Tissue Paper Turkey

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Tissue Paper Turkey
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Proud as he may appear, this gobbler is simply folded paper held together with pipe cleaners. Assemble one ahead of time to use as a centerpiece, then provide extra supplies so your guests can make their own.

What you'll need

  • Tissue paper (see color and size details in instructions)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper clips
  • Tape

How to make it

  1. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 1

    TAIL:

    Stack 8 sheets of tissue paper as follows:

    2 red, 20 by 13 inches

    2 orange, 20 by 11 1/2 inches

    2 yellow, 20 by 10 inches

    2 brown, 20 by 8 1/2 inches



    Fold the stack accordion style, as shown, creating a strip roughly 1 1/4 inches wide.

  2. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 2

    Wrap a pipe cleaner around the center of the folded sheets.

  3. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 3

    Fold up the ends and connect them with a paper clip.

  4. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 4

    BODY:

    Stack 13 sheets of tissue paper as follows, centering the smaller colored sheets between the larger brown ones:

    2 brown, 10 by 26 inches

    3 orange, 10 by 13 inches

    3 red, 10 by 13 inches

    3 orange, 10 by 13 inches

    2 brown, 10 by 26 inches



    Fold the stack accordion style, creating a 1 1/4-inch strip.

  5. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 5

    Wrap a pipe cleaner around the center of the folded sheets.

  6. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 6

    Working one side at a time, gently pull up and separate the sheets to form the body.

  7. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 7

    HEAD:

    7 Fold a 13- by 20-inch sheet of red tissue paper lengthwise. Twist together 2 pipe cleaners, crimp one end of the wires around the sheet (see below), then loosely wrap the sheet around the wires.

  8. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 8

    Wrap a second sheet around the first and secure it with tape. Bend the paper into a head shape.

  9. Tissue Paper Turkey - Step 9

    ASSEMBLY:

    Twist together the 3 sets of pipe cleaners underneath the turkey as shown, leaving enough slack to let the tail and head stand upright.

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