Crazy, Mixed Up Hand Turkeys

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Hand turkeys are the ultimate Thanksgiving craft, and one I am quite fond of. Little kids just don’t get tired of tracing their hands and making cool things out of them.

I wondered how we could shake up the traditional hand turkey a bit and make them a little sillier. Not that turkeys aren’t already inherently silly creatures…

Let's do a hand turkey craft!


  • 1 hand
  • colored card stock
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • silliness

Each of these steps can be done with varying amounts of help from your wee ones depending on their ages/abilities.

1.  Trace lots of little hands on Fall colors of colored card stock.

tracing hand for hand turkey


2. Cut out the hands, and cut off the fingers (no, this isn’t a gruesome Halloween craft.)

cutting paper for hand turkeys


3. Glue the palm parts of the hands on a piece of colored card stock- as many as you want, wherever you want. Make a cool design or make a turkey family.

4. Glue on fingers of varying colors to be the feathers. We didn’t ad the waddles because they make me queasy.

hand turkey craft


5. Draw on turkey faces, a barnyard scene, a turkey disco, turkeys in space, what have you.

This is where it got cute for us- I took for granted that Beckett was going to be able to see the turkey shape in the hands, but when I said he could draw faces on the turkeys, he drew them right on the bodies. Awwww.

Crazy Mixed Up Hand Turkeys •

hand turkey craft for little kids •



  1. 11/08/2013 / 12:42 pm

    I think Beckett’s idea was outstanding! Love these and my youngest will love trying it too. Thanks for putting a new twist on an old favorite.

    • 11/13/2013 / 9:31 am

      I’m so happy your child will enjoy these- we had a lot of fun with them!

  2. 11/08/2013 / 3:42 pm

    Hands down, this is the best turkey handprint craft. EVER.

    • 11/13/2013 / 9:35 am

      YES!!!! You mean we beat out all of those other turkey handprint crafts? I feel like we should be getting an award or something.

    • 11/13/2013 / 10:00 am

      Thank you Aruna! It will stay up on our fridge for a while.

  3. 11/09/2013 / 10:35 pm

    Luuuuurve 😉 These are too adorable for words. Not gruesome at all, LOL!

    • 11/13/2013 / 10:02 am

      Ha! See how separated digits can be made cute by smiley faces…

  4. 11/10/2013 / 9:21 am

    ADORABLE!! I love the turkey’s happy expressions! I think Beckett has your artistic talent!!

    • 11/13/2013 / 10:03 am

      I have to say, one of my favorite things to draw is weird little faces, so I think he really is taking after me. 🙂

  5. 11/11/2013 / 5:37 am

    If there was ever a turkey disco, I’d be there.

    Love those smiling turkeys!

  6. Jill
    11/11/2013 / 11:40 am

    How adorable!! The faces on the turkey’s just draw you right in and make you smile 🙂 Thank you for linking up and sharing this week on the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

  7. 11/11/2013 / 8:03 pm

    Cute cute cute! A great twist on the traditional hand turkey! Love seeing kids’ unique interpretations of grown-up ideas! Great post! 🙂

  8. 11/16/2013 / 2:40 pm

    This is a great idea! Love them!

  9. Gon
    04/04/2018 / 9:55 pm

    Great idea. can i share on social media with this picture

    • 04/05/2018 / 11:55 am

      Of course- But please link back to my original post. Thanks!

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