While the cornucopia dates back to Greek Mythology, its graceful shape and overflowing harvest is now most commonly associated with Thanksgiving. A cornucopia looks especially festive on the Thanksgiving table, but takes up more room than most Thanksgiving dinner platters will allow – especially with Aunt Grace’s enormous Tropicana Orange Jello mold. You can get a similar horn-of-plenty essence with a simple yet elegant napkin fold. Fill your napkin cornucopia with fresh flowers or greens, a small gift, candy, nuts and fruits, or anything else that strikes your fancy and suits your guests. It’s a lovely way to finish your holiday table setting. 

Folding Your Napkin

Most square napkins will fold nicely into the cornucopia shape. It’s a good idea to start with a stack of freshly pressed napkins. If you are using a napkin with a directional print, like the our Conversational Napkin shown above, it’s important to begin folding so your motif is not upside-down when you finish. Try a practice fold to confirm before you press the napkins.

Step 1: Fold napkin nearly in half diagonally as shown below. Don’t go quite all the way to the right edge so you don’t have an overlap showing when you are finished.

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Step 2: Bring the lower right corner up to the point.

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Step 3: Bring the lower left corner up to the point.

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Step 4: Fold the right side across about a third.

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Step 5: Fold the left side across as shown to form the cornucopia.

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Finish Your Cornucopia Napkin

The fold forms a little pocket where you can insert your own harvest; whether it’s a fresh flowers or greens, candy, nuts or a small gift. Tie with a pretty cord or ribbon to finish.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Lovely Idea

Lovely Idea

Margo J
Margo J
3 years ago

When I went to the directions

When I went to the directions for the “Conversational Napkin”, it appears some steps are missing?

Margo J
Margo J
3 years ago

Thank you! I will keep an eye

Thank you! I will keep an eye out for it.

Sally M.
Sally M.
3 years ago

Excellent.  I was wondering

Excellent.  I was wondering what I could do with the dinner napkins that was more special than just folding them.  This is a great idea, thanks Sew4Home – and – Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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