Valentine’s Day How To: Easy Heart Napkin Folding Tutorial

Create a pretty and romantic Valentine’s Day table setting using this simple step-by-step heart napkin folding tutorial with pictures.

How To Fold a Heart-Shaped Napkin

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate Valentine’s Day into your table setting, this heart napkin folding tutorial is perfect!  It’s easy and won’t cost you anything.

The only thing you need to make a folded napkin heart (besides your napkins) is an iron.

Fold the napkin in half
Fold the napkin in half

Step 1: Fold the napkin in half with the loose ends at the bottom. Press it with the iron.

Fold the napkin in half again
Fold the napkin in half again

Step 2: Fold the napkin in half again with the loose ends at the bottom. Make sure that the top layer completely covers the loose ends underneath. If your napkins aren’t even around the edges, you may need to fold it down a little more than half way.  Press it with the iron.

Turn the napkin over
Turn the napkin over

Step 3: Turn the napkin over.  The loose ends should be at the bottom and you should see all of the uneven edges.

Fold up one end
Fold up one end

Step 4: Fold the napkin up at one end so that the point is about half way across the length of the napkin.  Don’t press the fold yet…we’ll do that after the next step.

Fold the other end up
Fold the other end up

Step 5: Fold the other end up to meet in the middle.  This will eventually be the front of the heart so you want to make sure that the edges meet in the middle and that the corners are about even. Press it with the iron.

Turn the napkin over
Turn the napkin over

Step 6: Turn the napkin over with the point facing down.

Fold over the top right corner
Fold over the top right corner

Step 7: Fold over the top right corner of one of the tail ends. Press it with the iron.

Fold over the top of the right half
Fold over the top of the right half

Step 8: Fold over the top of the tail ends.  Make sure that the fold is low enough so that all layers of the napkin are folded.  Press it with the iron.

Fold over the top left corner of the right half
Fold over the top left corner of the right half

Step 9: Fold over the top left corner of the tail end.  Press it with the iron.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t lay completely flat. As long as it will stay folded on its own, it will work.

Fold over the top right corner of the second half
Fold over the top right corner of the second half

Step 10: Fold over the top right corner of the other tail end. Make sure that the corners meet in the middle. Press it with the iron.

Fold over the top of the left half
Fold over the top of the left half

Step 11: Fold over the top of the other tail end.  Again make sure that all layers of the napkin are folded over.  Press it with the iron.

Fold over the top left corner of the other tail end
Fold over the top left corner of the other tail end

Step 12: Fold over the top left corner of the other tail end.  Make sure that the outside corners are about the same height. Press it with the iron.

Flip the napkin over and you have a heart
Flip the napkin over and you have a heart

Flip the napkin over and you have a heart!

Valentine's Day heart-shaped folded napkin with white rose
Valentine’s Day heart-shaped folded napkin with white rose

The heart shape looks really pretty on the table.

Adding a rose to it is an extra romantic touch. Since I like to set the table in advance, I usually use these faux roses* instead of real ones. Then you don’t have to worry about keeping them watered!

Valentine's Day heart-shaped folded napkin on gold-rimmed plate
Valentine’s Day heart-shaped folded napkin on gold-rimmed plate

For this table setting, I cut out an extra heart from some pink sparkle ribbon*. It reinforces the whole Valentine’s Day heart theme.

Looking for more inspiration? Click HERE to read about more romantic Valentine’s Day table decorating ideas.

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Valentine's Day How to: Easy Heart Napkin Folding Tutorial

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