Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create these quick-and-simple pilgrim salt & pepper shakers as the perfect finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table!


  • Salt & pepper shaker set with straight sides (available at Linens ‘n Things #398216-130814)
  • Canvas fabric
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Burnt Orange, Slate Grey, Warm White, Honey Brown, Toffee, Lamp Black Mississippi Mud
  • Antique metal eyelets, 1/8”, 16
  • Black mini brads, four
  • Ribbon scraps: orange/white, black/ivory stripe
  • Hemp cord, 24” length, two


  • Brown ink pad
  • Hole punches: 1/16”, 1/8”
  • Paintbrush
  • Sewing Machine and black thread
  • Eyelet setting tool
  • Sandpaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sponge scrap



Adjust size of canvas rectangles and pattern if needed. Canvas rectangle should cover most of straight sides of shaker, leaving 1/2” opening at side for lacing.


1. Cut two 2”x5-1/2” canvas rectangles. Paint both sides of rectangles Warm White; let dry.

2. Print and cut out pattern; transfer designs to rectangles, continuing lines across entire rectangle.

3. For girl, paint: top hair Honey Brown; face Toffee. For boy, paint: back of rectangles Mississippi Mud; hat band Lamp Black; buckle Antique Gold; remaining hat Mississippi Mud; hair Burnt Orange; face Toffee. Let dry.

4. Machine sew straight stitch around details and fabric rectangle edges.

5. Antique rectangle edges with brown ink, using dry sponge scrap.

6. Punch 1/16” holes at both ends of fabric rectangles as indicated by pattern; attach eyelets. Tie ribbons and sew to bottom of faces.

7. Wrap fabric rectangles around shakers. Lace hemp cord through eyelets, beginning at bottom and tie bow at top.

by Mary Ayres



Turkey Time

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Silk leaves make up this turkey’s colorful tail. Have the kids make a whole flock to decorate the Thanksgiving table.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls: 3”, two; 1-1/2”, one
  • Recycled aluminum can
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Silk oak leaves
  • Craft sticks, two
  • Candy corn, small amount
  • Raffia


  • Acrylic paints: gloss brown, yellow
  • Adhesives: low-temp glue gun and sticks, thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, skewer, paintbrush, toothpicks, scrap piece of foam, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Approximate Size: 8″x10″


Glue guns are hot and can burn. If using a low-temp glue gun, have the adult in charge handle the glue gun.


1. On covered work surface, paint recycled can glossy brown. Let dry.

2. Insert toothpicks into one 3” and 1-1/2” balls to use as handles while painting. Paint balls brown; let dry. (Note: Insert toothpicks into scrap piece of foam while paint dries.) Paint craft sticks yellow. Let dry.

3. To assemble turkey, apply glue to toothpick and insert into 1-1/2” ball (head); apply glue to other end of toothpick and attach head onto 3” ball (body). Insert and adhere craft sticks (legs) into bottom of body; position sticks toward back of body.

4. Position remaining 3” ball into can. Insert turkey legs into foam ball in can. Remove turkey, add glue to holes, and reinsert turkey.

5. Cut stems from silk leaves; insert leaves into back of turkey, creating fan-shaped tail. If needed, make small holes with pointed skewer; insert leaves. Spot glue to hold leaves in place. Insert one leaf on each side of turkey for wings. Adhere wiggle eyes and candy corn beak on face.

6. Wrap raffia around top of can; adhere in place. Tie 8” raffia length into bow. Adhere raffia bow on center. Adhere candy corn at random on can.

by Michelle LeSage for The Dow Chemical Co.
(www.CraftsnCoffee.com; www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Autumn Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Become your own personal florist – it’s easier than you think. Impress family and friends by making this beautiful autumn centerpiece this Thanksgiving season.


  • Dow STRYOFOAM Brand Foam Disc, 2″x8″
  • Silk autumn leaves bush
  • Silk mum and berry bush
  • Autumn fruit and gourd picks, three
  • Glass candleholder, 5-1⁄2″ diameter., 8″ tall
  • Spice-scented candle, 4″ tall
  • Glass floral beads, small bag
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue


  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors


Centerpiece Base

1. Cut foundation foliage to 8″ lengths. Dip ends in glue and insert into side of disc, facing to the right and rotating disc counter-clockwise as you insert foliage. Leave room in center of disc for placement of glass candleholder.

2. Cut flowers into 5″ lengths, dip ends in glue, and insert at various positions within foliage.

3. Dip pick ends in glue and insert at equal intervals throughout.

4. Let dry for two hours. Fluff foliage for a more natural look.


1. Gently place glass beads in bottom of candleholder.

2. Insert candle and place holder in center of base. (Note: Never leave lit candles unattended.)


Substitute the candleholder and candle with a jar candle. You’ll find so many great color and scents!

by Barb Sunderlage

Give Thanks Chalkboard

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


To make this Thanksgiving season truly special, ask family members to list a blessing on this chalkboard each day until the holiday arrives. Or, make several as placecards for the holiday meal.


  • Chalkboard, 5″x7″
  • Wooden items: beehive, 2″; tulip, 1″; sign, 2″; acorn, 1″; pre-stained easel, 6″
  • Glitter maple leaves
  • Assorted beads and spacers
  • Wire: brass, 20-gauge, 4′ length; black, 22-gauge, 4″ length


  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Empire Gold, Antique Gold, Moroccan Red, Terra Cotta, Raw Sienna, Spice Brown
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Powdered blush
  • Matte sealer
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drill with 1⁄16″ bit
  • Wood glue
  • Bead board (optional)

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, wire cutter, sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)





1. Use wood glue to glue tulip (head) to top of beehive (body). Drill hole in top of chalkboard frame and two holes in opposite sides of sign top.

2. Paint: frame and sign Empire Gold, shade Raw Sienna; acorn Raw Sienna; acorn cap Spice Brown with Antique Gold + Terra Cotta (3:1) brush strokes; turkey head and body Terra Cotta. Draw face as shown. Paint: beak Empire Gold; wattle Moroccan Red. Sand turkey until smooth and shade edges Spice Brown. Apply blush to cheeks. Dot eyes White and pupils Black. Apply sealer. Let dry. Use marker to add line details to turkey edges and to write sign lettering.

3. Use Fig. 1 as tail feather bending guide. Cut 3′ wire length. Working from center feather out to edges, thread beads as desired for a total of five tail sections. (Note: For easier beading, use a bead board to place bead combinations in desired order.) After each section is complete, twist wire to secure. Push feathers together and bend wire ends out at bottom for turkey’s feet (Fig. 2).

4. Use hot glue gun to glue leaves and acorn as desired to frame and turkey to tail. Adhere turkey to frame. Wrap remaining brass wire length around chalk several times and thread end through frame front; twist wire at back to secure. Attach beads to wire end. Thread black wire ends through sign holes and wrap each end around wire to secure.

Chalking in Thanks

The days fly by and the seasons change without a moment’s notice. In today’s busy world, taking a moment to sit back with loved ones and reflect upon all of life’s precious gifts is a priceless luxury. The holidays bring families closer together and heighten everyone’s appreciation for even the small things too often taken for granted. If you choose to create the placecards, ask each guest before the meal begins to write down at least one thing they’re thankful for this past year. Maybe someone overcame an illness, came home from patriotic duties, or was blessed with the birth of a new child. Even in the aftermath of personal and family hardships, take the time to try and find the day’s and future’s silver lining.

by Meggan Maravich