Hand and Foot Turkey Craft

This hand and foot turkey craft takes the traditional handprint turkey a step further. By adding a cutout of two feet for the body this guy looks great when it’s done.

The kids will have a blast tracing their hands for this Thanksgiving craft idea. But don’t let the kids have all the fun. Parents can jump in on the fun and make this a family turkey craft project.

Each person can write a special message of what they are thankful for on the back of their handprints. Then have the whole family write their names on the back of the turkey’s body (the footprints) and date it.

So all hands (and feet) on deck and let’s start crafting.

Family Hand and Foot Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

This is a great fun family craft project. Use the person with the biggest feet for the footprints and everyone’s hands for the handprints.


  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Fall Colored Construction Paper
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Yellow Clip (or yellow paper)
  • Red Paper
  • Yellow Yarn (optional)
  • Feathers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make a Hand and Foot Turkey

Step 1: Using the brown paper, trace someone’s foot. Be sure to wear shoes as you don’t want the toes of the foot. Cut out two feet with the tracing.

Step 2: With the smallest width of the foot facing the top, place the two feet cut outs together. Now spread the bottom half of the cut outs slightly to form the body. Glue together at the top (the head) and where it over laps at the bottom (body).

Step 3: Using the fall colored paper, trace each family members hand and cut out. Use different colors for each hand. If you need more “feathers” then just cut out more handprints.

Step 4: Arrange the handprints to make the turkey’s feathers. Put the larger ones in back and smaller ones in front. Alternate the colors to make a beautiful display of feathers.

Glue your arrangement together.

Step 5: Glue your handprint feather grouping to the back of the turkey so that they will fan out above and around the turkey’s head and body.

Step 6: Cut out two arms and two feet using the brown paper. Glue the arms to the sides of the turkey and the feet to the bottom of the turkey.

Step 7: Glue on two wiggle eyes on the turkey’s head. Using a yellow clip, glue this below the eyes for the turkey’s beak. If you don’t have a clip cut out a beak with yellow paper. Glue the top of the clip only as you will slide the wattle underneath.

Step 8: Cut out a red wiggly wattle (that funny looking red thing under the turkey’s nose). Glue this under the yellow clip beak.

Step 9: Optional:

As a finishing touch to your adorable Thanksgiving turkey craft, add some real feathers on one side of the turkey’s head. Then create a small yellow bow tie using yarn and glue this at the neck of the turkey.

Be sure to preserve this fun family hand and foot turkey craft project by putting everyone’s name on the back of the turkey on their handprint. Then date this and put a Thanksgiving message on the back of the turkey’s body. Hang this fun Thanksgiving craft on a wall where everyone who visits can see it.

In addition to this hand and foot turkey, try out these other fun hand turkey crafts using paint and paper. These are just as much fun, very easy and will make a great Thanksgiving decoration.