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Fabulous Step-by-Step Holiday Napkins

Add a special touch to your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with dressy cloth napkins. Follow these step-by-step instructions to fold your linens in festive ways.

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    • Elegant Fan Napkin

      A fanned napkin adds height and dimension to holiday place settings. See the next four slides to learn how to make it.

    • Step 1: Elegant Fan Napkin

      Fold the napkin in half vertically from right to left. Press. Fold the napkin up 1 1/2 inches from the bottom edge.

    • Step 2: Elegant Fan Napkin

      Fold the creased bottom edge to the back. Press. Continue folding the napkin accordion-style to make pleats to within 4-5 inches of the top edge.

    • Step 3: Elegant Fan Napkin

      Hold down the right side and then fold the napkin in half.

    • Step 4: Elegant Fan Napkin

      Take the top upper right corners and diagonally fold them. Tuck them deep into the pleats to create a triangle that will act as a stand for the fanned napkin. Set up the napkin on the triangle base and allow the pleats to fall open to form the fan.

    • Ready for the Table

      Coordinate the color of the cloth napkins with your dinnerware for instant elegance.

    • Bishop's Hat Napkin

      Wow your guests with folded napkins fit for royalty. The next four slides show you how to create it.

    • Step 1: Bishop's Hat Napkin

      Fold the napkin in half diagonally, then fold in the two corners so their top edges align with the sides of the first triangle.

    • Step 2: Bishop's Hat Napkin

      Fold up the bottom of the napkin.

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      Step 3: Bishop's Hat Napkin

      Fold down the front edge as shown.

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      Step 4: Bishop's Hat Napkin

      Flip over the napkin. Bend to the back and interlock the left and right corners to form a tube. Stand up the napkin and gently pull down the side points.

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      Ready for the Table

      The Bishop's Hat napkin helps set the scene for a festive holiday dinner.

      Editor's Note: Napkins with decorative edges will form an accent crown on the points of the Bishop's Hat.

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      Water Lily Napkin

      The Water Lily folded napkin creates an original table setting. The next four slides show you how to create it.

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      Step 1: Water Lily Napkin

      Fold the four corners to the center. Press.

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      Step 2: Water Lily Napkin

      Fold the four new corners to the center. Press.

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      Step 3: Water Lily Napkin

      Hold together the folds, and flip over the napkin. Fold the four corners into the center.

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      Step 4: Water Lily Napkin

      Firmly hold down the center, and gently pull the folds from below each corner out and up to form petals.

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      Ready for the Table

      The Water Lily napkin helps create a stunning place setting.

      Editor's Note: Place a holiday bauble marked with each guest's name in the center of each Water Lily.

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      Towering Diamond Napkin

      Display a Towering Diamond folded napkin in a piece of stemware at each place setting. The next five slides show you how to create it.

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      Step 1: Towering Diamond

      Fold the napkin in half from left to right and then bottom to top.

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      Step 2: Towering Diamond

      Diagonally fold the upper right corner of the top layer down to the bottom corner.

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      Step 3: Towering Diamond

      Diagonally fold down the next layer, leaving a gap between the corners. Pull down the next two layers with shorter diagonal folds so the corners are evenly spaced.

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      Step 4: Towering Diamond

      Flip over the napkin. Fold in the left corner so it reaches two-thirds of the way across the triangle.

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      Step 5: Towering Diamond

      Crease the right corner in so it nearly touches the left folded edge. Roll in the left and right edges. Turn the napkin over and place in a piece of stemware or secure it with a napkin ring.

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      Ready for the Table

      A pounded-metal napkin ring with a flat edge also makes a stylish and sturdy base.

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      Step 2: Towering Diamond

      Diagonally fold the upper right corner of the top layer down to the bottom corner.

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      Step 3: Towering Diamond

      Diagonally fold down the next layer, leaving a gap between the corners. Pull down the next two layers with shorter diagonal folds so the corners are evenly spaced.

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      Step 4: Towering Diamond

      Flip over the napkin. Fold in the left corner so it reaches two-thirds of the way across the triangle.

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      Step 5: Towering Diamond

      Crease the right corner in so it nearly touches the left folded edge. Roll in the left and right edges. Turn the napkin over and place in a piece of stemware or secure it with a napkin ring.

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      Ready for the Table

      A pounded-metal napkin ring with a flat edge also makes a stylish and sturdy base.

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