I say this every year, but some of the best parts of any holiday season for me is making crafts with the kids. It’s a fun tradition for all, but they also enjoy seeing their creations on display in our home.
It’s been a challenge to find crafts that everyone is capable of doing. My 9-year-old wants to tackle anything I’m making so she’s slowly growing out of the handprint craft phase. 😭
This year, we took our leftover pumpkin and used it to write down what we are thankful for. In the past, we have done a Thankful Jar and a Thankful Tree. This is very similar to that, except this time, we used a pumpkin.
All you need is a permanent marker for this! You can either fill it out in one sitting, OR, take the days leading up to Thanksgiving to have everybody write one thing on the pumpkin they are thankful for each day. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this could be great to leave out for your guests. Everyone could write one thing and then you’d have a nice centerpiece to look at.
I’m hoping by next week that our pumpkin is FULL of words, but for now, this is what we started with.
Paper Cup Pilgrim Hat Holders
This year we are having Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. And while she has some toys for them to play with, I did want them to have some options at the dinner table.
My mom found an awesome disposable table cloth that has Thanksgiving word searches, puzzles etc. on it so I thought displaying their crayons in a festive way could be fun. Look how cute these pilgrim hats are!
- Black 9 oz. paper party cups
- Black construction paper or cardstock
- Yellow construction paper or cardstock
First, cut 4 inch circles using the black construction paper. The number of circles will depend on how many holders you plan to make.
Then, cut 1 inch squares using the yellow construction paper or cardstock. After you have the squares, gently fold them in half so you can snip out a smaller square or rectangle. This is so it looks like the buckle on the hat.
Then, turn your cup upside down and cut the bottom part of it out. I first started by making an X, then used scissors to snip out the pieces. This does not need to be perfect! You just need enough room for your crayons or pencils.
After that, squeeze glue around the rim of the cup. Then tip your cup onto the circle. Your cup is upside down at this point. Center it so it looks like a hat.
Glue your buckle near the rim of the cup as seen in my photo above.
Let the Paper Cup Pilgrim Holder dry completely before filling.
I think you could also fill these with plastic flatware, veggie sticks or paper straws. They’d look adorable anywhere on your tablescape. But, for us, they’ll be at each child’s seat filled with crayons!
To be honest, they’re pretty cute with nothing in them, too!
How do your kids keep busy during a long meal?