Monday, November 12, 2012

thanksgiving turkey handprint plates

you know you're old when you start a story with, 
"when i was a little girl..."

here goes.

when i was a little girl we used to make these really cool plates in school. the kind where you draw on it with special paint or markers, the school sends it away to be baked, then you get it back and you can use it forever.

these weren't just drawings though, these were stamped with our HANDPRINT!

it was a really special keepsake that i know my mom adored. and it's cool to see it now, reminding yourself what a teeny punk kid you used to be. lol

turn the clock fast forward 40 or so years and here i wish i had the same plates from my kids.

times have changed and so has the school budget where now the only plates they use in art class are paper.

another sigh.

so what's a deprived-child's-handprint-plate-mom to do these days? yes there are kits you can buy to make these plates but i am looking for a dirt cheap inexpensive alternative.

hence the dollar store to the rescue.
they have solid glass plates for ONE DOLLAH!

this is what you'll need.
oh and an orange sharpie marker for glass that i forgot to take a pic of.

i made a bunch of pics for you, just follow along...
put that paper aside for a second.
now grab that paper again and,
here's a closer look on how your kid can  write the 
"happy thanksgiving" in reverse.
after we made the first one, my son said he wanted fancier feathers. i think he hangs around me too much. haha
so we did this.
this painted hand made these cool feathers.
oh before i forget to tell you, when the hand is pressed down on the plate, the entire palm does not imprint.
 so, you do this:
when they are all dry,
they are all done.
i think my tutorials take longer to write than the actual making of these plates :>P
you could write the date down too but i wanted to keep them just like this. i can always look on this blog to see how old he was when he made these, hoping this blog will live til eternity.

(note to self: your son was 9 when he made these!)
have fun with them!
now 40 years later your kid can look at what a teeny punk kid he was too.

just totally kidding about the punk part!
but he'll get a kick outtta looking how much he's grown.

as always, thanks for reading my blog :)


  1. Gobbley Good Turkey! Festive, creative, and just all around fun to do.
    You good You!

    1. thank you thank you gobbley good YOU Me V!!!!! :>D xoxoxo

  2. Wow! Cool idea and it looks so fun! Great Thanksgiving craft!!! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!!

    T'onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

    1. awwww thank you T'onna! thanks for letting me join your linky party :)

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I love to see all your "mad scientist's" creativity... Your turkey plates look wonderful.

    Nice to know you via blogging and hope to see more of your fun ideas again. Following you now :D


    1. YAHOOOO! THANK YOU Zoe!!!! oh you totally made my night!!! took a quick look at your fabulous yummy blog-will check out more tomorrow-promise!- cuz i gotta go nitey nite now :)

  4. Oh my gosh! These are the greatest things! I would LOVE for you to add this, and anything else you want, to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while!
    Thanks again,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

    1. oh my goodness! you are SOOOOO sweet! i linked up of course-thank YOU for the invite :)

  5. That's a great idea and I love the memory aspect of that. I'm such a sap I'd probably sit there staring at the handprint and crying. I have a hard time wiping fingerprints off of mirrors for the same reason!

  6. Your plates are so fun! What a great keepsake for your kids and I love how colorful they are!

    1. thank you so much Laurie! yeah i like the fancy feathers too :)

  7. What a fun idea! My girls would love doing this! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!


  8. What an awesome idea. We never made those in school when I was a kid, but I sure would love to make them with my girls. Thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

    1. oh thank you so much! you're so sweet for always commenting :) i love it!

  9. What a fun project, and what an awesome tutorial.Thanks so much for sharing on "I GottaTry That"

    Have a great Thanksgiving.


    1. thank you thank you Marcie! have a wonderful Turkey Day too! :)

  10. What a fun idea!
    thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    have a great rest of the weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. WHOOT! WHOOT! thank you SO much Cheryl! it's because of YOU i got a lot of readers last month on one post and considering all the people who follow your blog, i am truly honored! have a wonder full Turkey Day too!

  11. I want to make some too Lisa!!! Looks like so much fun!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

    1. you'll have a ton of fun making these with your girls Christine-my son really liked it considering we made 4 plates and he wanted to make even more after that-he kept giggling when i was painting his hand :D thanks so much again!

  12. Loved it so much, I am featuring it this week on Mom's Library. Come on over and grab a featured badge from Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk! Can't wait to see what you will link-up this week!

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  13. Hi! This craft looks fabulous! I'd like to do this with my kiddos and their cousins on Thanksgiving.... would poster paint work? I coulndn't tell if the Martha Stewart paint you have in your picture was acrylic? If I used poster paint, I wonder if the Mod Podge would smear the painting even after it's dry? Thank you for sharing!!

    1. good mornin' Liz! the paints i used were acrylic-i almost used glass paint but you don't get the vibrant colors. i honestly don't know if poster paint would work-i think you need a thicker stronger paint so the design lasts awhile. i'd hate for you to use that and have the mod podge mess it up! oh, before i forget, just handwash these of course. thank you so much and have a wonderful thanksgiving!!!

  14. Tooooo Cuute! Lovin these little turkeys! I'm featuring you today... you're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up with the Wildly Original Crowd at the party.

    <3 Christina

    1. YAY! YAY! YAY! thank you ever SO much Christina!!! :>D


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