How To: Fold Bunny Napkins

CATEGORIES: Easter, General Crafts, Sara

Striped Bunny NapkinsI grew up in the Seattle area, and one of the things I loved most about it (besides the damp rain, beautiful coast line, gorgeous mountains, and never-ending greenery) was the expansive mix of cultures you find there.  The Asian influence is perhaps one of the strongest.  My dear first grade teacher, Mrs. Okita, first introduced me to things like China town, hom bows, chopsticks, and something that became one of my favorite hobbies: origami.  That’s right, little known fact about Sara: she still folds one heck of a paper crane.  A few years later I was already developing a love for all things culinary and my Mom knew a great way to make use of both of those interests when she taught me how to make some fun folded napkins, like these bunnies.  I loved holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas because those were the times we got out the fancy dishes and actually used cloth napkins and I could practice my napkin-gami.  (I’m going to trademark that term, don’t be stealin’.)  I’ve seen the bunny napkins hopping around on Pinterest lately and it’s such a blast from the past, I thought it would be fun to share here.  My kids thought they were awesome.  And I just want to note- if you’re reading this saying, “Pshht…c’mon Sara, who uses cloth napkins??  Especially with children!  I’m so not doing this.”  Then 1.  Cloth napkins are kind of fun for special meals, just invest in a set you can toss in the wash and don’t serve them with spaghetti 😉 and/or 2.  You can totally do this with paper napkins!  Just try to find some sturdy ones and use a gentle hand so you don’t tear them.  You should all know by now that I’m a fan of the paper napkin.  (Check out these cutie-patooties.)  So, onto adorable little bunnies.

How to Fold darling bunny napkins from Our Best Bites

Start by folding a large square napkin in half, and then half again, to make a long rectangle.

1 Napkin

If you have a cute edge on your napkin, like this one does, place it like I have in the photo in order to have the edge be the edge of the bunny’s ears.

2 Napkin copy

Fold both ends of the rectangle down along the center line, as shown.

3 Napkin

Then take the bottom corers and fold them up to the center

4 Napkin

to form a square.

5 Napkin

Fold the corners one more time, as shown below:

6 Napkin

to form a kite shape.

7 Napkin

Then flip the entire thing over.  Once you’ve done this a few times, you won’t need to flip the whole napkin over for this next step, you can just reach behind and do this part, but for now it’s easiest to show this way.  Just take the top of the “kite” and fold it over like this:

8 Napkin

And then flip back to the other side once again.  Almost done!

9 Napkin
Lastly, you want to take those outer corners and fold one over the other.  When you do, you’ll notice that one corner can fit right into the the fold on the other corner, like this:

10 Napkin

If you have a particularly slippery or thin fabric that’s not staying wrapped up like this, you can tie a piece of ribbon or twine around that folded edge.  Some people like to do decorative ribbons with little poofs for cotton tails.  I just fold them and leave them as is.  When you flip the napkin over it will look like the photo below left:

11 Napkin

If you’re prepping ahead of time for a meal, just leave all of your napkins like that and store them until you’re ready to set the table.  When that time comes, just use your hands to separate the bottom part for the little face and poof out the ears however you like.

Orange Bunny Napkins

You can open them up like the orange napkin above, or sort of fold them over like the brown one below.  It kind of depends on the material.

How cute is that?  And super easy, too.

Easy Bunny Fold Napkins for Easter

It’s fun to try different fabrics and patterns and see how they all look a little different!

Striped Folded Bunny Napkins

And honestly, after you do a couple, it’s actually super quick and easy.  Go try it!

37 comments

  1. We have the sister missionaries coming over for Easter Dinner. This will be the perfect touch to add to our dinner table. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to see more napkin-gami too, please! 🙂

  2. My girls will love making these for our table on Sunday. I”m hoping that my ikea paper napkins are sturdy enough because all of our cloth napkins are already packed to move. If the paper napkins don’t work, we’ll file the idea away for next year.

  3. I’m putting in a vote for more napkin-gami too, please! I’m going to make these for dinner on Sunday to TOTALLY impress my niece and nephews. Yay!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!! I’ve tried all week to master this with a tut. from another site and was totally frustrated. You absolutely rock in the tut. dept., the pics totally made the difference. They made it easy to see and do and I got it:)) I’ve got some beatiful linen napkins from my grandma and I’m making one for each of my sisters. It’ll be a great reminder of her, Thanks again:)
    PS I’d be happy to see more napkin-gami!

    1. Oh I’m so glad! I’ll totally post more napkin-gami, haha- I love it! What a cute idea too, to make with your Grandmother’s napkins, I love that.

    1. Thanks, Anne! All of the napkins in this post are from Pier One. Those striped ones are new in stores and I fell in love with them; they’re so fun and summery!

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