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How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins & More Festive Table Decor

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

I came across this idea the other day, and it was love at first sight! (Okay, slight exaggeration…) But I knew I wanted to have these cute Christmas tree napkins on my table for our Christmas Eve dinner, so I sat down to learn how to do it. It’s actually really simple to do, even though it may look a little intimidating!

Once I had mastered the Christmas tree fold, I started thinking about other Christmas table decor options. A little internet browsing yielded some really cute ideas, and I wanted to share them with you all! I certainly don’t go “all out” on a lavish Christmas dining set up, but I love adding a few decorations to a table to make it feel extra special! So today I’m sharing a tutorial for folding Christmas tree napkins, followed by a few more napkin ideas, and then some general table decor ideas from around the web. Happy decorating! :-)

How to Fold a Christmas Tree Napkin

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

All you need for this is… you guessed it, a cloth napkin. A green napkin works best, but any color will do!

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Start by folding your napkin in half twice, giving you a square shape. Turn it so the corner with the loose edges is facing towards you.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Take the corner of the top layer and fold it up towards the top. Place it about 1/2″ down from the top of the napkin. Repeat this motion on the remaining 3 layers, to create 5 “tiers.”

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Carefully flip the napkin face down, making sure that everything stays in place. (You can press the napkin with an iron first to make it easier!)

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Take the left corner in hand and fold it over to the right. Place it along the right side so that the top edge of that section creates a straight line across the napkin.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Repeat this step with the right corner to create your tree shape.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Flip the napkin away from you, so that the first side you worked on is showing and the point of the tree is at the top.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Starting with the layer closest to the top, fold each corner upwards. Each successive layer will be tucked under the one before it.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

The bottom layer is a folded corner, rather than a single layer, but you’ll fold it just the same as the other layers.

How To Make Christmas Tree Napkins

Once you finish that, you’re done! How cute is that?! Feel free to add a little star or bow to the top of your napkin tree, if you want. Your dinner guests are sure to be impressed!

Other Festive Napkin Folds

Click on the underlined title for full details and instructions.

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  • Love the cranberry wreath place cards and small centerpiece ideas! What simple yet beautiful ways to enrich a holiday table. Thank you for the great ideas, can’t wait to make! I’m going to use rosemary for the greenery since I have it in abundance and love the fragrance.

  • The Christmas tree napkins are so brilliantly simple! And super cute.
    My table usually has a “bow tie” style napkin using different “props” for the knot, but I’d totally be willing to try some of these. Love the idea of elf shoes & hats at the kids’ table.

  • I do the Christmas tree napkin every year and put a Ferrero Roche chocolate at the top as the star. Quick and easy with a little treat for everyone’s table setting :)

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