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Napkin Origami: 25 Creative and Fun Ideas for Napkin Folding Paperback – May 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling/Hollan (May 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402752954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402752957
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Napkins need no longer be a boring square of set dressing on a well-laid table. This book gives fun and fanciful ideas on how to turn your plain-Jane napkin into everything from a pirate ship to an elegant seashell. It takes the basic techniques of the Japanese paper-folding art and applies it to the lowly napkin, both paper and cloth. The book begins with a clear and concise description of the basic folds involved and the different techniques one should use with cloth versus paper napkins as well as a key to the illustrated instructions. The designs themselves are broken down between simple models, such as an ice-cream cone using two different colored napkins or the shirt-and-tie design on the book’s cover; designs for special occasions, like roses and baby bootees; then into more complex and formal designs, like swans and shells. Although the techniques may take practice for greater perfection, the instructions here make the projects easy and fun. A little bit of work and anyone can have a Martha Stewart–worthy table! --Tina Coleman

More About the Author

Brian Sawyer is a Senior Editor for O'Reilly Media, where he manages the Missing Manuals division. He has also served as lead editor for the company's popular Hacks series, editor for Head First and Make: Books titles, and contributing editor to Craft magazine. When not writing or editing about technology, he uses it to help train for marathons (see Chapter 4 of Best Android Apps).

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Meyer on August 18, 2008
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Well-written with clear instructions and good step-by-step. I liked that there are a variety of shapes included. Many of them are quite challenging. Overall, think this book has the proverbial "something for everyone." If you're looking to dress up your table, this book is a good choice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fohs on May 22, 2012
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I bought this book thinking it would be primarily about folding cloth napkins (as shown on the cover of the book). Napkin folds are fun at dinners, especially with kids around. There are some cloth folds included, but most of the designs are for paper napkins. That to me is pretty much just plain origami. Others require heavily starched napkins.

If you're looking for ideas about decorating a table with origami, then by all means get the book. If you're looking for fun and creative cloth napkin folds, I'd recommend searching further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CSU on November 8, 2009
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Fun ideas for entertaining, but to also amuse little ones on rainy days. I liked the variety of designs, but as stated in other reviews, time to do it. These are not for the "oh oh company will be here in 15 minutes and the table's not set" host/hostess. An iron is quite helpful. The diagrams are detailed and easy to follow, even for the more complex folds. Having a finished photograph is an additional help in showing various table settings as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ColorStuff on December 4, 2010
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...tells your guests they are special and worth your time and effort. My daughters are great with origami and napkin folding, and we never set a company table without specially folded napkins--even if they're just quickly stuffed into the glasses. I bought this book mainly because I wanted the bootie napkins for my daughter-in-law's baby shower. We had a 3-color scheme and set pairs of booties around the buffet tables. Too cute for words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the Oracle on January 6, 2012
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Plan ahead a little, and amaze your friends and family with these lovely ideas for folding napkins. It may take a little practice, but it's a fun way to dress up a table.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Gee on April 3, 2010
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I bought this as a gift for my sister who has everything and is extremely difficult to buy for. The book was really neat and the instructions were well laid out, I'm just not sure if it will ever be used. Who has time for napkin origami?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Shanahan on January 11, 2009
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This is fun to do, but you need undisturbed time to do it. Suggest using an iron to see folds as you progress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By curly1 on March 26, 2013
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made the shirts for fathers day decorations for work out of paper .they were just big enough to fit a gift card inside also. even made one for my boss with his name and a magnet on it .
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