Saturday, October 8, 2011
Crafting with my kids: Thanksgiving Tall ship from a cardboard produce basket
I loved the Pottery Barn-inspired Mayflower ships that I saw in blogland last year( e.g. Pink Peony, Gwenny Penny, Stories of A to Z) and wanted to create one with my girls. We used the last of our cardboard peach baskets.
Remove the wooden handle and get the little hands painting the basket brown.
After the cardboard dries, cut out a semi-circle on each side of the basket to make it look more like a boat. I fitted the bottom of the boat with a piece of styrofoam covered with landscape burlap.
I created the masts from scrap drapery lining (they are sewn). They measure finished about 6 X 9 inches. There are casings on the top and bottom for wooden skewers and they are supported upright by large wooden skewers. The masts are then hot glued to the upright skewers.
This was such a fun project and we continued our discussion about exploration that started back in July.
We are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. It looks like it will be 24 degrees Celsius. We may be able to enjoy our Turkey outdoors!