Easy Easter Decor: How To Make Bunny Folded Napkins

Bunnies on the buffet
Bunnies on the buffet

I am not really a “go all-out” decorating for Easter person. In the spring, I am always so busy yanking out weeds in the garden, that I don’t have much time to spend on holiday decorating.

Not to mention I have run out of places to store decorations that only get used once a year (all of those Halloween and Christmas decorations take up a lot of space!)

Having said that, I do usually have an Easter dinner and I like to have something on the table that makes it feel like Easter.  Which means that I’m usually hunting around for good Easter table setting ideas.

The bunny napkins
The bunny napkins

This year, I got lucky. I just happened to see the cutest bunny folded napkins at Pier 1…and I knew the instant I saw them, they were perfect! I didn’t have to buy any new decorations that take up space, and they looked like Easter without being too overwhelming.

The only thing left to do was to figure out how to fold them.  I hope the people at Pier 1 will forgive me for taking their display apart to see how they did it.  (It took a couple of tries to figure it out…so a few “dead” napkin bunnies were scattered on the table when I was done). But now I can share the steps for making bunny folded napkins with all of you!  Click Next to find out how to do it.

What You Need

There really aren’t many supplies required for this project…just some napkins and napkin rings!  These are the ones I used:

The Folds

Step 1 - lay the napkin out
Step 1 – lay the napkin out

1. Lay the napkin out flat.  Because this napkin will end up being pretty scrunched up, ironing isn’t all that important (but if you like to use ironed napkins, they’ll work, too!)

Fold the bottom of the napkin up
Fold the bottom of the napkin up

2. Fold the napkin in thirds, by first folding up the bottom third.

Fold the top of the napkin down
Fold the top of the napkin down

Then fold down the top third.

Flip the napkin over
Flip the napkin over

3. Flip the napkin over, making sure that the loose edges are at the top.

Fold up the bottom left corner
Fold up the bottom left corner

4. Fold up the bottom left corner so that the napkin is folded half way across the length.

Fold up the bottom right corner
Fold up the bottom right corner

5. Fold up the bottom right corner so that it meets in the middle.

Fold the top left corner down
Fold the top left corner down

6. Fold down the top left corner so the straight edge meets along the center line.

Fold the top right corner down
Fold the top right corner down

7. Fold the top right corner down to meet it.

Fold down the top left and right corners again
Fold down the top left and right corners again

8. Fold down both top corners again so that they meet at the center line.

Fold up the bottom of the napkin
Fold up the bottom of the napkin

9. Fold up the bottom corner of the napkin so that it creates a triangle.

Then fold the napkin in half lengthwise
Then fold the napkin in half lengthwise

10. Fold the napkin in half along the center line.

At this point, you will probably be thinking there is no way this is going to end up being a rabbit! It just looks like a scrunched up napkin. Don’t worry, it will turn out 🙂

Slip a napkin ring over the top end of the folded napkin
Slip a napkin ring over the top end of the folded napkin

11. Slide a round napkin ring over the top of the napkin.

Top of the triangle will be the ears, the bottom will be the feet
Slip a napkin ring over the top end of the folded napkin

12. Spread the bottom of the triangle apart to become the feet.  Then “fluff” the ears a bit by pulling them out a bit and spreading them apart.

Spread the "ears" and "feet" apart
Spread the “ears” and “feet” apart

Now you should be able to stand up your bunny!

The Finished Napkin Bunnies

The finished table
The finished table

The finished bunny folded napkins look great on the table. I used them for my Easter table setting (which you can see HERE).

Bunnies on the buffet
Bunnies on the buffet

They also look good as a decoration that isn’t on the table.

A line of bunnies
A line of bunnies

I added a line of them on the buffet behind the table, and they really brighten up the space!

Hopefully, I have prevented you from having to take apart your local Pier 1 display! And given you the incentive to create your own easy Easter decorations.

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