Pinterest's 4 Most Popular Napkin Folds for Thanksgiving

Updated 10/30/18
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When envisioning the ways in which a Thanksgiving feast will unfold, it's not unusual to picture the likely praises as much as the possible problems. The turkey may come out perfectly golden or irreversibly burnt, just as the sides may be scooped up with smiles or uncomfortably left to waste on the buffet line. On top of the risks involved with the feast, there are plenty of other obstacles to contend with on the guest list. An aunt may not be talking to an uncle, a brother may have some stressful news, and a child may decide that the evening's soundtrack will be the shrillness of his screams—or, who knows, everyone may just be fine.

If there's one thing you can be sure of on Thanksgiving, however, it's how the tablescape will look. You can line pumpkins around a garland, scatter fake fall leaves around candles, or arrange bouquets in a classic line. Whatever you decide, there's no way that the objects on the table will be a big surprise. To help with your décor, we asked the creative forces at Pinterest to help figure out the best napkin folds for Thanksgiving, according to the most popular pins on the site.

By using one of these four styles and pairing it with a larger Thanksgiving theme, we're sure that the setting of your holiday is bound to live up to your expectations. As for all of the other unknowns, well, at least you can count on dessert.

Single-Pocket Fold

Difficulty Level: Easy 

As far as folding napkins go, this option from Evermine is the most straightforward, which is likely why it's one of Pinterest's most popular options. If you're hosting a larger party, this pick would be the most time-efficient one to do, and it'll also provide a stylish finish.

The process involves simply folding the napkin on itself in a series of rectangles until a square is formed on its lower half. That square is highlighted with a bow and then finished with another detail, like a piece of rosemary. 

Turkey Napkin

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

If you're sticking to a traditional turkey theme for your tablescape, then this creative napkin choice from World Market fits right in. You'll need two linen napkins per guest to make this project, which is why it's best for a smaller Thanksgiving feast. 

Fold one napkin into long triangles, almost as if you were making a paper airplane. Use the tip of the napkin to form the turkey's "face." Then, grab a second napkin and fold it into an accordion. Once the creases are fanned out, it'll look like wings. Place the wings behind the first napkin's "body" for the finished effect.

Leaf Napkin

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Two things will come in handy if you're looking to make these autumnal folds from The House That Lars Built: paper napkins in assorted fall colors and patience. It's a simple process, but it will take some time to do. We suggest timing the first napkin and then scheduling out the necessary minutes it will take to do the rest of your guest list. 

Start by folding your napkin into a triangle with the largest point facing up. Then, from the bottom, fold thin accordions on either side of the napkin, flipping the paper after each side. Make sure the folds are tight, and once you get to the top of the napkin, pinch the bottom "stem" and arrange the folds into the veins of a leaf. 

Knotted Napkin

Difficulty Level: Easy 

If you can't be bothered with intricate napkin folds, or you ran out of time to do something in-depth, then this idea from Martha Stewart will still make your table look chic. Once again, this is a great option for larger parties, since it will take little time to finish. 

To start, lay out a linen napkin lengthwise, and then loosely tie it in a knot—that's it. Make sure that the knot is centered, and embrace any wrinkles that may appear. If they don't bother Martha, they shouldn't bother you. 

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