This DIY Nutcracker Napkin Fold will be a hit at your holiday table all season long.

You just need a few supplies that I am sure you already have.

And, your favorite candy.

Kids and adults alike will love unwrapping these napkins to reveal the sweet surprise inside.


cloth napkins (with or without a design in the corner)

velvet ribbon

candies and/or small toys – I used Lindt Chocolates

empty paper towel tubes (depending on the size of your napkin you could use a toilet paper tube)


Tape – optional


  1. Trim the paper towel roll down about 2 inches.
  2. Place candies and/or small toys inside the tube. You can tape the ends of the tube if the candies try to fall out.
  3. Lay your cloth napkin down on an angle. If it has a design on it, place the design on the bottom point right side down.
  4. Place the paper towel tube in the top corner.
  5. Begin rolling the fabric napkin over the tube until you reach the bottom corner. If your napkin has a design, it should now be showing on the top.
  6. Tie each end of the napkin with a velvet ribbon. I use about 15 inches of ribbon for each side.
  7. Trim the ends of the ribbon into dovetails.
  8. Place the napkins at each place setting.
supplies needed for DIY nutcracker napkin fold - J Dub By Design™
Gather all of your supplies.
cutting a few inches off the end of the paper towel roll before stuffing with candy - J Dub By Design™
I trim about 2 inches off the end of the paper towel roll. I have found that the toilet paper tube are a tad short and the paper towel tube is a tad too long.
placing candies inside the toilet paper tube - J Dub By Design™
Place candies and trinkets in the tube. You can secure the ends of the tube with tape.
placing a napkin on the diagonal with writing on bottom corner facing down - J Dub By Design™
Place your napkin on the diagonal. If there is a design you want to show, make sure the design is on the bottom diagonal, right side down.
placing a paper towel tube and the top of a napkin on the diagonal - J Dub By Design™
Place the paper towel tube at the top diagonal.
rolling a paper towel tube into a linen napkin - J Dub By Design™
Begin rolling the tube and napkin down towards the bottom diagonal corner.
trimming velvet ribbon to tie at the end of napkin - J Dub By Design™
Cut pieces of velvet ribbon to tie off each end of the napkin.
trimming the ribbon ends into a dovetail shape - J Dub By Design™
Finish by trimming the ends of the bows into dovetails.

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linen napkin with the word Believe tied with red velvet ribbon and sitting on Christmas plates - J Dub By Design™
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Drop me a comment below and tell me how you plant to use my DIY Nutcracker Napkin Fold during your holiday dinners.

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Both are outstanding.

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