Keep the kids occupied at the table by putting down some paper placemats and supplying crayons for a drawing activity. These crayon boat holders are Thanksgiving-appropriate (they’re not-quite-exact replicas of the Mayflower) and they’ll keep the table from becoming overrun.

Emily Kinni

What You’ll Need:

  • Piece of beige cardstock (or whichever color you want the boat to be)
  • Sheet of white printer paper
  • Sheet of colored construction paper (for the flags)
  • Small piece of foam core
  • 2 wooden skewers
  • Craft knife
  • Magna-Tac Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out two crescent-like shapes from the cardstock for the sides of the boat. Then, trim the outside curve of each crescent so it has a straight edge (this edge will sit on the table). Write “Mayflower” on each crescent for the boat’s name.
  2. Trace a football shape (oval, with pointed ends) on the foam core and cut out with a craft knife. This will act as the base of the boat.
  3. Glue the cardstock crescent’s straight edge along the length of one side of the oval foam core base. Repeat this step with the second piece of cardstock on the opposite side of the base. Secure the front and back part of the boat with tape.
  4. Draw and cut out one big and one small hourglass shape from the white printer paper for the “sails.” Create two slits at the top and bottom of the cutouts and slide each one onto a skewer.
  5. Create a little “flag” from the construction paper and glue to the top of one of the skewers.
  6. Trim the skewers if needed. Place them on opposite sides of the boat by piercing the pointed end of each skewer into the foam core. Secure with glue if needed.

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