DIY Thanksgiving Cards Kids Can Make


I remember tracing my hands to make turkeys back in elementary school.  We'd color in our fingers to make the features.  And then we'd eat some sort of Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria.

I loved making those turkeys.  It's one of those quintessential holiday kid crafts, no? But I've never made them with my own kids!  This year, we're doing it!

For the first time ever, my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house!  We're so excited to have our family join us at our home, so I thought it would be fun to send the grandparents some Thanksgiving cards, inviting them to dinner.

DIY Thanksgiving Cards your kids can make

This was such a simple and fun craft.  (And cheap!  I had everything on hand, save the features - which I had a plenty left over, so I'll be saving for another craft project.  Love that!)  Kate thought this was a total blast.

DIY Thanksgiving Card Supplies

Supplies for Your Thanksgiving Cards

  • Construction paper (We went with orange and yellow, but you could go with brown, red, etc...)
  • The best guillotine paper cutter
  • Marker or pencil to outline your hand print
  • Feathers
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

How To Make Your DIY Thanksgiving Cards

Lay out your construction paper on a flat surface.  Trace your child's hand using a marker or a pencil.  We decided to also trace my hand, so we could make a Mama and Baby turkey.  You can just do one turkey or maybe two little turkeys, whatever you wish! Trace Your Child's Hand to Make Turkeys
Using glue, carefully adhere the feathers to the finger tips to make the turkey feathers. Use Feathers to make a Fun DIY Thanksgiving Card
Adhere the googly eye to the thumb to make the turkey's face. DIY Thanksgiving Cards Kids Can Make - feather fingers and googly eyes
Write your personalized message.

These cards could serve as invitations to your Thanksgiving dinner, or place cards at the place settings.  But you don't need to use these cards as invitations.  If you can't be with your family on Thanksgiving, I'm sure they'd love to receive a sweet Thanksgiving note from your child.

DIY Thanksgiving Cards Kids Can Make

If you are using these as invitations, it could be fun to to write the menu on the backside.  Your child could draw pictures of the food or add sticker embellishments.  You could also make more turkeys and write your guest's name on the turkey to serve as place cards.

Invite Your Guests to Thanksgiving Dinner with DIY Cards

Do you remember making hand print turkeys when you were in school?  Aren't they so cute?!

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Sarah Bagley is a wife, mother, and owner of a garbage-eating coonhound. She's a recovering perfectionist who believes being B+ is totally good enough and produces a weekly podcast where she interviews guests about what being B+ means to them. Sarah love getting up early, the color orange, and strong coffee.

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