Bird Nest Napkin Folding ~ Easter Table Setting

Bird Nest Napkin Folding ~ Easter Table Setting

How does Easter always seem to sneak up on me? I just realized we have a little over a week left to prepare for the festivities. Since I’ll be hosting dinner this year I thought I would start to put together my table. I’ll share what I have come up with so far, as I still need to think about the centerpieces and other elements.

I purchased a couple sets of brown napkins from Target awhile back at an incredible price of $2 {and some change} for a pack of four. Granted they are not absolute perfect squares {as you will be able to see below in the folds} the price makes up for it! I wanted to incorporate the brown into this years table and thought they would make a nice ‘nest’ base using a modified version of the lotus flower fold.

This fold is pretty simple ~ Here is how it’s done: {Please keep in mind these napkins are not perfect squares so the folds are a tiny bit off}

1. With your napkin laying flat, fold all four corners into the center, creating a square.
2. Once again, fold the new corners into the center, creating another square.
3. Now flip the napkin over
4. Fold the corners so they meet in the center
5. Working with one corner at a time, place your finger in the center of the napkin to hold your folds and reach underneath the corner and fold over the flap to create a ‘petal’.

6. Working your way around, repeating step 5 to the remaining four corners.
7. In between each ‘petal’, reach underneath and fold forward the remaining corner piece.
You now have a perfect base to create your nest.
I arranged the napkin on top of my dishes and placed a clear small bowl in the center. This bowl will be for decoration only, as I have filled it with natural excelsior moss. The eggs are simply plastic eggs sprayed antique white and speckled with burnt umber acrylic paint.
Instead of creating personalized place cards I used numbers instead. I started with an amazing graphic from The Graphics Fairy found here. Using an editing program I added the number to the center of the graphic and printed out on brown Kraft paper. I have made a printable here containing place cards for twelve settings. I cut using scalloped scissors and punched two holes at the top for the ribbon.
Now I just need to nail down the centerpieces ~ Hopefully I’ll be able to get everything done to share for Tablescape Thursday next week! Enjoy!


  1. Thank you!! This is a great napkin folding tutorial and I am definitely going to give this a try for my Easter table. I love the place cards and SO appreciate the printable you made for us to use.
    You are one talented lady!!

  2. So pretty and thanks for the tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Adorable girlfriend! Love it as always :). I especially love your little tag.

  4. The napkins are fabulous. Love the cute little birdnests and the tags are adoreable. What a great idea. Looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  5. Just lovely…now what time are you expecting us? 😉

  6. What a great way to fold napkins. And what a great theme for an Easter meal, nests and eggs. Very cute. Hugs, Cindy S

  7. Wonderful idea! Will use the next time I get to host Easter.

  8. Absolutely adorable..thanks for sharing the folding technique…CUTE!!

  9. Im big on making things look elegant…this is right in line…

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  10. Oh, so gorgeous! Love it! I am sure your guests will too! Enjoy.

  11. Thanks for this tutorial! Looks fantastic!

  12. Loved the napkin fold, thanks it looks wonderful, you are so talented, thanks…Phyllis

  13. I bookmarked this so that I could pull it out when I need it. So beautiful. Joni

  14. The napkin fold is wonderful! Love your great ideas! Can’t wait to see your Table setting!

  15. Oh so elegant! Love it.

  16. Very pretty! I bought nests to use too!

  17. This looks great! I definitely want to give this napkin fold a try. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  18. Great table…michelle

  19. Thanks for the great tutorial on how to fold the napkin. Really cute with the nest! I will be trying that one soon.

    Talk to you soon 😉
    Bunny Jean

  20. Thanks for the napkin folding lesson. I love the look. Bird nests just say Spring. Very cute post.

  21. appreciate the napkin fold tutorial and love the unique colors you used. I also have difficulty dealing with pastels- though I do love seeing them on others tables.
    I find yours serene and lovely.
    your newest follower

  22. Thank you for showing us! What pretty little nests for your Easter table!

  23. What a great, clear tutorial! The brown napkins really set off the placesetting, adding both elegance and charm.

  24. I am going to have to save this… the napkin fold is so pretty..I have to try it.

  25. Thanks so much for sharing. I gotta go and get a napkin so I can do it once then I’ll remember.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  26. Love the napkin nest! If I had fabric napkins, I would do this for Easter dinner!!!

  27. So adorable…I will be doing this for sure! Thank you for the tutorial…

  28. I don’t think I’ll ever have the patience for something as complicated ast this, although your explanation was very good.
    Í love the napkins with the little nests, your table is going to look fab!

  29. Very, Very, Very classy! Love it!

  30. This looks great ~ from the napkins to the tags! I love the brown napkins with your white dishes, too!

  31. I love natural looking decor so this is right up my alley!! This is such a great garden style look and the napkin fold is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking this one up for “Brag Monday”.

  32. Wow, your napkin folding skills are wonderful! I love how you used these to create such a beautiful table setting!

    Kat 🙂

  33. Thanks for the tutorial! Very cute!

  34. I just bought some new napkins and am thrilled with this fold. So pretty and am using it on Easter. Thanks so much for the idea and a lovely blog.

  35. What a beautiful table this will be! Thank you for the tutorial!! I have it bookmarked-

    bee blessed

  36. Thank you! I will definitely be using this.

  37. Thank you so much for this. Be blessed. Cindy

  38. This looks so perfect and inviting, Petra.

  39. This is so gorgeous! I love it, I’m going to give it try. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  40. Wow! This is a fantastic tutorial. It looks so fancy too. Thank you for sharing this at Spring has Sprung at Fun to Craft.

  41. Featuring this at somedaycrafts,blogspot,com


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