Thursday, November 10

Tutorial: Thanksgiving Ship Centerpiece

With Thanksgiving approaching quickly, it's time to start thinking about menus and how to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner table. And guess who is usually forgotten at Thanksgiving.... the kids! While the adults are laughing it up at the "big people" table, the kids are relegated to some lonely, small, old beat up card table in a dark corner somewhere WAY away from the everyone else. Poor little things!

How are we ever going to instill that "attitude of gratitude" in them if we don't make Thanksgiving fun? Well, now we can!! I'm on a mission to change the dreaded "kids table" and make it something really special -- a place even the adults would like to sit!

With that in mind, I designed a super sweet and FREE Thanksgiving Kids' Table printable set. Yes, free! Just download the files, print them onto photo paper and with a glue gun and no time at all, you can whip up a table like this for the kids.

Today, I'll show you how to make the centerpiece -- a little twist on the Mayflower. (Keep this one handy for a pirate party, too!)


First, the materials. Here's what you'll need to gather up. And, by the way, I didn't even go to the store before doing this table. I looked around, used what I had and just made it work. You can do the same -- be creative!

-- 1 or 2 woven placemats from the Dollar Tree
-- Hot glue and hot glue gun
-- scissors
-- 3 small diameter dowel rods
-- 3 large ship sails from Shindig's FREE Thanksgiving Printables set
-- hole punch
-- small pieces of styrofoam or florist foam
-- small containers like terra cotta pots, pails, or boxes
-- shredded paper gift bag filler

Step 1: Making the ship base. Take a placemat and cut your two ship pieces from it across it's length. Make the ends approximately 2 inches higher than the middle, which should be about 5 1/2" in the center, 7 1/2" high on the ends.
Step 2: Glue your ship pieces together. Take one ship piece and hot glue it tall the way down one of it's sides. Take your other ship piece, place it on top of the glue and press down to secure. Only glue the sides of your ship pieces. Repeat for the other side of the ship.
Step 3: Securing your ship sails. Now that your ship is glued on each side, open the ship pieces and place any small containers like pots, pails or boxes inside as shown above. Now cut a small piece of styofoam or florist foam to place inside of the pots. These will be anchors for your ship sail dowels. (If you don't have styrofoam or florist foam, playdough or clay make work as anchors, too.)

Cut 3 dowels to 20" in length. Next, print and cut 3 large ship sails from the FREE Thanksgiving kids' table set. Punch a hole in each in the center of the top and the bottom and thread a small dowel through. Insert the dowel into your styrofoam, and repeat for the other 2 ship sails.

Step 4: Making it pretty. It's coming together now - you're almost done!

One last little step - take some shredded gift bag filler (I used yellow) and cover up all of the messy looking stuff on the inside of your boat.
That's it -- wasn't that easy??

And this is what you get!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's tutorial on how to make the small ship cupcake or muffin wraps and sails. And I'll also tell you how to make that cute little pinecone turkey crayon holder.

Have a great day today!


Kirsten said...

So adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Thsnk you so much!! I am hosting a Thanksgiving potluck next week and this will be perfect for the kids tables!! Adorable!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Nancy said...

Thank you for this adorable set ... I was trying to download but I continue to be prompted to pay via Scribd as this file is the Archive. I was able to download your Thankful tag but not the kids set. I was just wondering if it's me or if anyone else has had this problem. Thank you!!