Today, I’m illustrating how to make a bee shape napkin fold in six quick and easy steps.

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In anticipation of World Bee Day, I recently hosted the Bee-utiful Table Setting blog hop.

Included in the eight casual to elegant tablescapes was my, French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table & Napkin Fold. As explained in earlier posts, the ancient fleur-de-lis symbol is believed to represent a bee.

I first incorporated the bee shape napkin fold into the Back to School Table. Why? Bee-cause students are “busy as a bee” lol!

Although the lovely napkin fold can bee used to impress guests and enhance tables year-round, it’s particularly suited for spring or summer entertaining.

Let me show you how easy it is to do. Grab any square napkin and ring to follow along.

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6-Step Bee Shape Napkin Fold

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You should already have everything you need on hand to create a bee shape napkin — fabric napkins and rings or pieces of ribbon. That’s it!

However, choose a fabric napkin that is mostly square. And remember that the larger the piece of fabric, the bigger the final bee shape napkin fold will be.

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  1. Lay out napkin flat & fold in half
  2. Take the corners & fold down to the center
  3. Bring the lower corners to the top center, forming a diamond
  4. Fold the top points out to form wings
  5. Slip napkin into ring or tie with ribbon
  6. Adjust folds, round edges if desired

For the tutorial, I used a large 20 by 20 inch napkin. Later in the post I’ll show you the bee shape napkin fold using smaller 18 and 16 inch sizes.

Step 1: Spread Out Napkin, Fold in Half

Begin by laying the napkin out on a flat surface. Note that it might be necessary to first iron the fabric to remove creases or wriggles.

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Next, simple fold the napkin in half. If the fabric is only printed on one side, the printed side of the napkin should be facing towards you.

Step 2: Fold Corners to the Center to Form Triangle

Now take the right-hand top corner and fold it down into the middle bottom of the napkin.

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Repeat on the left side. 

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The folded napkin should now be in the shape of an isosceles triangle. Easy right?

Step 3: Fold Napkin into Diamond Shape

Next, take the bottom right-hand corner and fold it up to the top center point of the triangle.

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Repeat on the left side. After folding both corners up into the middle, your napkin should be in the shape of a diamond.

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Don’t fret if there’s some open space in the center. Pretty straight-forward? Now, you’re half-way to creating a bee shape napkin fold.

Step 4: Fold Points to Form Wings

Fold the top two points of the fabric out to form the wings of the bee.

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Only take the top layer of fabric, and fold about halfway down between the top and side points of the diamond.

Step 5: Slip on Ring or Tie with Ribbon

Now, slip the bottom point of the fabric into a napkin ring — up to where the wings open outward. That will form the lower body of the bee.

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Or, tie a bow with ribbon to hold the bee shape napkin fold in place.

Step 6: Adjust Folds, Round Points

Finally, adjust and shape folds. I usually spread the top center fold slightly apart.

If you’d like more rounded wings, simply bend the fabric slightly under as shown above.

Try Different Sizes & Fabrics

Here’s what the finished bee shape napkin looked like on the busy-as-a-bee, Back to School Table. It was also made with a large 20 by 20-inch napkin, but in a black and white buffalo print.

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Instead of a napkin ring, I tied cute gift cards around the tail of the fabric. The cards did double-duty as place cards.

And, here it is on the French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table, using a smaller 16-inch square napkin. 

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Now, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the bee shape napkin fold using 20 versus 16-inch napkins, along with a fleur-de-lis symbol. 

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Finally, here’s the bee shape napkin fold using a soft, silky fabric, with the print only on one side.

Did you give the bee shape napkin fold a try? Like most things, it may take practicing a few times to get the hang of it. Check out 16 other Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions for ideas to creatively style table settings.

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