This precious little craft is perfect for children ages 4 and above.
9″ paper plate
Acrylic paint: goldenrod, brown, yellow, orange, green, red, white and black
Felt in fall colors, cut into 1″ squares
How to make it:
Place paper plate on work surface upside down and write the child’s name and the date. Turn the plate right side up. Paint entire plate with goldenrod color and set aside to dry.
Meanwhile, cut felt into 1″ pieces. Use several fall colors, such as red, brown, orange, tan, gold and cream.
Have all of your paint colors handy and a separate paintbrush for each color. Paint your child’s palm and thumb with a generous amount of brown paint. Working quickly so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry, paint each of your child’s four fingers with red, green, orange and yellow.
Have your child gently place their handprint in the center of the paper plate (you’ll need to help the younger ones, Mom). Gently press down on their hand and each individual finger to ensure a good distribution of paint.
Have them lift their hand directly up into the air so as not to smear any of the colors.
Use a paintbrush to add a red gobbler and an orange beak. Let dry.
While the paint is drying you can glue on the pieces for the frame. Pipe glue around the outside edge of the plate and press the felt squares onto the glue, overlapping the outside of the plate. Alternate the colors to create a pattern.
Use black marker to draw legs and feet.
Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to add a dot for the eye, let dry. Once dry, use a toothpick to dot on the black.