A Thanksgiving Keepsake
Last weekend the kids and I visited my mom and dad for a long weekend. Hanging on her oven was a Thanksgiving gift we’d given her back in 2006, when the preschooler was nearly 4 months old. A thanksgiving tea towel decorated with hand print turkey’s, most likely inspired by a preschool art project one of the older children brought home. I had completely forgotten this little project, and was so grateful to be reminded of it … what a treasure! We mailed our out of town family we were missing during the holiday’s each one to let them know of our love and appreciation for them. The Grandma’s and Great-grandma’s loved them! I’m planning to make a 2010 version for our house with all five kids hand prints.
I love embellishing tea towels for family using the kids hand prints and craft paint and adding a bit of ribbon, ric-rac or other trims along the bottom to anchor their little hand prints.
Generously, but carefully, paint your child’s hand with the intended paint colors – seriously, cheap acrylic craft paint works wonderfully, and it survives LOTS of washings, honest. Gently, but firmly, press their hand down on the lower third of a white tea towel. Don’t jostle or wiggle, or the turkey will smudge. Consider how many turkey’s you’ll do so you space them appropriately across the towel … how cute would it be to do a towel with all the cousins Thanksgiving morning while they wait for the meal? For little, little ones, stick with a brown turkey and let the older kids add color with their hand print turkey’s.
Using colored permanent markers — Sharpies work wonderfully! — draw the eyes, legs, beak and gobbler on your special turkeys. Be sure to also label each hand print with the child’s name and along the hem in the corner, add “Happy Thanksgiving” and the year.
Sew coordinating ribbons and trims below the turkeys. I use white thread in my bobbin and invisible thread in the top so I can quickly and easily sew different colored trims on without having to change threads, and the back stays neat and polished too.
Set paint with a hot iron and pressing cloth. Launder normally.