A hand print wreath with fall colors that is a great craft to kids to make to remind them to be thankful throughout the month of November.
The kids and I always do some sort of “Thankful” or “Thanksgiving” project every year. We started with Thanksgiving trees many years ago and we used hand prints for the leaves and I loved it. Last year, I wanted to do something different, so we made thankful jars. And dropped acorns in every day and said what we were thankful for.
But of course, this year I had to do something different! I love changing it up. One day when I was scrolling through Pinterest, I saw a wreath made of hand prints and I knew that was what I wanted to do!! So that’s what we’ve chosen to do this year but a little bit different than the original project I saw (which of course I forgot to pin and can’t find anymore!).
This was a whole family projects as my mom helped with the cutting since there is so much!
We Are Thankful Hand Print Wreath
What you need:
– one poster board, any color
– construction paper in fall colors (I used brown, red, yellow, and orange)
How to Make It:
Draw a large circle on your poster board; I made it as big as possible. Then draw one a couple inches smaller all the wall around. Cut this out, you will be left with a circle about 3 inches wide for your large wreath. Do this again and make a smaller wreath circle. You don’t have to be too precise since the “leaves” will cover this. (See Picture below)
Take the leftover inner circle and cut a smaller circle, again you can pretty much make this the size you want but this was will actually soon so use a bowl if you need to. Then I gave my younger two (3yrs and 4yrs) red, yellow, and orange markers and let them color this all in. We then wrote “We are Thankful” in brown marker over the top of their coloring.
Trace every child’s hand. I made 16 hands for each child, since I have 4 children and figured that would fill up the wreath and it did. Cut out all the hands. You can enlist older children to help with this or your mother or whoever since it’s a lot of cutting (but I did cut through 4 pages at once, so that cuts down on the cutting).
Attach the circles to each other with ribbon and tape. And make a ribbon loop at the top for hanging.
Now you can go ahead and tape or glue all the hand to the wreath and just write what you are thankful for each day on the wreath (or write them all at once, that would be great too) or you can add the hands gradually as they kids write the things they are thankful for!
We had a lot of fun making this wreath! I hope you try it out and have fun too!
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