I’ve recently become fond of Mod Podge and cutting wood in a miter box. So this year I decided to make a Thanksgiving decoration that was educational, fun, and nearly indestructible. This was super easy and I finished it in just a few hours. The kids play with it all the time, and we enjoy reenacting the first thanksgiving. We use a pirate ship for the Mayflower, use dollhouses for the pilgrims, and make paper tee-pees for the Indians. It’s so much fun that I decided to share it.
Here’s how to make it:
You’ll need scrap wood and a way to cut it, sandpaper, paint (white and brown), paint brush, mod podge, printer or printed images, scissors.
1. Find some pilgrim/Indian images online. There are a bunch of cute ones that you have to pay for, but if you work hard you can probably find some free images. Here are my favorite that I have found:
2. Print the images you want, and measure them. I printed out two of everything so I could put the picture of the front and the back of the block. (My printer was acting up, so the colors were super light. I had to outline everything in sharpie.)
3. Cut the wood to size. Then sand it. Be sure to cut some extra wood to make a table. Two short rectangles for the legs and a super long rectangle for the table top.
4. Paint the wooden blocks white. Paint the table top and table legs brown. Allow everything to dry.
5. Cut out the images, and make sure they fit on the wooden blocks. Some of them were slightly too big so I had to trim them down. Then, glue the images onto the painted wood with a little bit of mod podge.