Hand Print Turkeys

Hand print turkeys are a fun craft to make with your children. Whether you use paper, paint, or ink, your turkeys will make perfect Thanksgiving decorations. This is a guide about making hand print turkeys.

Paper hand print turkey.
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Completed handprint turkey with wobble.These hand print turkeys are a great craft to make with your children. Made with tracings of your kids' hands and feet, they can be a keepsake to hold on to. Completed handprint turkey with wobble.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • construction paper (tan, orange, yellow, red)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • google eyes
  • pencil


  1. Trace around both of your child's feet on tan construction paper.
  2. Tracing of feet on tan construction paper.

  3. Trace around your child's hand on the yellow, red, and orange construction paper. You need 2 in each color.
  4. Hand prints on assorted paper.

  5. Cut out all of your tracings.
  6. Cutouts of hands and feet.

  7. Overlap your feet tracings at the heel and glue together to create the turkey's body. If you don't erase your pencil lines, ensure that they are on the back of both tracings.
  8. Two foot prints glued together to form body.

  9. Turn the "body" over so that your pencils lines are up. Begin arranging your hand tracings along the edge of his body to form his tail. Again, make sure the pencil lines are facing you so that they don't show on the front.
  10. Adding handprints for tail.

  11. Glue the feathers in place on the back of the body. Then turn him over.
  12. Front view of turkey with completed tail.

  13. On a scrap of orange paper, draw two simple feet. You can draw one on a folded piece of paper to ensure that the feet look the same once they are cut out.
  14. Cut out the feet and glue them to the bottom of his body.
  15. Turkey feet drawn on paper. Turkey with feet attached.

  16. On a scrap of yellow paper, draw a triangle for his beak. Cut out.
  17. On a scrap of red paper, draw a thin, long oval, for his wobble.
  18. Glue the wobble to his beak.
  19. Glue two google eyes onto your turkey.

You are done. Enjoy!

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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This is a cute little turkey hand that is great and fun for all children to make.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 or more


  • 4 poster paints ($2.00)
  • 1 white paper ($.10)
  • 4 glitter ($1.00)
  • 1 googly eyes ($1.00)


  1. Let your child choose what color paint they would like to use. Place some on a paper plate, and dip their hand in it.
  2. Gently have your child press their hand on the paper
  3. Sprinkle the glitter onto the fingers on the paper
  4. Then for the last step place one googly eye onto the thumb part of the hand on the paper.
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Complete TurkeyEasy to make paper turkey that is perfect for decorating your home or to give as a gift. It uses tracings of your child's hands and feet creating a great keepsake that can be kept well beyond this holiday season! Complete Turkey

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • cardboard (from cereal/food boxes)
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • tape
  • construction paper (brown, yellow, red and orange)
  • pencil
  • glue
  • google eyes


  1. Trace your child's hands and feet on to the cardboard. Smooth out the lines where you traced the toes so that it is no longer bumpy. Cut them out.
  2. Turkey Templates

  3. Using the cardboard patterns, trace each hand once onto the red, orange, and yellow construction papers. Trace each foot once onto the brown construction paper. Cut them out.
  4. Take the construction paper feet, overlap the heels ('big toes' pointed outward) and glue together. This creates the body of the turkey.
  5. Turkey Body

  6. Take all of the construction paper hands, alternating colors, and fan them out. Staple together where they overlap. This creates the feathers.
  7. Turkey Body Feathers

  8. Glue hands onto the BACK of the turkey body. Reinforce with tape.
  9. Turkey Body Back

  10. Cut the 'wobble' out of red paper, the 'beak' out of orange paper and the 'feet' (x2) out of orange paper.
  11. Glue feet to the turkey body.
  12. Glue 'wooble' to the back of the beak.
  13. Glue eyes onto the head of the turkey.
  14. Glue beak/wobble just below the eyes.

By Laurel from Port Orchard

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Use paint to make this handprint turkey instead of tracing. Add a few details to the turkey and some fall leaves and you have a beautiful work of art to display at Thanksgiving time.

Handprint Turkey Art

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Holidays and Parties Thanksgiving CraftsNovember 11, 2011
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