Blog Swap with One Artsy Mama: Turkey Placecards

I so excited today to be doing a blog swap with One Artsy Mama.  What's a blog swap?  Basically, Amy from One Artsy Mama, is posting her today and I will be posting a Fall Tree craft over at her blog.  So you get 2 fun ideas for the price of 1.  

If you are unfamiliar with One Artsy Mama, let me tell you a little bit about what goes on there. Amy is one creative lady and has super ideas for kid and mom crafts, food and everything you need to make your life a little more fun.  Read on and then visit her.  I know you will love her stuff as much as I do! 

Hi!  I'm Amy, aka, One Artsy Mama.  I'm so excited to be guest posting here at Mess For Less today!  Thanks, Vicky, for sharing some space on your fabulous blog with me!  Let's see...a little about me: I've been married to my best friend and dance partner for almost 10 years,

 and we have an adorable 3 year old {my "Little Crafter"} who keeps me on my toes!

I love all things artsy-craftsy: sewing, jewelry-making, painting, graphic name it, I enjoy it!  I'm happiest when I'm creating something, and one of the best things of all is when I can share that with my son.  He's inherited the crafty gene and we have lots of fun making things together, especially around the holidays.  Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I'd share a cute kiddo craft today that you can make for your Turkey-Day table.

I looove doing things with handprints; Little Crafter thinks it's hysterical to have his hand traced, and I like how it documents his growth.  Last year was our first time hosting our families for Thanksgiving, so we took the opportunity to make some special handprint turkey placecards.  Here's how we did it:


Materials: white cardstock, washable paint in fall colors, scissors, construction paper, fine point marker, tape, paintbrushes

STEP 1: We traced Little Crafter's handprint onto the white cardstock and I added beaks, eyes, and whatever you call the little hangy-down-thingy turkeys have.

STEP 2: I turned him loose with red, orange, yellow, and brown paint.

STEP 3: Once the paint dried, I cut the turkeys out.

STEP 4: I wrote each person's name {according to Little Crafter} on yellow construction paper and he helped me glue them onto the turkeys' tummies.

STEP 4: We rolled up strips of construction paper and taped them to the turkeys to make them stand up. {sorry I don't have a pic of that}

They were a fabulous addition to our festive table!  The grandparents and great-grandparents loooved them.

 ...and a certain little someone was VERY proud of himself!

We also traced his handprint about a million times onto colored cardstock and glued them all to a paper plate to make a festive holiday wreath.

This season is my favorite time of year!  It means so many fun things for our family.  How do you celebrate the Holidays in your home?  I'd love for you to stop by and visit at One Artsy Mama and see more of our traditions, crafts, decorations, and activities!  Thanks so much for letting me share these ideas with you, and to Vicky for holding down the fort on my blog today too; be sure you visit her there!

Happy Crafting!



  1. Def. will check her blog out.

  2. PAPS, I think you will love her blog! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh, I absolutely love both ideas! I've been doing some hand print crafts with both my little ones, and having so much fun!

  4. Cute! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  5. Adorable! I think this would be great for this Thanksgiving. :)

  6. Love them!! Thank you for sharing at Crafty Moms Share's Sharing Saturday!

  7. This is great, I love these ideas for Thanksgiving! Love the wreath.

    Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!

  8. Oh, I just love Thanksgiving, your turkey place cards are so fun! I am hosting a Turkey SHow Off party on my blog Friday, and would love for you to join!


  9. That turned out beautiful! What fun blog swapping- great idea there too! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  10. Wonderful ideas here. I love artsy momma. I really liked the fall hand wreath. I need to do that but with Christmas colors now that it is almost Christmas! Thanks for sharing on monday madness.

  11. What a cute placecard. I love both of your blogs by the way. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  12. What a cute placecard. You have such a cute blog.. I found you on the link parties. I am your newest follower.. If you would like to check out my blog to that would be so great, and follow me back and facebook too. I will be doing free giveaways here shortly on clothing and mineral makeup :)