How to Fold Your Holiday Napkin Like a Fir Tree

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 18, 2016

Print This Post Print This Post Folding your dinner napkins like a fir tree is easy with these step-by-step instructions. It's only nine simple steps to a more festive holiday table!

I’m not Martha, but I know that folding your holiday napkin with a bit of flair can be not only fun for the family, but can add just the right touch to make your table sing.

For napkin ideas, I turn for inspiration to “Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds,” written by my friend Denise Vivaldo, a master food stylist. She and her colleague Cindie Flannigan devised 100 different variations, suitable for all occasions. I like the book because it shows a photo for each step of the folding process, so even non-gifted napkin folders like me can get it right the first time.

For today, I chose the Fir Tree, because it will go with whatever gathering you are having, whether Christmas or just a festive family dinner.

Here’s an explanation from the book:

“Create this easy, fun fold for Christmas, Earth Day or any other party theme that might call for a tree-shaped napkin. To help it stand upright, look for medium- to heavyweight fabrics, and starch and press them before folding. For tree-like results, I chose a solid green napkin, but any solid or pattern will work. For a holiday table, add a Christmas ornament as a favor on each tree, or place a star on top.”



Isn’t that fun? Try it!

Better, yet, show this to your kids and ask them to do it for the table.

If you like this and want to save it, Pin the image below to your Pinterest board.

fir-tree-napkin-fold-step-by-step-instructions-on-shockinglydelicious-comCourtesy of Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo © 2014 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold. top-100-step-by-step-napkin-folds-by-denise-vivaldo-on-shockinglydelicious-com

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

These are fantastic!!!


Amanda December 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

That’s so clever and cute!!


Laura December 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

These are super cute napkin trees. I confess I do not own fabric napkins. I wonder if it would work with fancy paper ones?


Dorothy Reinhold December 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Try it Laura and tell me!


Annie @ Annie's Noms December 22, 2016 at 7:18 am

This is so clever! I may try and do this this year as normally I just put a plain napkin on the table as I can’t fold to save my life!


fabiola@notjustbaked December 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

Such a cute idea and great pictures on how to!


Lauren December 21, 2016 at 7:51 am

These are cute, fun idea!


Jessica | The Novice Chef December 21, 2016 at 6:05 am

These will be perfect for our Christmas table!


Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny December 21, 2016 at 6:03 am

This really is SO easy! Thank you for the tips!


Katerina @ diethood .com December 21, 2016 at 3:16 am

This such a terrific idea and so easy to make! I need to practice for the holidays!!


Angie | Big Bear's Wife December 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

That is so cute! These would be perfect for our table on Sunday!


Joanie @ ZagLeft December 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Dorothy, this is such a great idea and so easy to make too. I love the step-by-step instructions. I think even I can do this.


Krista December 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Great way to set up your Family Dinner table!


carrie @ frugal foodie mama December 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

This is such a clever idea for Christmas dinner! I never fancy fold our napkins. Maybe I will this year… 😉


The Food Hunter December 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

My mother is going to love this


Dee December 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I need to toss the paper napkins and try your idea instead!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

What a great tutorial!


Jenn @ peas and crayons December 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm

So cute for a holiday tablescape!


Becca Heflin December 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

What a fun, festive idea to dress up the table. Great tutorial!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef December 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

These are so festive and elegant!! I’m lucky if I can even remember the napkins at our table, but I’ll have to give these a shot 🙂


Lora @savoringitaly December 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

How fun is this for the holidays! Nice and easy to follow instructions!


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