Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, in part because of the food. Honestly, I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t look forward to the annual opportunity to get my fill of dishes we often make only for the holidays. But there’s a lot more to Thanksgiving than that, and we are always looking for ways to pass that message on to our kids. This year, I took the opportunity to do that in a hands-on way with my daughter. When Walmart challenged me to complete a Thanksgiving DIY project, I knew I wanted to involve her. Which meant the project needed to be relatively simple. I’ve been seeing thumbprint turkeys everywhere, and I knew my daughter would love to create some. However, we wanted to turn those turkeys into place cards for the Thanksgiving table, where we’d be able to write down the things for which we are thankful before we eat.
- Craft paint in 4 colors (aff)
- Paint pen in black or brown (aff)
- Blank greeting cards (aff)
- Small googly eyes (aff)
- Label maker or pen (aff)
My daughter was only too happy for the opportunity to do some finger painting. I set her loose with red, orange, yellow and gold paint. She started by making arcs of fingerprints in three of the colors. She choose red for the smallest arc, orange for the second, and yellow for the third. Lastly, she added a “body” for the turkey with thumbprints in gold paint. Here’s the painted set. I should mention that the cards we bought were simple 8.5″ x 11″ cards to be folded in half. They were a little too big for this purpose, so I cut the cards in half, like so: The next step was to embellish the turkeys with eyes and beaks. We cut tiny triangles of brown felt for the beaks. You’ll be able to gauge how large yours should be based on the size of your turkeys. We hot glued two googly eyes and the beak to the body of each turkey, and finished it off with legs, drawn with a black paint pen. But that wasn’t enough. We wanted to personalize the cards a bit. So we pulled out our handy labelmaker to add something extra. Each card will feature a name on the front, and a writing prompt on the inside: “I am thankful for…” The labelmaker made this part easy for us, but if you don’t have one on hand, you can accomplish the same thing by writing names at the top of each card, and writing the prompt on the inside. So before we eat Thanksgiving dinner, I will ask each family member to take a moment to write down the things for which they are thankful. After all, that’s what the holiday is about. So even though my list will likely include baked macaroni and cheese and savory turkey, it will also include all the things for which I am thankful daily — most of all, my family. DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.