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11/26/2014 09:30 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Pinterest-Perfect, HuffPost-Tested Napkin Folding Ideas For Your Holiday Table

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays -- if not in real life, then certainly on Pinterest, where we've been stockpiling both inspiration and intentions of actually pulling off a fabulous holiday table once and for all.

Alas, Pinterest projects aren't always what they seem, landing more often than not between absurdly aspirational and destined for failure. But we've found an equalizer, of sorts: 5 napkin folding ideas far easier to make than they look. We know, because we tried them...

The Thanksgiving Turkey
Difficulty Level: Easiest

Fold the bottom half of your napkin up, leaving about an inch and a half of space at the top.
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Fold the bottom half of your napkin up, leaving about an inch and a half of space at the top.
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Take an inch of fabric from the left end and fold it over. Now fold it back again, accordion style. Continue to fold the napkin back and forth until you’ve reached the end.
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Fan out the edges of the napkin. Slide a napkin ring over one end to hold the shape together.
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Add a pine cone and a place card to complete your Thanksgiving Turkey napkin fold!
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Get The Look: Linen Glitter salad plate in Champagne, $8.95, pier1.com; Arbor Floret cocktail napkin, $28 for set of 4; anthropologie.com
(H/T: Smarty Had A Party)

The Bow
Difficulty Level: Easy-peasy

Lay the napkin out flat. Fold two opposite corners in to meet in the middle.
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Fold the napkin in half from the bottom up.
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Fold the napkin in half again from the top down.
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Fold the sides of the napkin inward - they should slightly overlap in the center.
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Slide a ribbon beneath the napkin and cinch it in the middle.
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Get The Look: Linen Glitter salad plate, $8.95 and dinner plate, $9.95, in Champagne, pier1.com; Logan Park napkin, $12, katespade.com
(H/T: Southern Living)

The Triple Pocket Fold
Difficulty Level: Easy

Fold your napkin into a square. Now fold the top right corner of your napkin down diagonally.
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Fold the next layer down diagonally and tuck it neatly behind the first. Now fold down a third layer diagonally and tuck it behind the second layer.
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Fold under about an inch of the right side of your napkin. (Use a hot iron to hold the fold in place.)
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Fold under the left side of your napkin.
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Slide flatware into each pocket.
triple final
Get The Look: Forest Walk dinner plate, $20, anthropologie.com; First Snow napkin in red, $12, anthropologie.com; Moon cutlery in hand polished stainless steel, by Cutipol, $75 for 5-piece placesetting, shophorne.com
(H/T: Smarty Had A Party)

The Men's Shirt
Difficulty Level: Somewhere in the middle.

Fold the corners of your napkin inward to create a square shape.
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Fold the right and left sides of your napkin over until they meet in the middle.
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Fold under the top two inches of your napkin.
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Fold the top right corner down to the center. You should begin to see your collar taking shape. Do the same with the top left corner.
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Pull the bottom right corner out to the side. Repeat with the bottom left corner. These corners will serve as your sleeves.shirt fold
Fold the bottom of the napkin up and tuck it beneath your collar.
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napkin final
Get The Look: Larabee Road Platinum dinner plate, $38, katespade.com; Kate Spade New York Harbour Drive dinner napkin, $8, katespade.com
(H/T: How Cast via Youtube)

The Double Roll
Difficulty Level: A little tricky

Fold your napkin into thirds.
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Find the napkin’s middle. Take upper right hand corner and fold it down to create a triangle.
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Do the same with the upper left hand corner. Your napkin should have a tent shape at this point.
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Flip the napkin over. Then roll up the end flaps on the right and lefthand sides.
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Flip the napkin over once more. Fold the bottom right hand corner up at a 45 degree angle. Do the same with the bottom left hand corner.
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Slide a place card in between the two rolls for a sleek table setting
napkin final
Get The Look: Threshold Porcelain dinner plate in Silver Snowflake, $5 each, target.com; Pine Cone Hill Resist napkin, $38, wayfair.com; Moon cutlery in hand polished stainless steel, by Cutipol, $75 for 5-piece placesetting, shophorne.com
(H/T: How Cast via Youtube)

Now that you've got your folding skills down pat, check out our guide to keeping your linens nice and clean.

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