How to Fold a Napkin Butterfly | Complete Guide


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How to Fold a Napkin Butterfly | Complete Guide


Welcome to our butterfly napkin folding step by step guide! This fold is a bit tricky to get right but the process is simple enough. 

This fold could be used when you are having your lady friends over for a meal. It’s recommend to use this fold in the spring or summer. Elegant and charismatic, we hope you’ll learn this fold and enjoy making it for your table setting preparation!

For folding the butterfly napkin, you can use any fabric but it’s best to iron the napkin first. And you must work with a square napkin.

Paper napkins are also a viable option for making the Butterfly fold. In fact, there are many wonderful paper napkin designs that could really compliment the fold and your table setting.

For both cases, you must be precise when doing the folds as the butterfly is symmetrical over the vertical line.

Step 1

Form a Triangle


Lay the napkin in front of you with one corner pointing towards you. This is the first step of the table napkin butterfly.


Bring the top corner towards the bottom corner. It's important that you use a square napkin for this fold.

Step 2

Form the Body of the Butterfly


Bring the right corner to the bottom. But keep in mind that you don't want to fold it towards the middle exactly. Leave a gap in the middle.


Repeat the previous step with the left side.


Then, bring the bottom part towards the top. Good job! Our next and last step is to make the wings.

Step 3

Make the Wings of the Butterfly Napkin Fold


Fold the bottom edge towards the the top, and tuck it in. Leave some space for the head of the butterfly.


Now curl, and unfold the left and right part to reveal the wings.


After making the bottom wings, unfold the top part to make the upper parts of the wings. And congratulations! You have now made a butterfly napkin.

Don't forget to check out some of our other napkin folding tutorial - we have dozens of them!

Extra Tips

  • Using a napkin with a scalloped edge is something worth trying.
  • Give yourself some time when doing the folds, and don't be discouraged when you can't get it perfectly even. Leave a comment below if you had a problem with a particular step, and we'll be there to answer your question.
  • In our example we used blue. White would also be a great choice for this fold.
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  1. I made mine with a paper napkin but I think a really good cloth would outshine a paper one. also, cloth seems more premium looking but it depends again on qualtiy

    • Cloth or paper doesn’t matter as long as both have decent quality. Looks matter but functionality matters as well when it comes to napkins

  2. What type of add-ons to the butterfly, or whatever you call it, would look best for a semi-formal birthday celebration?

  3. Thanks!

  4. Hmm, i think the more complex guides are better but this one is good. It’s simple, and the instructions were effective


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