The centerpiece is pretty simple - a drink carton covered with strips of brown paper bag to represent the ship. Mini Me is kind of hit-and-miss with art projects these days and this one required some "wait" time between steps so it was a good fit for him. Plus, our Thanksgiving book sparked his interest and all weekend he talked about the "Mayflower ship in full sail", quoting a line from the book.
Our supplies for the Mayflower centerpiece:
A washed and empty 1/2 gallon carton with one long side cut off
A paper bag
Water and white glue to make a paste
The Very First Thanksgiving Day book
First, we looked through the book at all the pictures of the Mayflower.
Next, we cut the paper bag into various sizes of strips. Mini Me did most of this on his own.
We made a glue paste of four parts water and 1 part white glue. I guesstimated the glue part and it still turned out okay!
Mini Me stirred the glue paste.
We dipped the strips in the paste and placed them on the carton. It wasn't really even messy!
Our next job was crafting the sails. I helped Mini Me draw squares on white paper.
He cut the squares out. He wanted five sails, like the picture in the book.
He added lines of glue to each sail.
Then he stuck a white straw on the sails. We'll place those on the ship later.
I had a small handful of acorn tops and pumpkin seeds saved for a project and we decided to use them to decorate our Mayflower. To make it easier, I attached double stick tape to the acorns and seeds, then the kids simply had to stick them on the ship wherever they wanted. Little Lady helped with this step!
Next, we had to paint our Mayflower and everyone joined in. We decided to let historical accuracy slide a bit and painted it all kinds of lovely colors!
We put some lumps of our homemade play dough in the bottom and stuck our straw masts in. I love our little Mayflower!
This will be our Thanksgiving centerpiece and I plan on using some turkey hand print crafts we'll make as part of a "what we're thankful for" game for everyone at the table.