A turkey origami is a great activity for kids and adults as it is fairly easy to make and requires less complicated folds. With adult supervision, kids can make this into a festive project suitable for the fall and Thanksgiving seasons. When you’re done, you and the kids can use and customize it however you like. You may embellish it to give the turkey some character. Draw some eyes or attach some feather. You may also use it as a Fall décor or attach it to a Thanksgiving greeting card.
Difficulty Level: Easy – Intermediate
To make this turkey, you need to use a square piece of origami paper. I recommend using a paper with one color on one side so that you can easily follow these step-by-step instructions. Face the colored side down, then fold it lengthwise in half. Crease the paper well and unfold.
The next step is to fold the left (A) and right (B) corners of the origami to the middle crease line. The middle crease line is the fold you made in step 1.
The yellow dot is the top tip of your origami paper. You must insert that tip inside the “pockets” you have made from step 2.
Make a moutain fold on the right corner by folding it behind. Fold it along the dashed line.
Turn the origami paper to the other side.
Unfold the flap you made in step 4, then turn the origami paper around again.
You will see that the diagram has two triangular flaps (left and right). We will make a “squash fold” on the right triangle first. Pull down the inner corner of the triangle to the right. Once you are unable to pull it down further, squash it down and flatten. You have just made a squash fold.
Repeat steps 4 to 7 on the other side. Make a crease mark along the dotted line, then do a squash fold on the left side.
To make the origami turkey’s left feet fold along the dashed line of the top layer.
Do the same on the left side. Fold it along the dashed line.
Fold the top corner of the turkey’s feet downward.
You have to fold the origami lengthwise in half. Then, Rotate the origami 90 degrees counterclockwise.
To form the turkey’s neck and tail, make two (2) outside reverse folds along the lines. To create these outside reverse fold, crease along the dotted lines, then fold each tip backward by making valley folds on each side. Along the lines shown, to form the neck and tail of the turkey. To create these outside reverse fold, crease along the dotted lines, then fold each tip backward by making a valley fold on both sides.
Next, make the head of the turkey bird. Make one (1) more outside reverse fold to form the turkey’s head. Go back to step 13 to see how an outside reverse fold is made.
Lastly, fold the tip of the head back. Fold it along the dotted line.