I have one final Thanksgiving craft to share and I love how it turned out! It’s the Mayflower made of a milk carton! What you need is an empty half-gallon milk carton, craft sticks (I used jumbo craft sticks given to me by Craft Project Ideas.), 2 milkshake straws, white paper, glue and tape.
To start, cut one side off of the milk carton. Then all you need to do is apply glue to the sides and attach the craft sticks. Easy peasy!
Caden is a pro with glue now, and enjoyed squirting the glue all over the milk carton. Then he stuck the craft sticks on to the sides of the milk carton.
This project was a collaborative effort. I helped Caden to fit the craft sticks so it covered the sides of the milk carton. An older child would enjoy making this milk carton Mayflower without any help.
Then when you have one side covered, turn it over and cover the other side with glue and craft sticks. I also covered the ends of the milk carton with craft sticks.
When Caden got tired of crafting, he went off and played while I finished covering all the sides of the milk carton. I had to break some of the craft sticks in half so I could cover the full length of the carton. I guess it’s not a big deal, but I really wanted all the milk carton covered! (Type A much?) And here is the finished product! (I know, I know process over product. ;))
To add the sails I taped the straws down inside the milk carton. The sails are cut from white paper and slipped over the straws with two little slits cut at the top and bottom of the sails.
This would be a great project to make while learning all about the Pilgrims and their trip to the New World on the Mayflower. Caden is a little too young to really understand the story but we read some books about the first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. Here are a few of the books we read:
- The First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed
- Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons
- The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
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