Thanksgiving Handprint Art: Ideas and How To 1

My “little turkey” is my daughter Eloise, who is about three-and-a-half years old. I am grateful for her and the joy she gives us! Every day she seems more grown up than before and, while that’s good, I know I’m not alone in wanting our babies to stay babies!

thanksgiving handprint art

Document Changes Even In Tradition

Thanksgiving represents tradition for many. Year after year, it’s a holiday that’s usually much like the last.

For me, this Thanksgiving has been so unlike my pattern of past Thanksgivings. In all my past years, Thanksgiving Day meant jovial, noisy houses full of people: my husband, daughter, parents, grandparents, sister, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends. I am used to splitting the day with two very large family groups—first my husband’s family and then mine. Since moving to a new state over a year ago, there’s a smaller—yet still wonderful—family dynamic. But this year, due to a round of colds, it was an even smaller party at our dinner table! This Thanksgiving has not matched all my past Thanksgivings. It was so quiet. It was just my daughter, husband, and me. I am thankful for these three hands that make up my little household.

thanksgiving handprint art

And this year, I’m also thankful for the chance to freeze-frame my daughter’s little hands and feet with paint and paper.

thanksgiving handprint and footprint art

I love to “harvest” my daughter’s little feet each year to document her growth!

thanksgiving handprint and footprint art

If you’re interested in learning how to make handprint and footprint art, especially for Thanksgiving, check out our previous post about handprint and footprint art ideas. You can take your favorite prints and use them to create your own custom gifts on, from printing it on canvas to adding it to a blanket, there are many possibilities for showcasing your child’s handprint art.

Happy Reflections of Thanksgivings

Thanksgiving is so reflective and, even amidst the hustle, it always reminds me to hang on to the moments life gifts us since we do not know what tomorrow brings. Take in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and people of the season. Reminisce on the conversations during past feasts. Enjoy the humorous commentary from the children around you. Treasure the memories of past Thanksgiving feasts with family near you. Take pictures and maybe do a little fall-inspired art project to look back on years from now.