Make this adorable Thanksgiving craft using a recycled soda can. This soda can pilgrim woman would make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving decor – maybe as a part of your Thanksgiving centerpiece.
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- Soda can
- Black spray paint
- Flesh-colored craft paint (I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Satin Paint in Porcelain Doll)
- Paint brush
- Stiff black and brown craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- White and brown craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Tweezers (optional – for positioning small items)
- Pilgrim clothing templates (Be sure to print the template landscape)
Shape and paint the soda can
- Tear off the soda can tab.
- Rinse out the soda can.
- Gently crush and bend the cans so that the top of the can tilts forward and the bottom tilts back.
- Spray paint the entire can black (including the top and bottom), and let completely dry.
- When the black paint is dry, paint the top (face) of the soda can and the rim with the flesh-colored craft paint.
While the paint dries, cut out the pilgrim features
(You can design your own, or use my templates)
- Cut 2 arms out of stiff black felt.
- Cut 1 bonnet out of stiff brown felt.
- Cut 1 bonnet rim, 2 cuffs and 1 collar out of white felt.
- Cut 1 apron out of white craft felt (use pinking shears for an added embellishment).
- Cut 1 apron accent out of brown felt (use pinking shears for an added embellishment).
- Cut a 1 ¼” x 3” rectangle out of white felt.
Attach the features to the soda can
- Glue the brown apron accent in the center of the apron.
- Glue the white bonnet rim onto the brown bonnet.
- Glue the white cuffs to the ends of the arms.
- Glue the collar around the rim of the top (face) of the soda can.
- Glue the apron around the center of the can. You can tie the apron strings in the back if you like, just be sure to add a bit of glue to make sure it stays put.
- Glue the arms to the back of the soda can.
- Glue the eyes onto the top (face) of the can.
- Glue the bonnet onto the top rim of the top (face) of the can.
- Glue the rectangle of white felt to the back of the bonnet, and then to the back of the soda can (this piece of felt will give a little extra stability to the bonnet).
Be sure to make her husband, too!