The perfect addition to any spring or summer table! Here’s how to do the rose napkin fold!
I’ve always loved a good napkin fold and a good cloth napkin, but lately I’ve been extra inspired to update my cloth napkin selection and try a few new folds. It most definitely has something to do with my desire for any and every type of gathering or organized event after a year of the pandemic. We definitely aren’t ready to have any big get-togethers any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t plan and dream and make our own little table extra special for right now. 🙂 Here’s one napkin fold that I learned recently that I absolutely love because of how easy it is to do and how fun it looks on a table. This rose napkin fold would be perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day, or any spring or summer birthday that you want to look extra special. Here’s how to do it!
The napkins that I’m using for this fold today came from Kochi Stores Toronto, who I just recently discovered. The tablecloth is from there too! I’m so excited about all of the block prints that they’re carrying right now.
How to do the Rose Napkin Fold
It’s always a good idea to start out with an ironed and starched napkin when you can, but if I’m being honest, it’s not really necessary for this fold. It’s very forgiving.
You can use any color of napkin that you like, of course, but this one looks really striking with a pink napkin, or with a patterned napkin with some pink in the pattern, like I’m using.
Start out by turning the napkin over, so the “wrong” side is up, if your napkin has a right or wrong side.
Fold the top and bottom corners together so they meet in the middle-ish. Napkins are never perfectly square, but it usually doesn’t matter. 🙂
Fold the bottom and the top sections again so they come together in the middle, as pictured.
Fold it again in the same way, one more time.
Fold the whole thing in half along the line where your previous folds were meeting, creating one long shape.
Start at one end and roll up the napkin, creating a rosette. Stop when you’re left with a little four-inch tail.
Twist the tail on itself and tuck it under the rosette and in between the folds of the napkin on the side that you want to be the bottom of your rose.
Ta-da! You’ve created a rose!
To make it look even more rose-like, add a couple of real or paper leaves, tucked under the rose wherever you’ll be displaying it on your place setting.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.