How to Make Turkey Napkins

Make Thanksgiving entertaining a bit more entertaining with these cute and creative turkey napkins. Gobble up, everyone.

By: Caylin Harris

Related To:

A Turkey-Day Table Winner

Thanksgiving is about so much more than the food. It’s about bringing friends and family together around the table. So you might as well make that table special and a little bit playful. Made from paper napkins, these turkey napkins are fun, fairly easy to assemble and a surefire way to add a little extra gobble to every place setting. Here's our step-by-step guide.

What You’ll Need

The only tool you’ll need is a pair of scissors. Each turkey napkin will require:

  • 2-ply orange napkin (8.2 x 8 x 2.5 inches)
  • 2-ply red napkin (8 x 4 x 4 inches)
  • Woven brown napkin ring
  • Glue dots
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange felt

Step One: Get the Napkins Ready

Unfold each red napkin so it’s halfway open. Leave the orange napkins as-is.

Step Two: Fold the Red and Orange Napkins

Start with the red napkins and use an accordion fold (fold, flip, fold) to fold each up completely (as pictured). When you’re done, it should be about an inch wide. Moving onto the orange napkin, fold in the edges of the napkin, about 1/2-inch on each side. Then do an accordion fold on the orange napkin, the width should be a little under an inch.

Step Three: Layer the Napkins

Layer the two napkins so that the orange napkin fits into the grooves of the red napkin. Don’t worry if the two don’t perfectly line up — slight imperfections will actually lend some nice extra texture.

Step Four: Add the Napkin Ring

Gently work the napkins back into their accordion fold and carefully slide the napkin ring onto the middle of the napkins.

Step Five: Fan Out Your Feathers

Gently work with the napkin arrangement to see what it will look like when the two top corners of the red napkin are touching. Using your glue dots, attach the top two inner corners of the red napkins together with a glue dot. You want the napkin "feathers" to fan out.

Step Six: Add the Beak

Cut a small triangle out of the orange felt and use a glue dot to affix your turkey's beak to the napkin ring.

Step Seven: Give It Eyes

Using two more glue dots, affix the two eyes above the beak, creating the turkey face.

Step Eight: Set the Table

That's it! With your turkey's feathers on display, you're ready to serve the real bird. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!