Pilgrims and Indians bring to mind values our country was founded on: religious freedom, brotherhood, and hospitality. Today I would like to show you how to create a Pilgrim and Indian table center piece to enjoy during your Thanksgiving feast this year.

What You Need

  • 1 butternut squash
  • Acrylic puff paints
  • 1-yard narrow ribbon or braided trim
  • Craft doll hair
  • Small feathers
  • 1 (14″ v 14″) square white felt
  • Black pilgrim hat
  • Straight pins
  • Glue

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Cut a slice off the bottom of the squash to allow it to stand upright.  Paint eyes and mouth on the narrow end of the squash. Add small dots of paint around the Indian’s neck for beads. Paint design so of the squash. Allow to dry.

For the Indian, glue two braids of craft hair to a narrow decorative headband ribbon or braid. Tuck some small feathers under the headband. Glue or pin the headband and hair in place.

Adapt the Pilgrim patterns to fit the size of your squash. Cut pattern pieces from the white felt. Make pleats in the corners of the cap to shape it, and fold back 1/4″ from the brim. Glue on the craft hair, cap, apron, and collars. Glue on a belt made from a narrow piece of ribbon. Using puff paint, add a gold belt buckle. Pin on the man’s hat. Tie a small bow and glue it on the woman’s neck.