How to Fold a Turkey Napkin


Add an unexpected touch to your holiday table with folded napkins that are reminiscent of turkeys. Just a few simple steps will help you create this charming decoration.

Things You'll Need

  • Napkins
  • Iron, optional
  • Fold your napkin in half to make a rectangle. Be sure the corners meet up equally. Lay the napkin on a table with the short side of the rectangle facing you and the folded edge on your right side.

  • Take both corners of the short side closest to you and begin folding 1-inch accordion-style pleats, alternating between folding over and under the napkin. Continue until you have 2 to 3 inches of unfolded napkin remaining and your pleats are sitting on top of your napkin.

  • Hold your pleats with both hands and fold the left side of your napkin under to the right side.

  • Make a triangle with the un-pleated portion of the napkin by taking the top right corner and folding it to the bottom left corner of the un-pleated portion. Secure this fold by ironing it or tuck the bottom corner into the pleated section.

  • Lift the top corner of the pleated section and fan out the pleats of the napkin so they look like turkey feathers. Turn your napkin around so the folded triangle is facing you and the fanned pleats are behind the triangle. Your turkey napkin is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to lightly starch your napkin before you begin; it will make your napkin easier to fold.
  • Use an iron, if desired, to secure your pleats and folds.


  • Photo Credit Sarah Vantassel/Demand Media
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