After sewing all week, I needed something other than sewing to work on. This did it!
This is my annual Thanksgiving craft. I tend to make these about 10 at a time because they are pretty quick and make a great gift.
I think the teachers at my daughters’ school basically expect this when they have one of my girls in their classes. A little pressure for me, but…
The best was the year the girls were in Kindergarten. They had the same teacher but one went in the morning and one went in the afternoon. One daughter took the boy pilgrim and one took the girl pilgrim so I only had to make one set for the teacher, but managed to make it into 2 gifts. No such luck in subsequent years!
1/2 inch wood
Pilgrim pattern (HERE)
Paint (black, off-white or cream, pink, dark yellow, brown, flesh)
small paint brush
Silver Sharpie marker
Ultra fine point black Sharpie pen
cotton swabs (Q-tips)
Mod Podge – glossy
1/8 inch (3mm) black satin ribbon
hot glue gun
Trace pattern onto wood. Cut out with a scroll saw. Sand the edges smooth.
Use a pencil to lightly draw the inside lines from the pattern (the collars, faces, hats and cuffs). Paint the face and hands with the flesh colored paint. Be sure to paint the whole hand on the sides and back as well. Let dry completely.
Paint the collar, girl’s cap and cuffs with off-white. Paint the cap and cuffs on the sides and back. Let dry completely.
Paint everything else black including the back and the bottom. Let dry completely.
Use a black ultra fine point Sharpie to draw in the stitching lines for the collars, cap and cuffs. I also drew lines with dots around the face to help it stand it a bit.
Use a Q-tip to dab a tiny bit of watered down pink paint on the face to make cheeks. You may have to pat some of the paint off after that, too.
Use the silver Sharpie marker to draw the hat band.
On the boy Pilgrim, use the tip of the paint brush (not the brush end) dipped in paint to make a dot on each cuff for a button.
Using the same method, make the eyes.
Use the ultra fine point black Sharpie pen to draw a smile shape. (You can add a nose, too, but I rarely do noses.) Add a little hair around the top of the cap using brown paint.
Cover the whole thing in Mod Podge to protect it. I like to use the glossy kind. You could also distress your wood and then coat it in glossy or matte Mod Podge. This, surprisingly, is one project I like glossy and clean looking. I think it fits with my image of a prim and proper Pilgrim.
NOTE: Do not spray with a clear sealer--I’ve used this in the past—because it will smear the Sharpie. Stick with Mod Podge and you will be fine.
Make a tiny bow with the black ribbon and hot glue to the collar of each pilgrim.
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