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Paper Turkeys

Getting these brilliantly feathered friends to the table requires pasting (but no basting) and some cutting and folding.


For a gobbling-good centerpiece, set out two or three in the middle of your holiday table. Or let smaller toms do service as Thanksgiving place cards.


  1. Step 1


    Download and print turkeys on card stock; there are separate templates for place cards and centerpiece.

  2. Step 2

    Glue turkeys back-to-back; cut out. Cut two strips of orange art paper, each 1 5/8 by 15 inches for the place cards and 3 1/8 by 20 inches for the centerpiece.

  3. Step 3

    Using a bone folder or straightedge, accordion-fold strips, making each fold as deep as the height of the base. Glue end of folded strip to left side of base, making sure first fold faces up; hold until secure. Glue and hold right side. Repeat on opposite side.

  4. Step 4

    Dab glue underneath in center of folded strip to hold folds together; repeat on other side. For place cards, write names on card stock and lean against turkeys.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2004

Reviews (7)

  • Pocket Ninja 20 Nov, 2013

    I found the PDF online...

  • KayBeeBoo 5 Nov, 2013

    This article is missing the template to download. Other similar articles have a list of materials where the download shows up, but this doesn't have one. Can you please add. I love the colorful turkey!


  • bullethead 9 Nov, 2012

    Can you please help me ? I am looking for the paper turkey and place cards templates for this thanksgiving they are so beautiful and colorful and would like to use them again .I got them last in 2004 Please Help!!!!!!!!!!

  • lyndsey21 1 Nov, 2011

    These are the best!! Such a traditional way to add something to the table.

    I printed an extra turkey to put in an existing picture frame I had, just to change things up for Thanksgiving. Sometimes, the smallest, simplest things make the nicest impact.

  • Grandmultipara 17 Nov, 2008

    I adapted these as favors for our next nursing home visit by printing out and pasting "Give Thanks" and "Happy Thanksgiving" to the front and back turkey bases, then making copies on my all-in-one printer. I inserted a folded strip of cardstock before pasting turkeys together, so they'll lie flat like a greeting card when handed out and will stand up w/out the pleated bases. They're elegant and easy to do. Thanks, Martha for another wonderful craft!

  • Marisanoelle 12 Nov, 2008

    I loved it!!! Hint: follow measurments exactly!

  • lecoop 6 Nov, 2007

    I used these turkeys on napkin rings and as part of a centre piece when entertaining French friends to a typical American Thankgiving dinner. They were impressed with the feast and the history behind it and took the turkeys away with them.