November 4, 2010

Mayflower Thankfulness Boat {Tutorial + Giveaway}


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November is such an odd month for decorating, after the Halloween let-down. While I love scattering natural elements throughout the house, like mini gourds, pumpkins, acorns and leaves, sometimes I just feel like making something. With the theme of "thanks" that permeates this season, I decided to create a Thankfulness boat based on the Mayflower.
This is a great craft to do with kids, and it doesn't require much in way of materials, just a paper grocery bag, Scotch tape, copier paper, scissors, a skewer and crayons.
STEP ONE
Cut the bottom off of your paper bag. Save the rest of the bag for using later.
STEP TWO
You will now cut along the seams along the bottom of the bag, which will make the template for your boat.  It should look like this:
Since you don't want to see that label on the side of your boat (unless you want to paint it, then don't bother with the next step), you'll use this piece to trace this same shape onto a logo-free area on some other part of the bag. 
Trace and cut it out.  If you'd like to make more than one boat, you can trace more out of the bag.
  
STEP THREE
Time to fold the boat! Begin by folding it in half 
 Then fold the sides in, following the line where the angle meets the rectangle in the center.
Do the same on the other side so it looks like this:
 
STEP FOUR
Tape the edges closed.  Kids love this part, at least in my experience as an art teacher, they went crazy for tape and staplers.
Layer a few pieces, reinforcing the sides of the boat.  This would work equally well with Scotch Double-Sided tape too.
This would be the time to decorate the boat with crayons, if you wish. It's better to color it when flat.

Next, open up the boat. On the inside of it, flatten out the floor a bit. You might need to fold the inner ends, just to keep it open.
STEP FIVE
On to the sails.  Fold your piece of copier paper in half, 
and draw 2 half-sails, one small and one large.  They should be sized appropriately to your skewer so both will fit.  You can always trim them later to fit.
Cut out the sails
and write "Give" and "Thanks" on them. You could also use these as place cards and write guests' names on them instead.
Poke the skewer through the sails, and if you'd like, add a little colored flag on top.
STEP SIX
Assemble the boat. I filled mine with crinkly paper, but you could use cotton, reindeer moss, or just shredded paper.
Stick the sail into the boat.  For mine, the paper held it in place enough, but you may need to tape it to the bottom of the boat or stick it in a piece of play dough hidden beneath the filler.
I cut out some leaves from the extra paper and wrote some things I was thankful for on them.
This would be nice for kids to do on Thanksgiving, while waiting to eat.  Just cut out a bunch, leave out some crayons and markers, and let them have fun.
 
WIN IT!
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82 comments:

  1. Great tutorial!
    I would use the tape for preschool & sunday school crafts with my son!

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  2. Wow, thanks for showing me how....we are sooo making that!
    I would use my scotch tape to wrap gifts!!!! :O)

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  3. I'd use the tape for my Christmas cards. Is it bad to already be making them?

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  4. I use it to mount pictures and for sunday school class
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  5. tweet http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/346093736951808

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  6. blogged http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2010/11/super-cute-thanksgiving-craft-and.html

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  7. This is really cute! I would use the tape for my cards! It is so easy to use!

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  8. I will use my tape for making my homemade Christmas cards. My kids make their own Christmas cards as well...lots of rubber stamping and taping going on!

    I wanted to tell you that I love, love, love the paper Mayflower boat! It is absolutely adorable. When my kids get off the bus from school today, I will be showing them this craft...i know they will want to get started on it right away. What great decorations for our dining room! Thanks!

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  9. My favorite way to entertain the kids while I cook or make phone calls is to let them create with our art box. Having tape (especially double sided) is so much cleaner than glue--they make some pretty inspired things!
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  10. Hi Kathleen, just wanted to let you know, my kids and one of their friends all made these boats yesterday after school. They thought it was pretty cool. I loved how they turned out and I blogged about it and included a link to your blog in my post for your tutorial. Thanks again for the great idea.

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  11. My first usage would be to display photos on a wall without needing nailholes.

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  12. Will tweet for tape: http://twitter.com/#!/ky2here1/status/968566807465984

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  13. I love your Thanksgiving boat - it is so cute! I think I'll try a similar idea with my kids. I would use my double-sided tape in scrapbooking!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  14. I like to put a current photo in my Christmas cards every year - double-sided tape is the perfect may to place the picture exactly where I want it.
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  15. I would use it for scrapbooking and hanging posters on the wall.

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  16. Tweeted about this giveaway:
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  17. I'd use the tape for crafts, hanging pictures, everything.
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  18. to add snowflakkes to my grandsons packages mverno@roadrunner.com

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  19. We would do Fall crafty things and wrap some xmas presents. thanks

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  20. projects with the kids!
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  21. I would use the tape to attach photos to our Christmas cards.
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  22. I would use it for craft projects in my Kindergarten class.
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  23. That's ADORABLE!!!! Another awesome craft idea... :)

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  24. I would use double sided scotch tape for anything that came up, but wrapping gifts, that would sure look nicer.
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  25. Oh my goodness, this is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial - I'm definitely going to attempt this for our Thanksgiving table. :)

    And I would use the tape for preschool crafts with my daughter, probably. :) I've been making paper trees today and double-sided tape would have been awesome!

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  26. This is so beautiful! What a timely Thanksgiving craft. (I'm gonna feature this as a green craft on my blog, if you don't mind.)

    Oh, and while I'm here, I'll enter the giveaway. ;)

    I would use the double sided tape for paper dolls. I draw and color my own, and "laminate" them with contact paper. I like the removable dbl-sided tape for sticking their clothes to them. :) I use the permanent tape for more permanent projects, of course.

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  28. I will use it for xmas presents!
    Awesome contest! Thanks for entering me!
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  29. we use it in Sunday school for crafts and I use it for decorating presents

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  30. I would use them at our church for arts & crafts projects.

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  31. I would use it to make beautiful Christmas bows and for scrapbooking!

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  32. Apparently, I shared my love of all types of tape early in my daughters' lives. Never big believers in glue sticks they were convinced that anything could be created using tape. They learned the rolling of tape secret and taped "art" to their Lego creations. They are now adults but I still include a few rolls of fun tape in their Christmas stockings.

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  33. I added a link on my blog - www.poppylovesaparty.blogspot.com for the giveaway

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  34. What a great craft! I think I would use my double-sided tape for trying this out!

    My boys love crafts of all sorts and tape usually plays a huge part. Especially if it is their own creations.

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  35. I will use this for Xmas gift packaging.

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  36. http://twitter.com/#!/hminnesota/status/1656854895661056

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  37. I use double-sided tape all over the house (wardrobe emergencies, keeping throw rugs in place, etc.).

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  38. I like wrapping gifts with it, it looks cleaner.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  39. I would definitely put this tape to good use. Holiday wrapping is just around the corner.

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  40. I'm a little weird. I won't lick the back of an envelope, instead I tape them shut. I had a friend who worked at an envelope factory and the stuff that gets into the glue are so gross I don't wanna tell you about it. So don't LICK - TAPE.

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  41. We would use it for arts and craft projects!

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  42. I have 3 birthdays coming up and christmas, we will probably use the tape to wrap up gifts. thanks!
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  43. tweet http://twitter.com/amolino/status/2009299073110016

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  44. I'd use it for Christmas present wrapping
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  45. i, too, would wrap presents and hang xmas decorations and cards...

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  46. This tape will definitely get used for wrapping presents. Double-sided is great!

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  47. I do a lot of scrapbooking and cardmaking and would use it for that.

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  48. That is really clever!!! I'd use the tape for wrapping presents. They look so nice when you don't see the tape on the outside. Thanks!

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  49. I would use it to wrap gifts.

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  50. I would use it for wrapping Christmas gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  51. Tweet
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  52. I use it to put pictures and objects on the wall that I do not want to tape the front of

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  53. I would use my double sided tape in my sewing studio to easily hang patterns and inspirations on the walls. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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  54. Tweet

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  55. i would use it to win my son's art projects from school
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  56. this would be great for doing holiday crafts with the kids

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  57. I would use this for Christmas crafts and wrapping gifts
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  58. My son is stationed in South Korea for a year so we will be using LOTS of tape to wrap up packages.

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  59. I would use my tape to scrapbook christmas presents this year. this tape is great because there is no messy glue to contend with .. put it on the back of the pics place lightly and press when you are happy with your placement..absolutely the best product out there.

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  60. I would use it to make my Christmas cards.

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  61. would be using it for some christmas crafts with my kids!
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  62. I would like to use this tape for anything 'crafting' as I love my crafts
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  63. I would it for scrapbooking thanks for the giveaway
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  64. I would use it for making some christmas crafts with my kids.

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  65. I would use it for crafts for Christmas and give some to my duaghter for crafts for her kids to do with her. I would also use it to tape pictures in some old albums I have that need repair.


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  66. i would use it for wrapping Christmas presents and making crafts with the kids :)

    marci
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  67. I would use the tape for Christmas crafts with my daughter, suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  68. My Girl Scout Troop goes through crafts supplies like you wouldn't believe. We'd use double sided tape for so many things. It would really come in handy for our annual Genius Kits.

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  69. I would use it to wrap presents.

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  70. Would love to win this to use on difficult, maddening Christmas gifts this year, thanks!

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  71. Tweeted the giveaway here. http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/2540693020999680

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  72. I would put a roll of tape in every room of my house. Then I would not have to go searching for a tape roll when I need it
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  73. My three children could really use this for their art projects!!

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  74. I would use this tape to wrap presents!

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  75. I would use it for a craft or to wrap presents.
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