How To Make a Pillar | Quick Standing Napkin Folding

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How To Make a Pillar | Quick Standing Napkin Folding


Welcome to the standing napkin folding guide called the pillar. You will learn how to fold this simple and fast to make a standing napkin fold. The pillar is a beautiful fold yet it is advisable for beginners. Why? Because it’s easy and quick to make.

The fold looks like what sounds like a pillar – but it’s not a circular pillar. It looks more like a narrow pyramid or thin hut. Now, you’ll only need one napkin to create this fold and it takes about only 30 seconds to create. Also, it being a thin standing napkin could elevate your table depending on the surroundings of the event.

Have fun learning the fold!

Step 1

Fold the Napkin Into a Triangle


Lay a square napkin in front of you on a table you are comfortable with.


Then fold the napkin in half by bringing the top edge towards the bottom.


And then make a triangle out of the napkin by folding the top corners to middle. Amazing job so far! Time to move to the next steps.

Step 2

Fold the Sides


You should fold the right corner towards the middle.


Do the same for the left corner. Your napkin should now look like the one from above.

Step 3

Make the Pillar Stand


Fold the bottom part towards the top. These will be the stands of the pillar.


Lastly, place the right stand on top of the left one. Both of them should form an x-pattern. And that's it! Congratulations on making the pillar napkin fold. For more awesome napkin guides, check out the articles below.

Extra Tips

  • Placing the pillar napkin in the middle of a plate is one of the best ways to showcase its beauty. But, if you plan on putting the food at the top left side of your main dish, it’s best to place the napkin at the top left. If you have lots of guests at your table and are using deep plates, then make sure you fold them, so they are easily accessible by guests.
  • It would be best if you had a thick piece of a cloth napkin to make this pillar fold. If you only have a thin piece of cloth, you can starch it to make it stiffer. First, wash the cloth napkin as you normally do. Spray it with ready-made starch spray or make your own by mixing starch and water. Evenly spray coat the napkin with starch and then iron the napkin on an ironing board.
  • To keep it in place, you could put any decorative paperweight. In this napkin folding instruction, we put a decorative rock covered with flowers to keep the napkin in place.
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  1. Easy and quick to make. I tried it with a paper napkin and it can still work but a stiff cloth napkin is definitely better


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