Tags: corn husk doll, inexpensive, mayflower, pilgrim hat, thanksgiving, thanksgiving craft
This is a craft I designed for the annual Thanksgiving celebration I participate in with our local homeschool group. 2 years ago our theme was explorers, and I thought the foam boats would be a fun craft and activity to float in gutters once they were made. I was searching for something really easy to put together, and inexpensive. Since I couldn’t find anything like that I designed my own, and was pleased with how well the boats floated due to the lightweight foam. For that activity I prepared kits in bags containing all the pieces each child would need since we had ~100 participants, but for an individual child or small group of kids you don’t really need to do that.
I used a cut up foam pool float for the inside thick foam to attach the sail to – a pool noodle from the dollar store would work equally well – you just need something to stab the mast (a bamboo skewer) into that is lightweight and can be taped into the bottom of the boat – any kind of styrofoam would work. The float I found was pink, so I spray painted it brown to match the foam I used, but you could cover it with matching foam if you would like to. Since I was making 100 kits I decided spray paint would be much easier, and faster.
You can download the free .pdf pattern to make your own here: mayflower craft
From previous years I also have a tutorial to make your own cornhusk doll:
And directions to make a paper pilgrim’s hat: