Hand Print Turkey Keepsakes

Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a hand print turkey! In effort to do something different this year besides paint and paper, I came up with this. Burlap is so fun to use with kids crafts! I had all of these materials on hand:  burlap, cardboard, paint, dyed noodles (from last year), paint, raffia and construction paper.  These are the two that are finished – 6 more to go – but I prepped the others for the older kids to thread their own noodles on after nap time.  
  1. Print painted turkey onto burlap. 
  2. Kids each paint a piece of cardboard for backing. 
  3. Glue turkey on painted cardboard.
  4. Punch holes in top.
  5. Wrap pipecleaner through hole on one side.
  6. Thread on dyed pasta.  
  7. Wrap and secure other end of pipecleaner.
  8. Add raffia.
  9. Print “Happy Thanksgiving” with child’s name and year on construction paper.
  10. Cut with decorative scissors and glue on.

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  1. we ALWAYS do the turkey (paint/paper) during hunting week. we may have to try this, to shake things up a bit :)

  2. Adorable!

  3. Thank you for such a cute project. Me and the kiddos did them today, and I blogged about it, with a link back to your site and tutorial. I’ve never been here before, but I’m glad I stopped by!

  4. I love this keepsake. I plan to do this with my little ones.


  5. I love this! Found on pinterest and can’t wait to do!

  6. This is soooo adorable! I especially love how you put the turkey on burlap. Such a neat idea!

  7. We are doing this in my son’s class on tuesday. Can you tell me what font you used? I’m having trouble finding a font that uses a regular a. Thanks so much,

  8. What kind of glue did you use to put the turkeys on the cardboard? Do you think this is simple enough to be done at a class party to be taken home that day?

    • I know this is waaaaay after the fact, but I use hot glue to apply it to the cardboard.Depending on the age of your kids, it might be possible to do it as a make and take, but the paint needs to dry, so keep that in mind…

  9. What do you mean by print painted turkey onto burlap?

  10. These are adorable!

  11. What kind of paint? Tempra or fabric?

  12. Great simple decoration. Very nice theme with a copy of the hand :)


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