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Towel origami-making a Balinese flower from a dinner napkin or bath towel

Updated on March 28, 2014

A dinner napkin

Place a candy or mint in the middle, or even a decorative flower, or placecard
Place a candy or mint in the middle, or even a decorative flower, or placecard

Balinese paper or fabric flower

Balinese paper or fabric folded flowers are beautiful. You don't have to be super creative to make these. These are simple to make and can really compliment a fancy dinner party, baby showers, cocktail parties or even place-settings at events like weddings, or conventions. The best size fabric to use, I've found are paper napkins, towels, or fabric napkins. The more square the starting piece of fabric the better. Also, using spray starch or crisp clean fabric the easier to fold. This will be easiest to fold and retain its shape. These take less than 4 minutes each to fold, and with a little practice you can crank them out like an assembly line.

You can even add trinkets, candies, or place cards to the center to make them even more elegant, interesting, or thoughtful.

I've noticed that this simple towel origami inspires great conversations starters! They are great conversation pieces, and icebreakers.

A giant Balinese flower out of a king size sheet

A quick how to video...


  1. Gather your fabric or material
  2. Lay the piece flat
  3. Fold in each corner
  4. Fold in each corner again
  5. Flip the entire piece over
  6. Fold those corners in
  7. Reach under each corner and flip them out to form the flowers
  8. Finally, reach under and flip out the triangular corners for the petals
  9. Lay flat in desired place setting and decorate!

© 2013 Rebecca


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is such a beautiful article with the photo examples. I would love to have this at my next dinner party. What a great idea!