Bird of Paradise Napkin Fold

Let the conversation soar with these napkin birds of paradise.

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  • 1

    Start with a square Chinet® Dinner napkin completely unfolded. Fold in half, forming a long rectangle.

  • 2

    Fold the napkin in half again, now forming a square.

  • 3

    Fold the napkin in half diagonally, creating a triangle.

  • 4

    Orient the triangle so the open tip is facing away from you.

  • 5

    Fold the right corner diagonally toward you—laying it down along the centerline of the triangle, making a new tip pointing toward you.

  • 6

    Do the same with the left corner, fold it diagonally toward you and press it down next to the previous fold.

  • 7

    Now you have a diamond.

  • 8

    Fold the two “wings” under so that you have your original triangle shape back.

  • 9

    Fold the napkin back in half, away from you.

  • 10

    To make the feathers, hold the base firmly to keep your folds together.

  • 11

    Pull up the four “flaps” created by the napkin’s corners.