So if you’re anything like me (lame), you didn’t go on Pinterest a month ago, look for Thanksgiving decorations, and use a variety of multi-media projects to make Turkey day look like some Norman Rockwell-esque picture out of Martha Stewart magazine. No, you got to Tuesday, or maybe even Thursday, and said, “Oh crap, it sure would be good to do something Thanksgiving-y. Ummmm…”
Lucky for you, I have a really crafty brother-in-law (read “gay and would be working for Martha if he weren’t a doctor”). All you need to rescue Thanksgiving is:
- 18×12 inch construction paper — at the minimum black, brown, yellow, orange, and white.
- Some type of root vegetable (or whatever) — we used parsnips, but really you could do this with anything.
- Straight pins
- Peppercorns (or, worst case scenario, black marker)
Super-Cute Pilgram Hats
- Fold a piece of 18×12 inch paper along the long side, about a fourth of the way up.
- On the corners with the folds, make holes and tie ribbon — thicker and softer is better.
- On the opposite long side, make two cuts. Go about a fourth of the way down, and make the cuts so that the center section is just a bit smaller than the two side sections.
- Bend the middle flap the opposite direction of the first fold
- Bring the top edges of the other flaps toward each other.
Native American Headbands
Do I really even need to explain this one?
- Cut strips of brown paper — 1 to 2 inches wide.
- Measure so it fits around head snuggly and tape. Sometimes you’ll need to stick several together.
- Cut out feathers from various colored paper.
- Cut “fringe” into the sides of the feathers.
- Tape to headband.
So you thought you needed gourds, pumpkins, or fancy vegetables to make your table nice? Pfft.
- Decide what you want to decorate. We did parsnips, but you could stick these little pilgrim hats on just about anything.
- Cut a little circle of black paper with a hole in the center — this will be the brim. Make the center hole big enough so the parsnip will fit through it.
- Cut a strip of black paper, about an inch wide. Make it into a cylinder that’s slightly wider than the center hole. Tape.
- Wrap a smaller strip of white paper around the bottom. Tape.
- Cut a small square (slightly wider than the white strip) out of yellow paper and draw a black square in the middle of it. Tape it to the white strip.
- Put the circle on first and then the cylinder. Voila! Hat.
- Cut a strip of black paper, wrap it around the parsnip, and secure it with a pin so the ends cross in the front.
- Make eyes with pepper corns.
I am sorry to report that after we stripped out founding root vegetables of their Puritan garb, they showed a deeper, more sinister side of their personalities. It’s always disturbing to find out the dark truth about historical events. All I can suggest is, maybe try this with sweet potatoes instead?
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!