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It's Smooth Sailing with this Thanksgiving Day Craft

There are a lot of fun facts surrounding Thanksgiving and we've got an historic Thanksgiving Day craft for you! It's "ships ahoy" as we build an easy replica of "the Mayflower". All it takes is some empty boxes, a bit of creativity and you've got yourselves a great holiday decoration that the kids can play with, too!

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Thanksgiving Day Craft

This craft is extremely easy to make. Let's take a look at what you'll need:


  • One small cardboard box
  • Two additional pieces of cardboard
  • Four empty cereal boxes
  • Three skewers
  • Two small plastic containers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot glue gun (adult supervision, please)
  • Masking tape
  • Stapler
  • Filling for the ship, to hold the skewers in place. We put in two containers of plant filler. You could also use pebbles, clay or playdough.
  • Our Pilgrim finger puppets

    Thanksgiving Day Crafts


    1. Take the small cardboard box and tuck the flaps in.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    2. From your cardboard pieces, cut out the sides of the ship. Use our pictures for reference.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    3. With the hot glue gun, glue these pieces to each long side of the cardboard box. This is your ship's body.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    4. Dismantle a cereal box. Use the front and back pieces to cut out the sails of the ship. You'll need four sails.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    5. Take two skewers, and poke two sail pieces through each one. Leave a little room at the top for the flags.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    6. We'll need to make the sails taller so cut the third skewer in half. With the masking tape, tape one half to the bottom of one sail and the second half to the second sail.

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    7. Fill two small plastic containers with pebbles, sand, playdough or some other filling and place inside the ship (box).

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    8. Stick your sails into the filling and place our Pilgrim finger puppets inside the plastic containers on top of the filling. Make small flags to put on the top of your sails and write the name "Mayflower" on the side of your ship!

    Thanksgiving Day Craft

    That's it! This Thanksgiving Day craft makes a great centerpiece for your holiday table and will teach your kids something about the origins of Thanksgiving!

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