Create A Candle Napkin Fold

This cute napkin fold is made to look like a lit candle. Use this design for a special birthday dinner.

This candle napkin fold, like any other folded napkin design, can add an especially elegant touch to your formal table setting. Use this candle shaped napkin for a birthday dinner or any other celebratory occasion.

Most decorative napkin folds are easy to accomplish and the cost is minimal - you probably have everything you need on hand already. All it takes to start folding is a square cloth napkin, an iron, ironing board, a ruler, and a few straight pins. Allow the ironing board to serve as your folding surface. This way, you can press the napkin on a heat-resistant surface. Remember to always check the fiber content of your napkin in order to determine your iron's most appropriate setting.

You may want to practice your napkin folding technique at least a few days in advance of your event. If you make a mistake, simply press it out with your iron and begin again.

1. Position a pressed, square cloth napkin on your work surface so that its points 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 bottom point of the napkin up to meet the top point. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool.

3. Bring the top point of the resulting triangle (both layers) down to meet the bottom edge.



4. Use a ruler and straight pins to divide the folded napkin horizontally into three equal parts. Two or three straight pins per horizontal line will be adequate.

5. Bring the top edge of the napkin down to meet the horizontal line that is closest to the bottom edge. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. Remove all straight pins from the napkin.

6. Bring the newly formed 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.

7. Use a ruler and straight pins to divide the folded napkin strip vertically into four equal parts. Only place pins along the vertical line that is closest to the left edge.

8. Bring the left point of the napkin over and up to extend past the top edge. The resulting pointed flap should be perpendicular to the remainder of the napkin and its right edge should lie along the vertical line marked in Step 7. Press with an iron to set the crease and allow the fabric to cool. This forms the candle's flame.

9. Grasp the flap created in step 8 at its base and begin rolling it to the right. Make sure that the bottom edges stay even as you work and that the flame stays perpendicular to the remainder of the napkin. This forms the base of the candle.

10. After rolling up the entire base, tuck the remaining point into the bottom of the candle to complete the napkin fold.

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