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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Keepsakes & Traditions: Hand & Foot Print Turkeys

 Thanksgiving Keepsakes & Traditions
By now you know I am addicted to have a fondness for hand & foot print crafts.
Why? They make wonderful keepsakes. 
It's an easy way to hold onto a little bit of your child's childhood.

Every year (for the past 3 years), I have helped the Lil Divas  make a hand & foot print turkey. I LOVE seeing these cute little guys on display. The turkeys appear so much bigger to me this year - makes me a bit sad. My babies are growing so fast. This is exactly the reason why I enjoy having these keepsakes. It freezes time just a little bit and I get to enjoy these small hands & feet that will never be this size again.

Stand-up Hand & Foot Print Turkey

What You Need:
brown, yellow, red & orange construction paper
TP roll
wiggly eyes (optional)

What To Do:

1. The Lil Divas traced their hand & foot print.
It is wonderful to see them do this independently -
the tracings are far from perfect but they are all their own which is fabulous!

2. The Lil Divas cut out their footprints. 
I folded the paper over so they made/cut 2 at a time.

3. I cut out the handprints since we needed 6.

4. To make the turkey's body -
we used 2 overlapping footprints and glued them together as seen below.

5. To make the feathers-
glue the 6 handprints in various colors to the back of the body (see below).

6. Attach the turkey to a TP roll to enable it to stand up.

7. Display.
We have them on our dining room table
& they make the cutest centerpieces/decoration.

Handprint Turkey Keepsake

Every year each of the Lil Divas also makes a painted handprint turkey.
I LOVE seeing those little handprints.
It makes me both happy and sad to see how much bigger 
they get from year to year.

What You Need:
brown, red, orange, yellow & green washable paint
card stock

This year even the youngest got to do it on her own.

What To Do:
1. Paint the palm & thumb brown for the turkey's body.

2. Paint the remaining fingers in the assorted colors for feathers

My Littlest Diva enjoyed the hand painting paint part immensely and managed to keep the paint solely on her hand = Fabulous!

3. Press handprint firmly onto card stock.
4. Add an eye, beak, waddle & feet to complete the turkey (see below).

I plan to add a photo of these adorable handprints to our family calendar for next year. I know the grandparent will enjoy seeing these little gems.

Books We Read:

Looking for more Thanksgiving crafts & fun -
we have more!


  1. Can we move in with you? Just through the holidays? Love to paint, craft, decorate! Wonderful fun ideas on your blog and love the linkies.

  2. Your crafts always look like so much fun.

    I would love for you to share this on my linky party, Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land (

  3. Such cute ideas! I keep hoping to have time to do a foot print and handprint turkey with the kids... Maybe Wednesday while I'm getting desserts ready...
    Stopping by to let you know you've been given the "Tell Me About Yourself" award. You can check it out here:
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I love the handprint turkeys! I stole your idea and used them for a Thanksgiving card to send to the grandparents.

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  6. Oh my, I love that your turkeys are kissing :-)

    Thank you for joining Kids Get Crafty!


  7. Very cute there friend- love it!

  8. thank you for sharing these wonderful kid crafts!..My little one would surely love to make the handprint turkey!:)..

  9. Very cute turkeys. I love how you turned them into centerpieces. I need to do more of this type of thing, they grow so fast! Thanks for sharing on monday Madness

  10. Thank you for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...hope to see you again soon!!

  11. For this thanksgiving give your child the best hygienic gift "towels" but to make sure give them the most used fabric in clothing and textiles.


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