Keepsakes For Baby's First Turkey Day

A hand print turkey is a classic Thanksgiving craft for baby and we've scouted cool new ways to try it at home.

Paper tube turkey craft

Make a keepsake of your little butterball's first Thanksgiving with a handprint turkey craft!

Paper tube turkey craft

See the craft at sheknows.com

Image credit: Photographed by Amy Vowles for Sheknows.com

What you need:

  • red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • toilet paper tube
  • glue
  • scissors
  • marker
  • two buttons
  • a brown pipe cleaner

What you'll do:

  1. Glue the two buttons to make the turkey's eyes.
  2. Make a beak and gobbler out of construction paper.
  3. Trace your baby's hand on a piece of construction paper. Use the cut out as a template to make more hand shapes. Make a total of six handprint cutouts.
  4. Make turkey feathers by gluing three handprint cutouts to back of the paper tube.
  5. Make the feathers fuller by glueing a second layer of hand prints.
  6. Cut two 2-inch pieces of pipe cleaner. Bend the pipe cleaner to form the turkey's foot. Repeat for second foot.
  7. Glue feet to bottom of paper tube.

Thanksgiving hand wreath craft

Thanksgiving hand wreath

See the craft at sheknows.com

Image credit: Photographed by Amy Vowles for Sheknows.com

What you'll need:

  • Orange, red, yellow and brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon

What you'll do:

  1. Trace your child's hand four to six times on each color of paper.
  2. Cut out each hand print.
  3. Alternate colors while gluing the palm of each hand print together, keeping the fingers pointed toward the outside of the wreath.
  4. Cut a piece of ribbon, tie it in a bow and attach it to the top of the wreath.

Turkey handprint TrivetsDecorative turkey handprint trivet

See the craft at The Stir

Image credit: Glenwood Mothers of Preschoolers

What you'll need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Blank tiles
  • Decorative scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Letter stickers
  • Foam brush

What you'll do:

  1. Trace your baby's hand on the back of the decorative paper and cut the handprint out.
  2. Cut out your shape of chose for the feet (star shaped punches were used here). Repeat for the beak and waddle.
  3. Arrange craft on work surface to create desired shape.
  4. Put a thin coat of Mod Podge on the tile with foam brush then immediately assemble the turkey.
  5. Carefully apply another thin layer of Mod Podge.
  6. Use letter stickers to write your baby's name and year.
  7. Apply two more layers of Mod Podge, allowing each application to dry.

Turkey Place CardsTurkey fingerprint card

See the craft at spoonful.com

Image credit: This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

What you'll need:

  • Nontoxic ink pad
  • Blank place cards
  • Markers

What you'll do:

  1. Press thumb on ink pad then place horizontally on paper to print a turkey's body.
  2. Use similar technique with fingers to create a head and feathers.
  3. Use markers to add a beak, wattle and feet.
  4. If using as a name card for the Thanksgiving table, write guest names below each turkey.

Turkey hand paintingTurkey handprint painting

See the craft at running4cupcakes.com

Image credit: Running4cupcakes

What you'll need:

  • Red, orange, yellow and brown craft paint
  • Canvas or cardstock
  • Paintbrush (for your baby's name and date)
  • Optional ribbon to hang the canvas

What you'll do:

  1. Dip your baby's hand in red paint and stamp 4-5 times on a canvas or piece of card stock. Let dry.
  2. Repeat with orange paint and stamp 3 times, just overlapping the red hand prints. Let dry.
  3. Repeat with yellow paint and stamp 2 times. Let dry.
  4. Dip baby's foot in brown paint and stamp in the middle of hand prints to make the turkey's body.
  5. After the brown footprint is dry, use white paint to make eyes. Let dry. Then use a tiny dot of black paint to make the eyes.
  6. A dot of orange paint for the nowise and swipe of red paint completes the turkey's face
  7. Add baby's name, year, or Thanksgiving message.
  8. Optional: Add ribbon by using a hot glue gun to secure it to the back.

More Thanksgiving ideas for baby

Your baby's first Thanksgiving
Tips for baby's first Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving traditions to start with your new baby

Tags: thanksgiving for baby


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