Thanksgiving can also get lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas.  Today we have a super easy and fun craft to do with the kids that can be kept as a keepsake or given as a sweet gift when you visit family for turkey day. diy giving plate

This is a really inexpensive project.  All you need are 2 plates that can be purchased at the Dollar Store and a set of metallic Sharpies.  Because of the metal, we recommend not using these in the microwave.

All you're going to do is trace the child's hand, then let the child decorate like a turkey.  Let them add their own doodles and designs to make the plate their own or an adult can write The Giving Plate with the child's name and the year.  You can also add a quote about what they're thankful for this year if you'd like.

Bake plates in the oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes to seal in the artwork.  It may still not be 100% dishwasher safe so hand washing is recommended.

the giving plate set

As we've seen before, my children are not minimalists and like to go a little overboard with decorating sometimes.  You can keep it more simple, then add your favorite fall baked goods like pumpkin spice truffles and bring it to grandma's house on Thanksgiving.  Or have all of the supplies on hand for the number of children that will be at your Thanksgiving celebration and let each child make their own giving plates as a craft project.

the giving plate

You can see even more great Thanksgiving ideas on our Pinterest page!

Thanks to our awesome babysitter, Lisa, who did this project with my girls as a surprise last weekend!


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