Thanksgiving Crafts for Baby's First Turkey Day

There's nothing cuter than itty bitty baby fingers. And there's nothing more common than the Thanksgiving hand print turkey. But common doesn't have to mean un-cool.

On the Glenwood Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) blog, a mom came up with an adorable and pretty easy way to commemorate Thanksgiving with turkey hand prints in a simple but long-lasting and adorable way that even non-crafty moms can do easily.

Did you read that? Long lasting! Make memories! And even the not-so-good with crafts moms can handle it. Check out how easy this is:


What you'll need:

  • Mod Podge ($8.79 at K-Mart, but available almost everywhere)
  • Blank tiles
  • Festive paper and construction paper (you could decorate your own, but it might smear)
  • Scissors
  • Letter stickers
  • Foam brush

handprint turkey

Here's how:

  1. Trace your kiddo's hands onto your paper (on the back -- you don't want your marks to show on the front) and cut them out.
  2. Cut out whatever shapes you want for the feet (she used paper punches), and do the same for the beak and waddle (the neck thing no one wants to ever get!).
  3. Assemble on your work surface first -- you don't want to glue this on until you're sure you have it right. Check it twice!
  4. Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile with your foam brush, then assemble your turkey on your tile.
  5. Coat carefully in another layer of Mod Podge. Careful, careful.
  6. Use your letter stickers to write your kiddo's name and the year, and whatever else you want. (Baby's first Thanksgiving, awww!)
  7. Coat in two more layers of Mod Podge (allowing each to dry a little before each layer) and let dry.

Tada! Now you have an adorable keepsake of Thanksgiving that also commemorates how tiny your little people are for their first Turkey Day and can compare and watch them grow if you do one each year. Super cute.

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Image via Glenwood MOPS

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