If you saw the “I Love You, Valentine” Tablescape I published yesterday, you saw these rose napkins. Since I promised you the napkin fold tutorial soon, I decided to go ahead with it today.
I had intended to make a heart-shaped napkin, but the wide, thick edges on my Pottery Barn napkins wouldn’t work for the hearts. I resorted to laying my napkin flat and experimenting a bit.
It probably would look nicer in the pictures if I pressed the napkin first. They’d been folded in my buffet for quite a while. Why would I go to the trouble of ironing when they’ll be all rolled up anyway?
I realize this is more of a napkin roll, but it does require a little folding. Begin by folding your napkin in half.
Fold each half 2/3 of the way down, then a third back to meet the edge.
This is the second half being folded 2/3 of the way, so the final “third” is still stretched out.
Now you see it folded the final third. Both halves are now folded in thirds.
We’re ready to begin the roll. This part is very similar to the Yellow Rose Napkin Rings I made last year.
Fold the end down diagonally. Either end.
Roll the strip loosely.
Roll almost to the end of the strip.
Fold the end flap under the rose and tuck it in the center. It’s sort of bulky, so do the best you can. A corner tucked will hold it just fine.
Here’s the side view of the rose at this point.
Take the upper edges of the rose and fold the outer edge down. Fluff the other edges to make it sort of uneven. It looks more like rose petals that way.
I’m beginning to fold and fluff at this point. See how the edges are together? They need to be separated more.
Loosen it and play with it a little. I stuck my fingers between the layers to break them apart in spots. You can probably tell where my fingers went in there. That’s the petal look we want.
Valentine’s Day is a week from tomorrow. Can you believe it? 2014 is off to a trail-blazing start!
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