Thanksgiving is a great time of year to commemorate your kids handprints. They seem to make a natural turkey tail, the trick is finding a way to turn them child’s handprint into an adult centerpiece. A little spray paint is all it takes to turn something child-like into a elegant fall display.

You’ll Need:

Children’s hands

Gourds with turned ‘necks’

Silver spray paint

Colored card stock

Hammer + nails


1) Trace child’s hand print onto card stock and cut out several hand prints.

2) Spray paint gourd completely and let dry.

3) Poke a nail through the base of the handprints.

4) Pound nail into the blossom end of the gourd.

** If you are tracing the handprints of your own children, be sure to write their name on the bottom and the date.  Save for next year and compare.

Lifestyle maven Alexandra Hedin has been taking her know-how on cooking, decorating, and being the consummate hostess to the masses following the publication of her book Entertaining at Home. She’s a mom to three small kids and will be documenting the transformation of her new home into an expressions of her style on her blog.