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DIY Thankful Turkey Journal Project

Thankful Turkey Journal Pop Up Handprint Turkey

A couple years ago, I decided to make a handprint turkey with my son and nieces. I wanted the turkey to look like praying hands; it turned out really cute and the kids had so much fun! I decided to make it again this year with my oldest son, but I changed it up a bit. Instead of just having the hands, I decided to make it a journal.

This journal is a great way to teach your children to be thankful. Your child(ren) will have the opportunity to come up with 10 things he/she is thankful for, draw those things, and see a fun “praying hands” turkey pop up in the middle!

What You Need

  • 2 sheets of brown construction paper
  • 4 sheets of white construction paper
  • 1 piece of orange construction paper
  • 1 piece of red construction paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Staples
  • Markers
  • Crayons


1. Trace your child’s hands on a piece of brown construction paper; leave some extra space for the wrists as this will be used to attach the turkey to the paper later. Since it’s hard to get the hands to line up right, I just traced one hand then traced that print to use for the other side.

Thankful Turkey Journal Handprints

2. Cut out the handprints carefully.

Thankful Turkey Journal Handprints Cut Out

3. Cut out a small beak from the orange and snood from the red paper. Glue them onto the thumb of one hand.

Thankful Turkey Journal Beak

4. Put glue on the tips of each finger then place the second hand on top, fingers matched up, to create “praying hands.”

Thankful Turkey Journal Completed Handprint

5. Glue a googly eye on each side of the thumb to give the turkey eyes.

Thankful Turkey Journal Googly Eyes

6. While the glue on the eyes dries, create the journal. Fold all the white sheets and the brown sheet in half then cut down the white sheets to be a little smaller than the brown sheet.

Thankful Turkey Journal Pages

7. Glue one sheet onto the inside of the brown folded sheet.

Thankful Turkey Journal Glue Pages

8. Carefully staple the rest of the sheets into middle of the book. I gently folded the pages in and stapled from the outside since my stapler is very small. Keep the flat side of the staple on the outside so it does not scratch fingers when your child reads the book.

Thankful Turkey Journal Stapling Pages to Binding

9. Back to the turkey–Fold the area by the wrists out then glue each side to the middle of the book. Leave about 1 1/2-2 inches in the center so the turkey looks like it is standing when the book is opened and make sure each side is even.

Thankful Turkey Journal Praying Hands Turkey

10. Number the pages 1-10, leaving the two pages glued to the brown unnumbered as well as the center pages with the turkey. I also wrote “Thank you God for Everything” on the pages with the turkey.

Thankful Turkey Journal What I'm Thankful For

11. Ask your child to list of 10 things he/she is thankful for and write them on each of the pages.

Thankful Turkey Journal Drawing Pages

12. Let your child draw each of the things he/she listed on the corresponding page. You can start this Thanksgiving night and do it all at once or do one a night from Thanksgiving until the following week to continue the thankfulness!

Thankful Turkey JournalThankful Turkey Journal with Pop Up Praying Turkey

-What are you thankful for? Be sure to take pictures and share them on my Facebook page!


  1. That is awesome!!!

  2. What an awesome project! This is a great thing to do with your child at home for Thanksgiving week, and it would even make a great project to do in a classroom. I really like how you thought of every detail, even where to put the staple, so the child won’t get hurt on it. Great job!

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