“Hand”some Thanksgiving Invitations

Thanksgiving Invitations

Gimme a hand with this turkey! Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for celebrating family and sharing special projects that celebrate the season of harvest. It’s not too late to add a festive flair to your Thanksgiving gathering with some paper goods. We used these invitations at a Thanksgiving day gathering a few years ago (so if you show up at the address printed above, you’ll be sadly disappointed). At the time, I was looking for a clever twist to incorporate into modern, budget-friendly invitations. The palette of grey, gold, and white is one I continue to lean on for this time of year. (Hint: you might see this very color scheme making an encore on my table in a few days!) I was able to use paper I had on hand and only shelled out about $2 for decorative brads. Hopefully you’ll be able to use this idea with your own stash of paper and craft items. Like most projects I enjoy, this one has endless possibilities for customization.

Handsome Turkey Thanksgiving Invitations

Ask your child to lend you their hand making these turkey-themed Thanksgiving invitations. Everyone has made a hand-shaped turkey art project at some point in his childhood and this iconic bird’s simple silhouette takes center stage as a charming but sophisticated embellishment for your Thanksgiving invitations adults and children alike will enjoy.

You Need:

  • White cardstock paper – (textured paper looks great)
  • White computer paper
  • Colored cardstock paper – (pick a fun fall color!)
  • Pencil, scissors
  • All-in-one printer or photocopier
  • Small single hole-punch
  • Decorative brads

What to Do:

  1. Handwrite or use a computer to print your invitations on white cardstock. Use bright, autumnal ink to make your words pop. If necessary, cut your invitations down to size. The example invitations are 5.5” by 8.5”.
  2. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of white computer paper. With your copier or all-in-one printer, copy the hand tracing at a reduced size (At 10-25% of the size of the original, depending on the size of your child’s hand) onto the colored cardstock and tile the image so that multiples of your hand tracing fill the page.
  3. With your scissors, cut out each hand from the colored cardstock.
  4. Punch a single hole in the top of each invitation and in the center of each hand. Position the hand sideways to mimic the shape of a turkey and use a decorative brad to secure one hand to each invitation.
  5. Share with your Thanksgiving guests!

Tips: Repeat this process to embellish all of your Thanksgiving table decorations with “hand”-some turkeys. Embellish menus, paper napkin rings, and more!

Green Tip: Instead of printing the hands onto letter-sized cardstock in Step 2, create a single hand template and trace onto colorful magazine pages, printed envelopes, or an old greeting card for a recycled, one-of-a-kind accent.

Shortcut: You can find a small, hand-shaped paper punch at many craft stores. I just saw one at Joann Fabrics today! Use a punch to skip step 2.


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