Turkey Handprint Tablecloth

posted on October 29, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Thanksgiving  |  18 Comments

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

I am so excited to introduce our guest poster this week. Meet Becky, one of the AMAZING Crafting Chicks! If you are looking to be inspired in ANY way, you can be sure to find what you’re looking for with the Crafting Chicks. They have projects and inspiration for anyone at any skill level. We love that! So, without further ado, welcome Becky!

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Hello! I’m Becky, one of the 6 “Chicks” who writes on The Crafting Chicks. I am so excited to share a fun craft with you on this fabulous site. We get inspired whenever we read fun blogs like HowDoesShe! It is filled with so many great treats! We at the Crafting Chicks love to inspire you as well!

The Crafting Chicks began with friends sharing crafty ideas and along the way, we are excited to say, we have gained a whole community of friends that also share our passion for Motherhood and all things Crafting!
Between the 6 of us, we have 21.5 kids and just like many of you are very busy! We often get asked, “How do you do it?” We all have this in common, we would go crazy if we couldn’t craft or get creative. It truly is our therapy.

I wanted to show you my fun little Thanksgiving Project. If you follow our blog at all you know that I am a sucker for all things related to hand prints. I love to use these fun little guys to see how my girls are growing from year to year. I also wanted a spin on the old turkey hand print so I thought what better way to showcase it year to year than with a tablecloth. Since we do Thanksgiving at my mom’s usually, I thought I would make the tablecloth for her and get all the grand-kid’s hands on it.

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

a table cloth
paints, (I used brown, red, yellow, blue, and green for the turkey and its feathers)
paint brushes
fabric pens
handy helpers (kiddos)

First off, make sure the kiddos have clean hands, then begin to paint on the hand the colors that you want. I slopped the paint on there because it seemed to dry pretty fast.

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

Press their hand down and make sure to press out each finger so you can get the imprint. Slowly peel the hand off of the tablecloth to prevent any smudging.

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

Add the eyes, (I dotted them with black paint on the end of a paint brush). Then draw on the feet.

Then you can add the beak and wattle (is that what it’s called?).

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

Write on the name and year for each child.
Repeat with each kiddo and see how cute your tablecloth has become. Since my sister and I are both expecting, I didn’t want to finish the tablecloth this year. I thought we could add to it each year until the entire skirt is full. It will be fun to see how the hands change each year and it will remind us of how thankful we are for these special kids in our family.

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

Another fun spin on this would be to have each kid hand print a place-mat. Then they could have their own place-mat each year and add a turkey print. So many fun things you can do.
Now if you need some other fun ideas, here are some of my favorites from our site.

Brooke’s Fun Thanksgiving Canvas (Freebie)!

Jen’s oh so sweet Keepsake box

and Nikkala’s Personalized Card Holders for Kids

Hope you enjoy! Please stop by and see what we’re up to today!


What an amazing craft! I’m always looking for ways to hang on to those little moments with my children just a little longer. How fun to see their handprints grow. If you have a lot of nieces and nephews, it would be a great craft to do for grandma and grandpa for Thanksgiving. Thanks, Becky for this wonderful idea!

Turkey handprint Tablecloth

    1. October 29th, 2010 at 8:14 am
      Brooke says:
      Becky, this turned out so darling!! I love using my kids' handprints for things too. I'm sure your mom will adore this tablecloth forever! :)
    2. October 29th, 2010 at 9:04 am
      Tami Higbee says:
      Fun idea!! Thanks!
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    3. October 29th, 2010 at 9:16 am
      Michelle says:
      Such a great idea!! Thanks again for a GREAT post!
      .-= Michelle´s last blog ..pumpkin art and a stained shirt =-.
    4. October 29th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
      Shelley says:
      Love this! Even for adults! :) Thanks for sharing.
    5. October 29th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
      Melissa says:
      I do this every year for Thanksgiving except I put it on a shirt and they wear it that day! Great idea for the table cloth to keep adding to it each year!
      .-= Melissa´s last blog ..shirts and invites =-.
    6. October 29th, 2010 at 6:38 pm
      Monica says:
      so adorable!!
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    7. October 30th, 2010 at 11:45 am
      Tiffany E says:
      I love this idea! I can't wait to make this for our Thanksgiving dinner!!!
    8. October 31st, 2010 at 8:36 am
      Amy @ Blowout Party! says:
      OMG my kids will love this project- too cute!
      .-= Amy @ Blowout Party!´s last blog ..Pirate Princess Party =-.
    9. October 31st, 2010 at 9:35 pm
      Alison says:
      So fun!!! I would love to do this every year on the same table cloth to watch their hands grow!! Thanks for sharing.
    10. November 1st, 2010 at 2:00 pm
      Ashley T says:
      I'm definitely going to do this of my little ones hands every yr to watch them grow!!! thank you for this amazing idea!!!!!!!!!
    11. November 3rd, 2010 at 9:39 am
      Craft Passion says:
      This is cute! I am really got inspired, I think my kids would like to try this handprint turkey out !!! Thanks for showing :)
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    12. November 4th, 2010 at 6:57 am
      Shirley Carr says:
      The turkey table cloth is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Wow! I'm going to do my grandsons hand every year till he's 18. Cute huh?
    13. November 4th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
      Marie says:
      So cute, Brooke! I too have a few hand-print turkey ideas up my sleeve. Those little hands are just too adorable to resist not stamping!!
      • November 4th, 2010 at 12:55 pm
        Marie says:
        Opps! I meant to say, "So cute, Becky"!!
    14. November 16th, 2010 at 11:47 pm
      Rebecca says:
      Love this turkey! Looks like a fun thing to do for the "Kid's Table" for Thanksgiving! Thank you!
    15. November 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
      emiley says:
      I loved the table cloth idea so much that I made one with the kids that I nanny. We gave it to their parents as a Thanksgiving gift!
    16. November 21st, 2010 at 11:54 pm
      Marisol Avila says:
      Cute idea. What do you put on it to preserve the handprint or can it not be washed?
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