Turkey Hand/Foot-print Keepsake Plate

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 Last year I celebrated my first Thanksgiving as a mother of two; I had a whole lot to be thankful for but not much extra time!  I made this sweet plate after Thanksgiving-- too late to put it out for decoration, but I'm so glad I took a little time to make it so I can enjoy it this year, and many more to come!  Their sweet little hands and feet won't fit nicely on a plate too much longer!

thanksgiving plate square

I used a plain white ceramic plate from Dollar Tree.

To make the turkey's feathers I had my older son make 3 hand-prints using red, orange, and yellow acrylic paint.  Once that was dry, I made a brown footprint with baby brother's adorable pudgy little foot (look at those tiny toes)!

I used black, white, red, and orange puff paint bottles to complete the turkey face and write the words on the plate.

This year I'm thankful that I took the time to preserve their little hands and feet so I can always remember our first Thanksgiving as a family of four!

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  1. That’s so precious!! What a great keepsake and decoration!! Love it!!

  2. Just love your idea !! I was wondering did you seal the plate and could you share how ??

    • Thanks! I can’t remember if I sealed it but I think it would be a good idea to seal it with minwax polycrylic spray or something similar.

  3. Do you bake the plate to cure or just let it air dry?

    • I just let it air dry because I’m not sure how the puff paint would do in the oven. I suggest using a spray-on clear coat like minwax polycrylic

  4. Where did you get the plate holder?carissa.

  5. Do you bake the paint on?

    • I didn’t because I wasn’t sure how the puffy paint would do in the oven. For extra protection you can use a protective clear-coat.

  6. Kelley Miller says:

    Hi Kate. Love the beaded cross. When I saw your picture I was like I know her. Your brother John and my son went to school together. I live just a couple of streets over from you.


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