Napkin Folding 102: “The Arrow”

IF YOU LIKE A WELL-DRESSED DINNER TABLE — I certainly do — then you might like to give your dinner napkins a whimsical shape. The arrow fold above is extremely easy to do. Have a look:

A reasonably-thick cotton or linen napkin will hold this fold without the stiffening amendment of starch.

The procedure:

First, fold the napkin in half, with the open end facing you.

Then grab the top right corner, and fold it down to create a triangle, as shown.

Do the same with the top left corner.

Fold the right triangle in half diagonally, so its outer edge lines up with the far right edge of the napkin.

Make the same fold with the left triangle.

Lift up the center of the napkin…

Et voila — you’ve got an arrow! Point it towards someone you love.

Incidentally,  you don’t have to wait for a big dinner party to give your table a romantic flourish. I do these napkin folds even when it’s just me and Will for dinner.

Wanna watch me turn other napkins into other shapes? Then by all means leave a comment below. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

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More fun:
Nifty Napkin Folding 101: The “Fleur de Lis”
Cleaning the “Master” Bedroom
How I Prepare Geraniums for Winter Bloom Indoors


  1. badger gardener says:

    I really like this one. I’m much more likely to do it too if I don’t have to deal with starching.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  3. More!

  4. Mary Lou says:

    Hey, I can do that! Now we need Napkin folding 103!!

  5. I like this , want more napkin folding.

  6. I just made the arrow with a paper napkin. Fancy on a weekday! Please continue.

  7. Suzanne K says:

    very cool, I like that Jude has already applied it to paper.

  8. Patrice says:

    What a great feature! Our napkins are individualized with each person’s name embroidered diagonally in the corner… Do you have a fancy way to fold that will show the names?

    (By the way…the winter sown tomatoes and flowers are growing beautifully! Thanks for all of your great ideas!)

  9. Very nice, would like to see more off these tips.

  10. LAVON EBLEN says:

    Napkins are dinner accessories. You make them special so keep the expert photography and instructions coming. Thank you.

  11. Just got off a cruise yesterday. While there, I went to a napkin folding class. Yours is far better! More please!

  12. Karen L. says:

    My husband would think this was some sort of airplane …. like a stealth flyer. That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw it but then he talks airplanes a lot so I guess it is ingrained in my brain now too. Either way, it does look nice on a plate.

  13. Carole Mathieu says:

    This one is quick and easy enough for everyday! Thanks, Kevin.

  14. Love this — please do more!

  15. Barbara Zakrzewski says:

    Yes, please show more. I love fancy folded napkins.

  16. Enid Albat says:

    Yes, more, as many as you will give us. I promise to read and try them. Do I have to beg every time?

  17. Hello Kevin,

    I must say I’m loving the website! I just wanted to make a small contribution in the napkin folding department with a small website project of my own;

    Let me know what you think


  18. good one, will apply it

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