I just love bringing this door sign out every year! Look how big my little guys are getting! This year I had a smidge of extra time and put together several for some friends and family. Here are some tips to make your own:

You will need preferably a thick rectangular piece of fabric-a denim weight or a twill would work well, brown,yellow, red and orange medium point sharpies, fabric pen (the blue kind that blots off with water), an ultra fine black sharpie, trim of your choice, a ribbon for hanging and about 3 of those popsicle kid craft sticks.

I just love the look of the khaki/sand color mixed with the dark browns and oranges of Thanksgiving and fall! I used scrap fabric I had laying around (waiting for just such a use!) and cut it in a rectangular shape-long enough to include all three of my boys hand prints.

First, I used my fabric pen to mark on the “Happy Thanksgiving”. I love the look of the curlz MT font from MS word. You can print it out and then just do your best to copy it as closely as you can. Choose whatever font you like, of course, but it looks so much neater if you can pick a specific font! Or if your child is learning to write it would look adorable in their cute handwriting! Let them use the fabric pen then you can go over it with the other markers. The great thing about using a fabric pen is that if you don’t like how it looks-blot it off with a damp paper towel, wait for it to dry and just redo it!

Once you’ve got your writing on the way you want it go over your letters with a medium or dark brown, highlight parts of the letters with the orange then outline the letters with the fine point black. Be careful not to hold the pens down for too long or they will bleed into the fabric and leave a big spot! Use a “light hand” when doing your lettering!

Don’t forget to put the date somewhere on your sign as well, I chose the bottom right corner.

Put your child or children’s names below where you intend to put their handprints.

Attach your trim of choice with fabric glue.

To do the hanging ribbon, attach the ribbon about say 1 inch down on the back on each side with fabric glue. Fold the fabric over top of the ribbon on the back and secure with fabric glue. Here is where you also use fabric glue to attach the popsicle sticks. I had to cut one in half then attach another over top of the two. That way the sign hangs straight and doesn’t curve inward in the middle.

Then the handprints!!!! Get several wet paper towels ready for after the printing. Squeeze a bit of oranges, reds, browns, yellows on a paper plate. Get a sponge brush and sponge the different colors on different parts of the little hand. Gently place the hand on the sign where you want it to go! Don’t panic if it doesn’t look perfect! That is part of the charm!

After the handprints have dried take your ultra fine sharpie and outline the turkey, add his feet in brown, use red for the comb above and below the head, add the eye and beak with some yellow. Be sure to outline the comb, beak and feet as well. Not sure exactly how you want to do these parts? Check out my silly turkeys!

For more fun Thanksgiving hand print ideas and more check out the rest of my Thanksgiving items here or click on the Thanksgiving link to the left! Check out the Felt Handprint Turkeys, Turkey handprint bibs, Thanksgiving food toss game including food bean bags and more! Have fun!

Not up to doing this by yourself? Want to give a one of a kind gift? Just email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com and I will make you a Turkey Handprint Door Sign kit! Including the sign made and ready to go with little pots of paint and even a spongebrush for the recipient!