Wouldn’t this styrofoam pilgrim look wonderful in your home for Thanksgiving?
STYROFOAM* Brand Foam:
12″ x 4″ cone, one
4″ ball, one
Clear glass marbles
Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets: brown, two; cream; gold; white; black, one each
White chenille stem
1/2″-3/4″ wiggle eyes, two
Fine-gauge spool wire
Paints: black dimensional fabric; pink acrylic; brown acrylic (optional)
You can find interesting facts about the Pilgrim’s arrival in America by reading the Pilgrim Story compiled by the Pilgrim Hall Museum.
More Thanksgiving Wobblers:
Native American Wobbler
Fine-line black permanent marker Compass
Extra-long straight pins
Candle stub or paraffin
Needle nose pliers
Awl or ice pick
Medium flat paintbrush
Thick, white craft glue
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
1. Press opposite sides of foam ball on a hard surface to flatten slightly. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and cut ball in half.
2. Refer to diagram to cut top 4″ from foam cone. Mark a line around cone 5″ from base. Indent cone on line by pressing foam onto square edge of a counter or table. Note: This will become pilgrim’s neck.
3. Refer to diagram to hollow out lower 5″ of cone and one half ball by scooping out foam with a tablespoon. Leave approx. 1/4″-1/2″ outer shell intact, working carefully to avoid cracking foam. If desired, paint bottom 1″ of cone and half ball brown to match robe.
4. Cut chenille stem in half. Using pattern, cut two hands from cream felt. Glue hands to matching felt, sandwiching a chenille stem between layers. Let dry. Cut hands from doubled felt, cutting around original shapes.
5. Cut out remaining pilgrim patterns as indicated. Also cut one 12″ x 4″ strip from cream felt for head and one 12″ x 4″ strip from gold felt for hair.
6. Gather felt nose close to edge, stuffing firmly with excess cream felt before closing. To gather felt throughout, use a large-eye needle with fine-gauge wire and hand sew gathering stitches where indicated. Gather felt on wire and then twist wires together to secure. Trim excess wire.
7. Glue nose to center of 12″ x 4″ cream felt head. Paint pink round cheeks on either side of nose. Draw a curved smile with black dimensional paint between cheeks. Allow to dry. Overlap sides of head 1/4″ as indicated on pattern with facial features to inside and glue to form a tube. Turn.
8. Fold 12″ x 4″ gold hair strip in half lengthwise and glue long raw edges together. Let dry. Fringe strip for hair by cutting slits in folded edge approximately 1/4″ apart.
9. Overlap one side of felt robes 1/4″ and glue to form one long piece. Slide a buckle onto center of belt and then glue belt to robe. Glue white trim to bottom of sleeves. Following patterns, overlap corresponding edges of robe, hat crown, and sleeves 1/4″ with any embellishments to inside and glue to form tubes. Turn.
10. Insert a chenille stem arm into each sleeve with wide end overlapping hand slightly. Gather each sleeve around arm 1/4″ from top.
11. Place head on cone with bottom of felt 1/4″ below indented neck. Gather head around neck. Place robe on cone with top edge overlapping bottom of head and belt buckled centered below face. Gather robe around neck.
12. Use an awl or ice pick to form tiny holes in robe and foam body at shoulders to attach arms. Glue arms into holes with sleeve seams concealed at bottom. Glue collar around neck, centering front opening above belt buckle (see photo).
13. Stuff head with fiberfill between foam and felt to give it a round appearance. Gather head 1/4″ from top around cone.
14. Gather hat crown tube 1/4″ from top edge. Turn and shape as desired. Glue fringed gold hair around top of head. Place hat brim over top of head, enlarging center circle if necessary. Place hat crown on top, gluing bottom edges to brim. Slide a gold buckle onto center of hatband. Glue hatband to base of crown, centering buckle above pilgrim’s nose.
15. Turn cone body on end and weight hollow area with glass marbles. Align hollow half ball on bottom of cone with flat sides together and pin in place temporarily. Test pilgrim’s rocking motion, adding or subtracting marbles as necessary. When satisfied, remove pins and glue ball to cone permanently.Craft project courtesy of Dow Crafts
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