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DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

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Create a fun Thanksgiving table runner that is a special thing to pull out every year!
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I think it is so fun to watch the hand prints get bigger through the years.
  • diy thanksgiving table runner, crafts, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
I took an old creme table runner from Ikea. It had a few stains, so what a perfect way to cover up those stains with some cute hand prints! You can use any light colored, solid table runner as your base.
  • diy thanksgiving table runner, crafts, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
I then got some bright colored fabric paint at my local craft store. I used a brush and painted it directly onto my kids hands. I then quickly pressed their hand onto my table runner. Note: baby wipes are helpful to have on hand to quickly wipe the kids hands off, before they get up and you have "turkeys" other places in your home.
I then embellished the hand prints to look like turkeys. We have now done this for enough years, where the kids embellish the turkeys on their own. I let the kids choose their favorite color for the turkey. It's fun to watch the kids' colors changes through the years as we add more turkeys every year. It is also fun to see how their hand writing changes as well.
This is one of my favorite items to see my kids grow. It's grown into a fun tradition! Enjoy! Come check out another fun turkey craft we have done by clicking the link.

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Nov 22, 2012

    What a great idea. That is sure to become a family heirloom.

  • Alice Hanson
    Alice Hanson Fort Worth, TX
    on Nov 24, 2012

    Love that.

  • Carol L
    Carol L Moores Hill, IN
    on Aug 21, 2013

    Thank you for sharing @Erica D. What a wonderful idea!

  • Small Talk Mama
    Small Talk Mama Kansas City, MO
    on Aug 27, 2013

    What a wonderful tradition. I read an article a year or so ago about an antique tablecloth that had been autographed by all folks, family and visitors, breaking bread in a certain household. It became a coveted heirloom.

  • Diane
    Diane Ione, CA
    on Sep 3, 2013

    I have nineteen grandchildren. Some live a distance away. I am thinking as we visit each family from afar, we can add the turkeys with the dates. It will be a hoot!!! Thank you for your share.

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