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Handprint Turkey Plaque

Handprint Turkey Kids’ Craft for Thanksgiving

November 15, 2010 Sarah Coggins

Since our ghost footprint plaque was so much fun to make but had to be packed up until next fall, my son and I got together with some friends, and pulled out the paints again to make a new plaque to hang in it’s place.  Ready to give the house a festive look for Thanksgiving is our Handprint Turkey:

Handprint Turkey Plaque

Isn’t he adorable? My favorite part is how excited my son gets about it. If you ask him where his turkey handprint is, he’ll point directly at it and babble excitedly. Sometimes a few claps are thrown in too. 🙂 Adorable.

On the back, is a cute little poem we found on the internet (not exactly sure where credit is due since I found it in multiple searches):

Handprint Turkey Plaque: Poem on Back

We altered the poem slightly (changing “It comes with” to “It’s made with”)  and printed it onto cardstock. Then hand-wrote each boy’s name, date and age.


  • wooden plaque (6-3/4″ diameter)
  • acrylic paints; paint brushes
  • coordinating ribbon
  • staple gun
  • white cardstock
  • Mod Podge


Step 1 Paint the wooden plaque in a solid color of acrylic paint in your choice of background color. Set aside and allow to dry.

Step 2 Paint the palm of your child’s hand and the thumb with brown acrylic paint. Paint each of the fingers a different color (we used green, orange, purple, and red).

Step 3 Carefully help your child place their hand in the center of the plaque and gently press down to create the handprint. Set aside to dry and wash your child’s hand off.

Adding Handprint to Turkey Plaque

Step 4 Use paint to add details to the turkey handprint – eye, beak, waddle, and legs. Add decorative dots around outer edge if desired.

Step 5 Tie a bow in a piece of ribbon. Length of ribbon will vary for how long you want the plaque to hang and ribbon to extend beyond. After the paint has fully dried, use a staple gun to attach the ribbon to the back of the plaque.

Step 6 Print poem onto cardstock. Set plaque on top of paper and trace to create circular outline to cut. Cut out the paper and adhere to the back of the plaque using Mod Podge to glue and seal.

Step 7 Hang and enjoy!


  • Laura November 15, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Totally LOVE this! Wonder if I can get Cameron to do this one. ;)
  • emily November 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    That is adorable! ANother idea to file away for "someday"! Glad you are feeling better too :)
  • Ryzmomplus2 November 16, 2010 at 8:17 am
    Adorable! Enjoy those days, they go by so quickly!
  • scrapchick November 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    Too cute! What a cool idea!
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