please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when 'laying' this place setting. When i was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round - and it seems I still haven't learnt.

Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.

 

When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.

These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.

To make the flowers you will need

A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.

sewyeah napkin serviette flower 1

Take two matching napkins, open them both out and cut into quarters.

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Pile the napkin quarters on top of one another.

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Pick up the pile and concertina it – you should be able to get 6 folds in.

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Take the piece of florist wits and wrap one end around the middle of the concertina napkin, then twist to secure

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Cut an arc shape at both ends

sewyeah napkin serviette flower 7

Starting at one side carefully separate out the layers of the napkin to create the flower

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Repeat on the other side till your flower has bloomed

sewyeah napkin serviette flower 9

Finally push the wire stem into a paper straw and secure at the top with a little blob of glue.

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Repeat with more napkins till you have a beautiful bouquet

sewyeah napkin serviette flower 12

If you wish to use these blooms as place names simply cut a leaf shape from some green paper and then write the recipients name on it and display at their seat.

 

If you’d like to see a video showing how it’s done please visit my Instagram here