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Thanksgiving Handprint Tree – Crafts by Amanda


This Thanksgiving Handprint Tree is a great way to teach kids to be grateful. This helps them realize how blessed they really are!

Thanksgiving tree made of paper handprints

Why this project works

Handprinted crafts make great souvenirs. When kids get older, it’s fun for them to look back at these projects and see how tiny their handprints were!

In 2001 my kids and I made this handprint Thanksgiving tree. It was a huge success for the rest of the family as they came for our holiday festivities. It was a long time ago, and my kids are grown now, but it’s still a fond memory of the holidays!

child holding thanksgiving handprint craft

Useful project information:


  • Age Level: 2 and above
  • Dirt Factor: Less
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Completion Time: less than 20 minutes
  • Cost estimate: Less than $1.00 each

Craft Materials You Will Need

Labeled supplies for making a Thanksgiving tree with children's handprints
Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Handprint Tree

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

  1. Draw children’s hands on red, orange, green and yellow sheets construction paper,
child drawing his hand on red paper
  1. Ask children to write what they are grateful for on one side, and their name and year on the back.
child writing handprint on paper
  1. Cut the tree from brown paper using the template. Use a glue stick to attach the tree to your board.
cutting a tree from brown paper
Adding Glue to the Tree Template
  1. use the glue stick Connecting hands to the tree.
Child pasting paper handprints on white board
  1. Use a piece of yellow construction paper as a border and glue a small piece of white paper on top of it, then write your family’s nickname and “Kids Thanksgiving Tree” (ie Formaro Kids Thanksgiving Tree) with a black marker.
adding glue to yellow paper
  1. Attach it to the top of the bulletin board with a glue stick.
child adding title on the board

Expert Crafting Tips


  • In our original board (pictured below), we used cork board. The border of the bulletin board can be painted brown if you wish.
  • If you choose to take a heavily used cork board, you can cover the cork with plain white paper to cover all the thumbtack holes.
  • If you are using plain cork board, use thumbpin To add to the tree.
Paper handprints scattered across the table top

Be sure to display your Thanksgiving handprint tree somewhere everyone can see! It is also a beautiful addition to your entryway or fireplace mantel.

child holding thanksgiving handprint craft

Below is the original photo from 2001 and another photo of the second tree made in 2006. We’ve taken new photos so you can see them better!

more tree crafts

Be sure to print our FREE Thanksgiving Word Scramble too!

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child holding thanksgiving handprint craft

print project

thanksgiving handprint tree

Be sure to display your Thanksgiving handprint tree somewhere everyone can see! It is also a beautiful addition to your entryway or fireplace mantel.

prep time5 minutes

crafting time15 minutes

total time20 minutes

age category: kids crafts

Project Type: Thank you

Author: DIY Craft Ideas Hub

supply

  • construction paper red, orange, yellow, green, brown
  • cork bulletin board or poster board
  • pen
  • tree template
  • glue stick or thumbtack
  • paint for bulletin board border optional
  • white paper to cover the cork optional

Instruction

  • Draw children’s hands on sheets of red, orange, green and yellow construction paper.

  • Ask children to write what they are grateful for on one side, and their name and year on the back.

  • Cut the tree from brown paper using the template. Use a glue stick to attach the tree to your board.

  • Use a glue stick to attach the hands to the tree.

  • Use a piece of yellow construction paper as a border and glue a small piece of white paper on top of it, then write your family’s nickname and “Kids Thanksgiving Tree” (ie Formaro Kids Thanksgiving Tree) with a black marker. Attach to the top of the bulletin board with a glue stick.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • The border of the bulletin board can be painted brown if you wish.
  • If you choose to take a heavily used corkboard, you can cover the cork with plain white paper to cover all the thumbtack holes.
  • If you’re using plain corkboard, use thumbtacks to attach the tree.

This post originally appeared on this blog on October 31, 2010 and has since been updated with new photos and crafting tips.

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