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.
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.
- White cardstock paper
- Red, yellow, orange and brown paint
- Fine tip black pen
- Letter and number stickers or stencils
- Gold paint (optional)
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.
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.
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.”
The final step is to use a black pen and add legs, an eye, a beak and a wattle to your turkey.
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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