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Nifty Napkins DIY

Step-by-step: How to transform an ordinary napkin into a piece of art.

Small details can take a wedding from beautiful, to UNFORGETTABLE! A classy, folded napkin for each place setting may seem simple, but it's a sure way to WOW your guests. Naomi Lee, owner of Les Saisons, gave us step-by-step scoops on how she transforms an ordinary napkin into a piece of art.

The Perfect Pocket Fold

This pocket napkin fold is great for outdoor weddings. Securely tuck in a menu or place card and protect it from Hawaii's infamous trade winds.

What you'll need:

  1. Cloth napkin
  2. Clean, flat surface
  3. Accent accessories (if you want)
  4. Square plate

Step 1: Lay napkin flat (top facing up) and grab the bottom third of the napkin, on both sides.

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Step 2: Take the bottom third and fold it up so it overlaps an inch (or to your preference).

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Step 3: Fold the top third of the napkin underneath.

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Step 4: Center the folded napkin on a plate and wrap both ends underneath the plate.

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Step 5: Slide in your place card or menu, or accessorize with your accent decoration. Beautiful!

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The Tootsie Roll Fold

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Dress up the "Tootsie Roll Fold" with a fancy strap or classic ribbon. Better yet, use this fancy fold as a place card holder and adorn it with a beautiful bloom.

What you'll need:

  1. Cloth napkin
  2. Clean, flat surface
  3. Accent accessories (if you want)
  4. Ribbon or napkin ring 

Step 1: Lay napkin flat, top facing up, and fold napkin in half (left to right).

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Step 2: Fold napkin in half once more (left to right).

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Step 3: Flip napkin over, so open ends are on the left.

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Step 4: Roll both ends evenly towards the middle.

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Step 5: Tie ribbon around the napkin to hold it in place. Slip in a place card or thin favor!

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The Lovely Lotus Fold

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Feeling creative? Want something totally out-of-the-box? Check out the Lotus Fold, a unique fold that's sure to pop and dazzle! Perfect for an "all out" event, where no detail goes unnoticed. Dress it up by adding a hint of decor in the center of the lotus.

What you'll need:

  1. Cloth napkin
  2. Clean, flat surface
  3. Accent accessories (if you want) 

Step 1: Lay napkin flat, top facing down.

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Step 2: Fold all four corners to the center of the napkin.

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Step 3: Fold all four corners to the center of the napkin, again.

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Step 4: Slowly flip the folded napkin over.

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Step 5: Once more, fold all four corners into the center of the napkin.

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Step 6: Find the flap on the underside of the napkin and pull out the corner (repeat 3 more times).

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Step 7: Pull out all 4 corners and place your decoration or favor in the center of the lotus!

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The Tuxedo Fold

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The Tuxedo fold always adds a touch of glamour to any table setting. And don't forget the "bling" to tie the look together!

What you'll need:

  1. Cloth napkin
  2. Clean, flat surface
  3. Accent accessories (if you want)
  4. Ribbon with tuxedo bling 

Step 1: Lay napkin flat, top facing up, in a diamond shape.

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Step 2: Fold the napkin in half by folding the top corner down (create a triangle pointing at you).

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Step 3: Take the left and right points and fold them to the bottom point.

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Step 4: Fold about one inch of the bottom point underneath.

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Step 5: Fold left and right points underneath (the top should be wider, mimicking the upper chest of man's body).

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Step 6: Tie ribbon around bottom to secure.

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TIP FROM THE EXPERT ::Did ya know that napkins can be more than functional art? Naomi shared that an up and coming trend is doubling the napkin as a guest favor. Brides can custom design a napkin to reflect your wedding theme and get them printed or embroidered for an extra special touch. Custom napkins are available from Les Saisons starting at $5 each.

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