We’ve been at it again, making handprint keepsake t-shirts for our Thanksgiving Handprint Crafts this year! Our collection of handprint and footprint t-shirts continues to grow as we make them for each holiday, with the ultimate goal of making each of the boys a t-shirt quilt that will show how their prints have grown over the years. This year, I did different Thanksgiving shirts for each of the boys, a pumpkin for Donovan and turkeys for Avery! We invited our playgroup over and we all had a lot of fun with our babies! The boys will get to wear their shirts on Thanskgiving Day as well as this coming Tuesday for Donovan’s school Thanksgiving play! I’m so excited for his first school event!
The shirts were very easy to make…but you can always just do paper, too. For shirts, you will need a prewashed shirt in a light color, paper bags or cardboard, and fabric paint, which you can find at Michael’s or other craft stores. Place the paper bag or cardboard inside the shirt to prevent the paint from leaking through, and then tape the sleeves of the shirt to the back to keep them out of the way while painting. Once finished, allow the shirts to dry for 24 hours before wearing and 72 hours before washing.
For the pumpkin handprint shirt, you’ll need green and orange fabric paint, plus whatever color you’d like to paint your words. First, paint a big round pumpkin on your child’s shirt. If your child is old enough and you trust them with fabric paint, you can draw the outline of the pumpkin on the shirt and then let them fill it in…mine only get to do finger paint unsupervised right now. So, I painted the pumpkin for Donovan. Then, paint your child’s right hand with green paint and press it sideways at the top of the pumpkin. Clean that hand and then repeat with the other hand. You may need to fill in the handprints a little so they stand out well. Paint a stem on the top, and add some words if you’d like. Super simple! And I think this was a fun alternative idea for a Thanksgiving Handprint since we did a turkey for Donovan previously.
For the turkey handprint shirt, you’ll need brown, red, yellow, orange, white, and black fabric paint. First, paint the palm and thumb of your child’s right hand brown. Then dip a new paint brush in both the red and yellow paint and paint the fingers. Press onto the shirt. Clean that hand and repeat with the left hand. Fill in the hand & finger prints as needed so they stand out. Use orange paint to add the beak and feet to each turkey. Then dip the end of a paint brush into white paint, and place a small dot on the thumbprint of each turkey for the eye. Let the dot dry a little, then dip the end of a brush in black paint and place an even smaller dot of black in the center of each white dot to complete the eye. Paint on your words, and you’re done! I liked this turkey idea, too, as an alternative to the Hand & Footprint Turkeys we made the boys before.
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving! For more handprint and footprint craft ideas, click here: Handprint & Footprint Crafts on The Education of a Stay at Home Mom.