Sometimes during this time of year we get so caught up in everything we have to do that the kiddos can feel a little left out. This is especially true for the youngest ones still at home. Take a time out this weekend and make this DIY hand print turkey shirt with your kiddos for them to wear on the big day.
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This year has thrown into sharp contrast how busy the holidays get for us. In addition to my oldest being in more activities, my husband has been in Louisiana since October 22 for a military training. Good old Murphy is asserting his presence while I’m single-momming it.
A Visit from Murphy
This included my youngest getting Croup which I had never even heard of before. I must have gotten lucky with the older two, but at almost midnight on Halloween night, I heard my son wake up sounding like he couldn’t breath. Talk about scary! I was ready to rush him to the ER until I talked to my momma (God bless her) and she told me what it sounded like.
We slept propped up on the couch the rest of that night and headed to the doctor the next morning. He is since doing so much better, but it really made me look at how on the go we are. Some of the things are outside of my control such as holidays and after-school activities, but how often am I working on Christmas presents instead of hanging out with my kid this time of year? The answer is too often.
That’s why we decided to take a break and enjoy some crafty fun with this DIY hand print turkey shirt. It doesn’t take long but we had so much fun making it. We also got some quality momma and baby time. I want that for you and your kiddos too!
DIY Hand Print Turkey Shirt Materials
First, lay out your t-shirt. Depending on the age of your kids, you may want to put it on a protected surface like old newspaper.
Next, put your cardboard inside of the shirt to separate the front and the back. This keeps your paint from seeping through the fabric and marking the back. It also keeps the sides from getting stuck to each other.
Begin placing hand prints on the shirt by covering your kid’s hand with fabric paint and having him press the hand firmly, fingers fanned out, down on the t-shirt. Clean any remaining paint from your child’s hand.
Continue adding hand prints in different colors, fanning out like feathers. Be sure to clean his hand between each paint color.
Lastly, add some black paint to your child’s hand and have him press his hand firmly down in the center, fingers together and thumb sticking out. Again, clean the paint off of your kid’s hand.
Now, take your paint brush and fill out the turkey shape using the black hand print as a guide. The thumb becomes the beak and the hand is the head. Don’t forget a bulbous body that hits all of the colorful hand prints.
Allow your paint to dry before moving on.
After your paint has dried, add a yellow beak and pink (or red) snood.
Again, allow your paint to dry completely.
Once your paint is dry, toss the shirt in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the fabric paint.
DIY Hand Print Turkey Shirt Care
When washing your turkey shirt, flip it inside out to protect the paint, especially the beak and snood. After washing, you can dry it as you would any other plain t-shirt.
This DIY hand print turkey shirt is so much fun to make, especially with toddlers. They laugh and squeal when you put the paint on their hands and it’s absolutely adorable. Be sure to have your camera ready for some fantastic candid shots. Then on Thanksgiving, throw on your turkey shirts and some sweaters and you’re ready to go. Pretty awesome, huh?
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