How to Fold an Octopus Napkin | Sea-themed Table Setting


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How to Fold an Octopus Napkin | Sea-themed Table Setting


If you’re in a seafood restaurant business or preparing for an event that’s related to seafood then the octopus fold is something you’ll want to consider for your table setting. First off, this fold resembles an octopus although it doesn’t have tentacles. Second, it’s beautiful and intricate.

Making an octopus napkin fold can be hard! But with the clear pictures and step-by-step instructions you’ll be able to learn the fold with relative ease.

Octopus paper napkins (or cloth) are within your reach right now so read this guide with a napkin in your possession. And you’ll master this fold in no time.

Step 1

Fold the Napkin Thrice


Prepare a square napkin and find a suitable place to start folding. Lay it in front of you.


Then fold it crosswise like so. Fold the bottom edge towards the top.


And fold the left edge towards the right. It looks far from being an octopus right now but you'll be amazed soon.


Rotate the napkin so that it'll look like a diamond. Good job! Time for the next step.

Step 2

Work on the Backside


Fold the left and right corners towards the middle. You are now working on the backside of the octopus.


Then fold the inner parts towards the outer edges as shown in the image above.


Diagonally fold both the left and right sides towards the middle. Your napkin should look like this now. There's a flap on the middle. You'll need to fold it outwards.


Fold the right part of the octopus origami towards the outside of the napkin,


Then do the same for the left side so that you'll get a nice symmetrical shape. There's some work left but this side is good. It's now time to work on the other side.

Step 3

Fold the layers of the Octopus Napkin


Flip the napkin to start folding on the other side. This is what your octopus napkin origami should look like.


Fold the topmost layer downwards. You are kind of peeling layer by layer at this point.


Then do the same process for the next layer.


Finally fold the last layer downwards. And that's it! Congratulations on making this octopus fold. For more cool napkin folds, check out our suggested articles below.

Extra Tips

  • Iron and starch your napkin first for better workability and presentability.
  • See our other guides, perhaps you'll like something else better.
  • Enjoy folding the napkins. It can be rewarding and relaxing.
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  1. not exactly an octopus without the tentacles, is it??

    • yeah, but it remnds me of a squid. still, i’ll use this for my small seasid restaurant. thankss diy!

  2. Spot on, i like this fold a lot – coming from a family of fisherfolks this fold reminds me of my time as a kid.

  3. It’s easy to make!

    • I found it a bit hard but that’s just me i guess


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