Begin a Thanksgiving tradition that will produce a valuable keepsake for holidays to come.
Start a new family tradition with a Thankful Hands table covering. Begin with a plain tablecloth or individual placemats. Every year, the members of your family will help decorate the keepsake(s) with a painted handprint labeled with their name and a sentence stating what they are thankful for that year. You will love having a record of your child’s growth year by year and reminders of what she gave thanks for in years past.
We hope this activity will produce a valuable family treasure that is full of memories.
If you're like me and can't stand the thought of bringing out fabric paints when your children are dressed in their best, consider making the handprints before Thanksgiving Day arrives. Making the prints in advance prevents messes on an already busy day. (Remember that fabric paint is made to stick to fabric.)
For guests that may be coming, make leaf prints on your table covering in advance using different fallen leaves that you paint and press on to the cloth. Ask them to sign your cloth ‘guestbook’ with the fabric marker.
A cleaner, but less colorful and less fun, alternative is to trace the outline of hands with the fabric marker rather than print with paint. The outline can be painted in later if desired.