Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Thanksgiving Crafts


Stand-Up Pilgrims
Pilgrims make an appearance at your Thanksgiving celebration.
Pilgrims make an appearance at your Thanksgiving celebration.

This Thanksgiving, put these stand-up pilgrims all around the house in surprising places.

What You'll Need:

  • Stiff cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Felt
  • Glue

Who's that standing on top of the television? Who's hiding behind the sugar bowl? Is there someone standing next to the faucet of the kitchen sink? Why, they're pilgrims! And they seem to be standing around all over the house!

Make lots of these cutout figures, and place them in your home to create a thankful Thanksgiving mood.

For each pilgrim, draw a 6- to 8-inch-high person. At the bottom of each figure, draw a rectangular base a little wider than the person's body.

Draw on hats, breeches, buckled shoes, and long dresses such as the pilgrims wore. You could also cut out the pilgrims' clothes from felt and glue them onto your figure.

Then cut out your pilgrim with its rectangular base attached. Cut a vertical slit in the bottom center of the rectangular base. Then cut out another same-sized rectangle from cardboard, make a vertical slit in the middle

of the top, and insert it into the other slit to make a cross-shaped base.

Now, who's that standing around? Why, it's Miles Standish!

Yams are a traditional food at Thanksgiving. But did you know that they can also be used in a neat craft? They can -- find out how, next.

For more kids' crafts and fun activities, see:


More to Explore