This Thanksgiving turn a simple napkin into a whimsical table decoration for each of your honored guests. Follow these simple steps and you too can turn your napkin into a Turkey.
Step 1: Begin with the napkin fully open, laid out as a square, then fold it in half vertically so that the fold is on the right. Press.
Step 2: Create a horizontal pleat at the bottom by folding the napkin up about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the edge and folding it under itself. Press.
Step 3: Working from the bottom to top, continue making pleats by alternating folds, accordian style.
Step 4: Stop folding when 4 to 5 inches remain at the top of the napkin.
Step 5: Flip over the napkin.
Step 6: Holding down the right side of the napkin, fold it in half.
Step 7: Grasp the upper right corners (both layers) of the unpleated side and diagonally fold down the right top corner as far as possible (creating a triangle), tucking the corners deeply down into the pleats. (The triangular fold creates a stand for the turkey's fanned tail.)
Step 8: Grasp the triangle and stand it upright so that the pleats fall open and form the turkey's fanned tail.
Use yellow squash that 1 to 2 inch stems, and then glue on a finely shaped beak fashioned from a corn husk. Two cloves strategically placed behind a carefully cut gourd's stem complete the illusion of the bird of the hour.
Check out David Stark's Napkins with a Twist book if you are interested in finding more of these great napkin folds.