convenient and heat-resistant folding surface.

1. Position a pressed, square cloth napkin on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If applicable, make sure that the textured or printed side of the napkin is facing down.

2. Bring the top edge of the napkin down to meet the bottom edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

3. Bring the left edge of the resulting triangle over to meet the napkin's right edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

4. Bring the lower right point of the resulting square up to meet the napkin's upper left point. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

5. Re-position the resulting triangle so that its bottom folded edge is facing toward you.

6. Use a ruler and straight pins to mark the vertical center of the triangle. Do not place pins all along the length of the napkin - concentrate on the bottom portion. One or two pins should do.

7. Bring the upper left edge of the triangle (all layers) over to lie along the vertical center line created in Step 6. As a result, the left point of the triangle will extend past the bottom edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. Remove the pins.

8. Bring the upper right edge of the triangle over to meet the edge folded over in Step 7. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

9. Locate the portions of the napkin that extend past the bottom edge and fold those under to the back. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

10. Grasp the napkin at the lower left and right corners and bring each along your work surface to meet at the back. This should result in the napkin being folded in half, lengthwise. The napkin should stand on its own.

11. Hold the layers of the napkin together at the folded bottom edge.

12. Locate the four pointed flaps at the top of the napkin and raise each one, in turn, to complete the feathers of the bird of paradise.

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