How to Fold Napkins Into Animals

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Folding napkins into animal shapes will bring a smile to dinner guests of all ages and will make an adorable addition to a birthday party for your youngster and party guests. Folded animal napkins can resemble paper origami shapes whether you use cloth or paper napkins. Candies are a sweet final touch to your final creation for your dinner table.

Things You'll Need

  • Dinner napkins, paper or cloth
  • Washable Marker
  • M&Ms
  • Skittles
  • Licorice

Leap Frog

  • Lay the napkin flat and turned so it looks like a diamond. Bring the bottom corner up to the top corner away from you. Fold the side ends in to meet the top point. Carefully turn the napkin over. Bring the bottom corner up to the top corner.

  • Fold the sides in and cross them. Turn the napkin over, and open the ends, meeting at the top to the sides to form the legs.

  • Fold the top point down towards you, forming the mouth. Add round candies to the points sticking up on the sides to make eyes.

Perfect Pets

  • Lay the napkin flat and turned so it looks like a diamond. Bring the top corner down towards you to the bottom corner to form a triangle whose long edge is at the top.

  • Fold the triangle in half, from left to right, to form a smaller triangle. Turn the smaller triangle so the long edge is at the top. Fold both sides down to make "ears" leaving some space across the top. For a feline variation, fold the "ears" three quarters of the way up, and turn the napkin over.

  • Make a face for a dog or cat by either drawing one using a washable marker (test first) or use candy pieces. Small round candies like M&Ms or Skittles make eyes and noses. Cut strong licorice and shape it to make mouths and whiskers.

References

  • "Napkin Magic;" Rena Neff; 1997
  • "Napkin Folding for Every Occasion;" Doris Kuhn; 2004
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