How to Tie-Dye Starburst Napkins

Nothing quite says summer like tie-dye. Though it may not be summer anymore for many of us now that the kids are back at school and the pools are closed, there’s something inherently summery about Sukkot for me.

Maybe I only feel that way about it this year because it’s an early holiday year. Maybe it’s because my Pinterest board is filled with citrus garlands and monstera leaves. One thing is for certain: we are dining outside in the Sukkah. If that doesn’t call for beautiful tie dyed aesthetic, I don’t know what does.

Although you won’t be able to see the full effect of the starburst pattern while the napkin is folded, that’s also part of the charm. Just imagine that little spark of wonder across the dining table as everyone pulls the napkin from their wine glass or salad plate. It’s sure to make everyone say how did you do that?!


  • Set of 4 white cotton napkins
  • Tie dye kit
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Waterproof work surface covering


  1. Fold each napkin into quarters to make a square.
  2. Fold each napkin into thirds to make a triangle.
  3. Take 2 popsicle sticks and sandwich the folded corner between them at an angle with the higher end being on the open side of the napkin.
  4. Tightly wrap rubber bands on either side of the popsicle sticks.
  5. Gather a section at the opposite end from the sticks and wrap a rubber band around it. You napkin should look like a goofy carrot.
  6. Dye each section a different color and follow the tie-dye kit directions for sitting, rinsing, and washing.

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