Make Video Podcast: Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Out of Paper!

Are you tired of the same meat based turkey every year? Well this year do something different, instead of killing your own, or frying your own, or building a nuclear reactor to heat it up, you can make your own turkey out of paper!

In this weekend projects video, my dx-arts pal Allison Kudla and I break it down for you by teaching you how to use Blender to decimate a turkey and output it to Pepakura which will flatten it and add tabs and get it ready for papercrafting. Big thanks to the folks over at Alibre who modeled up our our turkey and made an awesome 3d exploding turkey for the pdf. Watch the video to learn how to build one from scratch, print out the instructions if you want to learn how to make your own model out of paper, or you can just print out the plans and fold them on up! This could make a great activity for the family while the meat-based bird is cooking!

Make sure to take pictures and upload them to the Make Flickr Pool, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s an mp4 that plays on pretty much everything. If it doesn’t let me know! Here’s a quicktime m4v for your ipod. Here’s a giant hd size quicktime mov for those with quick download speeds. Here’s a 3gp and 3g2 for people who like to watch on their phone!

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16 thoughts on “Make Video Podcast: Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Out of Paper!

  1. Wulf_7 says:

    Enough blog about the paper turkey, please.

  2. cgriff says:

    Nice turkey – where can I get yr T-shirt??

  3. cgriff says:

    Nice turkey – where can I get yr T-shirt?? (the one on the guy…) No insult intended!

  4. philliptorrone says:

    Wulf_7 – you can read specific sections of make if you don’t want to read the posts related to the holiday that most folks are celebrating. the side bar has a list of all the categories.

  5. robertadams1 says:

    Looks great! Is there a Pepakura-equivalent that runs on Linux? I would love to put my blender models into real-world paper models too!

  6. elfred says:

    why fucking bother?

  7. allisonx says:

    wow, i can think of lots of reasons why one would bother, but i am imagining it more as a system that can be used in many varying and interesting ways with tons of different outputs and uses. but as simply a weekend project on thanksgiving, the turkey was the icon of choice.

    best wishes!

  8. Dennis Bishop says:

    I am interested in trying to do your paper turkey but i can not find any instructions in English. Do any exist? Where could they be found?
    Thanks – Dennis

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