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DIY Turkey Handprint #Craft — Yellow Tennessee

DIY Turkey Handprint #Craft

We are a part of a home school co-op that meets once a week. It is a great group and we all love it. I have the privilege of not only assisting with a public speaking class for 6th and 7th graders but also spending the mornings with the toddlers.

Anyone that knows me, knows that this is my idea of heaven. Playing with little ones.

The past couple of weeks we have done a Thanksgiving themed craft with them. It was so easy and turned out so well. Of course I had to share.

What you need:

1 canvas (we used 8×10).
Light brown paint
Dark brown paint
Diaper wipes
Red, yellow, orange, white and black paint.

And you also need little hands and feet. For this post we used hers:


Start by putting some of the light brown paint on the canvas. Take a diaper wipe and smear it around covering the front as well as the sides. Let dry for about 5 minutes.

Using the red, orange, and yellow paint, paint on their hands. Then arrange in a fan pattern about the middle point of the canvas. We used 2 yellow and orange hand prints, and one red. Play around with it and do as many or as few as you want.

Let this dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Paint the bottom of their foot in the dark brown paint. The press on the canvas so the heel is in the center of the palms, with the toes at the bottom of the canvas.


Let this dry for about an hour.

After it is dry use the red paint and paint an upside down triangle. Use the white paint and put two small circles for the eyes. Then add a dot of black paint.


This is your turkey.

Let dry overnight and then you can add any phrase you want. I saw one that simply said ‘We are Thankful’. We went for “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good”. I freehand painted the words but you could use a marker or even put some paint in a small squeeze bottle for better control.

Display your finished work.

Hand print Turkey Craft

Hand print Turkey Craft

This was a really simple craft and was a lot of fun. Miss Stalin got to help with spreading the paint with the diaper wipe and of course she lent her hands and feet.

And now we have a cute Thanksgiving picture to hang up year after year.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.