Bird of Paradise

Today's napkin folding lesson is brought to you by Jonathan. This fold is called the Bird of Paradise by professional napkin folders, who went to college but ended up folding millions of napkins for a living. To unprofessionals like us, this looks more like the Mayflower, which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving. At other times of the year, pretend it looks like a bird. 

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Take a large square cloth napkin and fold it in half, like so. You should have a rectangle.

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Fold it again, in the other direction to make a smaller square.

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Make a triangle by folding the corner with all the open ends to the opposite corner (the top).

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Take right corner and fold toward the middle (see picture below).

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Repeat with left corner.

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Flip it over and fold the tip backwards on top of the "tail".

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Fold the two corners on the bottom towards the middle, holding the tail inside. 

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Jonathan says this looks like a slipper.

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One at a time, pull each of the four napkin corners inside towards the back. 

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It should look like this. 

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Professional napkin folders then place the front of the boat into a goblet, which turns the boat into a bird. We carefully set it on the plate for Thanksgiving.

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Home Made Playdough

When rain is in the forecast, I like to have something quiet and engrossing for the children to do. This is our favorite recipe for play dough. It smells nice, isn’t sticky, and it lasts for a very long time, even if you are not careful about keeping it in an airtight container. I also think it is the best use of white flour and Kool-Aid I have ever come across! Each color you see in the picture above is one batch.

3 cups white flour

1 1/2 cups salt

3 cups water

2 Tbs. oil

1 Tbs. cream of tartar

food coloring as desired or 1 pkg. Kool-Aid (*see note at bottom)

Mix all ingredients in large saucepan. 

Cook and stir over medium low heat until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and is difficult to stir. 

Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled. Knead on counter 3-4 times. Store in air tight container. 

  • We tried several different colors of Kool-Aid and found that Tropical Punch is pink and Lemonade doesn’t change the color enough to be noticeable. The cheap liquid food coloring available at the grocery store works great. Yellow and blue make green, red and blue make purple, a tiny bit of red and a lot of yellow makes orange.

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