If you have loved ones you can't be with during the Thanksgiving holiday, show them that they are in your thoughts with a special handmade origami greeting card.
The origami greeting card featured in this tutorial is made from a single sheet of 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch paper. If you would like to make the exact design that is shown, you can download our free printable Thanksgiving card paper before you begin. (The printable paper is a PDF download.)
Alternatively,you can fold the design using plain paper and decorate the card as desired. One nice way to decorate this simple design would be to add an origami photo frame to the front of the card. Make the frame from your favorite pretty patterned paper and add a picture that would be meaningful for the recipient.
1. Fold the Top Left Corner
To begin making your Thanksgiving greeting card, fold the top left corner of the paper over as indicated in the photo to the left.
2. Fold the Side
Fold the left side of the paper over so the bottom left corner meets the right edge. When you're finished with this step, your origami greeting card should look like the photo the left.
3. Fold the Top Right Corner
Open your origami greeting card. Fold the top right corner down and fold the bottom up as indicated in the photo to the left.
4. Begin Making Guide Creases for Your Leaf Embellishment
Fold the lower corner of the triangle fold up so it touches the top left corner of the paper.
5. Guide Creases - Part 2
Fold the loose corner of the triangle in to meet the diagonal crease. When you're finished with this step, your origami Thanksgiving card should look like the photo to the left
6. Finish the Guide Creases
Fold the loose portion of the paper in half. Crease well.
Fold the loose portion of the paper in half once more. Crease well. When you're finished, your origami card should like like the one in the photo to the left.
7. Pleat the Corner
Unfold the paper and fan fold all of the creases you made in Steps 4 through 6. Start with the longest crease as a mountain fold. (This means to fold the paper away from your body.) It is important to make these creases as crisp as possible.
When this step of the project is done, your paper should look like the Thanksgiving Day greeting card in the photo to the let.
8. Finish Your Printable Thanksgiving Card
When you've finished all of the pleats, refold Steps 1 through 3. If you've made all of the folds correctly, you'll have a design that looks like a leaf in the top right corner of your origami card. If you don't see a folded leaf design, it is likely that you did not alternate mountain folds and valley folds in the correct pleat pattern.
Use a glue stick to secure the bottom point of the folded leaf embellishment into place. Congratulations! Your card is now complete.
If you would like to mail your card, it will fit inside the envelope featured in our easy origami envelope pattern tutorial if you make the envelope from paper measuring 12 inches x 12 inches. (This is the standard size for paper sold for scrapbooking purposes.)