Thanksgiving Craft: Family Hands Turkey

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Add a little more meaning to the quintessential “hand turkey” by incorporating the entire family. It’s some good old fashion messy fun, so the kids will totally love it.

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

If you grew up in United States, you likely made your fair share of turkeys from your handprint each year around Thanksgiving.

With just a little paint and the canvas of your choice (plain paper, a tea towel or a table runner are a few of my favorite options), you can whip out this project in no time. Add the year and you’ll have a lovely keepsake to always remind you of a particular Turkey Day.

Materials:

  • White cardstock paper
  • Red, yellow, orange and brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fine tip black pen
  • Letter and number stickers or stencils
  • Gold paint (optional)

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

Instructions:

To begin, squeeze out some paint in each color onto a plate or paper towel. You’re going to layer the handprints of every family member, from largest to smallest, on the paper to create the turkey feathers — and be sure to do the smallest hand in brown to form the turkey body.

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

Starting with the largest hand in the family, use a brush to completely cover the palm and inside the fingers with paint. For best results, use the lightest feather color on the biggest hand and a darker color on every hand that follows. Place each hand face down on the paper and flatten it, being sure to press down firmly everywhere. Don’t worry if you have a very young child or a baby (like me) and the brown part ends up smeared — it doesn’t need to be as precise as the feathers.

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

Use stickers, stencils or simply a marker to add the year to your artwork. We chose black stickers to spell out “Thanksgiving” and stencils with gold paint for the “2014.”

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

The final step is to use a black pen and add legs, an eye, a beak and a wattle to your turkey.

Make a family hand turkey for a special Thanksgiving keepsake.

Let it dry, and then hang it on the fridge or stick it in a frame to proudly display on Thanksgiving for years to come.

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