Thank You Cards

Thanksgiving always gives me warm fuzzies. The family gatherings, the irresistible comfort food--it makes me smile just thinking about it. When my oldest son was born, I decided to start an annual tradition that would make this holiday even more memorable. Every year, we paint handprint turkeys onto blank notecards and then add the words "I'm thankful for you!" Inside each card, we write a personalized message to the recipient sharing one reason they are special to us. We are fortunate to have wonderful friends and family and it always feels so good letting them know how much we care.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy


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Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Hands-down, the first step is always my son's favorite. He dips his hand into brown paint and smears it around with a paintbrush to make sure that every inch is coated.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then he carefully presses his hand down onto the paper. To help ensure that the handprint transfers well, I gently press down on each of his fingers too.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    After the paint has dried, my son glues a googly eye on top of his thumbprint...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    ... and an orange beak for the turkey's nose and a red wattle under its chin.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Final result!

    And for a finishing touch, I carefully add the words, "I'm thankful for you!" to the front. Our homemade cards are complete and ready to be personalized.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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