Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

Thanksgiving: Pilgrim Boy and Girl Origami

Print and fold an Origami Pilgrim Boy or Girl. Craft idea: Glue onto folded card stock to create your own Thanksgiving cards.

Difficulty: Easy

Directions: Follow the same directions used for the Cinco De Mayo Boy Origami:

1a. Print and cut out doll face along outer solid line.
1b. Cut out Pilgrim doll body along outer solid line.
1c. Turn doll body over so that the printed side is facing down.

2a. Crease along diagonal line as shown. Unfold.
2b. Repeat crease along diagonal line on other side, as shown. Unfold.
2c. Turn origami over so that the printed side faces up.
2d. Crease down along horizontal line as shown. Unfold.

3a. With printed side facing down, carefully "tent" fold upper body forward, as shown.
3b. Fold doll's legs forward, as shown.
3c. Repeat on other side.

4a. Glue head onto body.
4b. Your Pilgrim Origami is finished!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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NOVEMBER: Thanksgiving Crafts and Origami

Thanksgiving Origami Turkey Card

Fold an Origami Thanksgiving Turkey and make a card to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to a loved one.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate


1a. Print Turkey Origami.

1b. Print Happy Thanksgiving Card, preferably on card stock or heavy paper.

2a. Cut out Turkey Origami.
2b. Cut along bold red lines, as shown by red arrows.
2c. Fold turkey tail feather back, as shown by blue arrow.

 3. Accordion fold tail feathers, back and forth, as shown.

4. Repeat accordion folds on other side.

5. Fold body up as shown.

6a. Fold turkey body forward to center, as shown.
6b. Repeat on other side.

7. Fold turkey's head down, as shown.

8a. Fold corners of turkey body back, as shown.
8b. Fold top of tail back, as shown.

9a. Grasping tip of tail, pull down to open accordion pleats, as shown.
9b. Repeat on other side.

10. Fold bottom of body back, as shown, then glue onto Happy Thanksgiving Day card.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving: "Giving Thanks" Paper Bag Turkey Craft

A fun and easy centerpiece children can make with a few supplies and these printable designs. Parental guidance needed.

1 small paper bag
glue or tape
printed turkey template


1. Stuff small paper bag with tissue paper or paper towels. Twist and seal end.

2. Print and cut out "Giving Thanks" Paper Bag Turkey Craft sheets (2 pages).

3. Assemble head by taping or gluing tabs, then cover sealed end of paper bag with paper turkey head and secure with tape or glue. (I cut a slit in the back of the head so that it fits more snugly against the paper bag body.)

4. Glue or tape turkey wings and tail to body.

5. Write down things that your children are thankful for--friends, family, health, etc.--on each feather and glue or tape onto turkey tail.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Projects

Here's a Thanksgiving Turkey to print for place cards, napkin rings and greeting cards. For place cards, use a 3"x5" blank index card, folded in half. For napkin rings, use a cardboard paper towel roll cut into 1" lengths, OR use the printed pattern. For Thanksgiving greeting cards, fold a blank letter-sized paper in half and decorate.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Gift Bag

Print and fold a Thanksgiving Turkey Gift Bag.


Print on hard card stock. Cut out on outer lines, fold on dashed lines and secure with glue or tape. Punch holes in top and add ribbon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hawaiian Thanksgiving Greetings

Send Hawaiian-style Kālua Turkey Thanksgiving greetings to family and friends!

In Hawaii, Thanksgiving is celebrated just as it is on the mainland United States: with family, friends, and lots of food. Alongside the traditional turkey and stuffing, you'll likely find island favorites like sushi, noodles, rice and poke (Hawaiian raw fish salad).

To add an island flavor to the Thanksgiving meal, locals will sometimes prepare the turkey in an an imu. The imu is a traditional Hawaiian oven created by digging an earthen pit and lining it with rocks. Once the flames have died down and the rocks are very hot, the imu is lined with green banana leaves and palm fronds. Kālua turkey and pork steamed in an imu is ono (delicious)!

1. Animated Kālua Turkey GIF for websites and email:

2. Print and Fold a Hawaiian Kālua Turkey Card:

Directions for folding your Print and Fold Kālua Turkey Thanksgiving Card:

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