Celebrate Thanksgiving, and teach a fun history lesson along the way, with this darling Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft! We even have a Free Printable Template to help with sizing on the female pilgrim’s bonnet and apron.
I have to say, our full-body paper bag puppets have become one of my absolute favorite craft activities this year. It all started with our sweet Paper Bag Dad Craft and then we made a fun Paper Bag Scarecrow Craft, too. This Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft is another darling idea and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday!
For our Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft you will need brown paper lunch bags, black paint, medium googly eyes, glue, and scissors. Also needed is cardstock is black, white, and yellow as well as Sharpie markers in black, brown, and red.
Plus, don’t forget to use the Bonnet and Apron Free Printable Template to help with sizing, because those were the two pieces of the puppets that we had the most trouble getting just right. So we made it easier for you!
Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft
- Bonnet and Apron Free Printable Template
- Brown paper bags
- Black paint
- Cardstock – black, yellow, white
- Sharpie markers – black, brown, red
- Googly eyes, medium size
Begin by painting the paper bags black.
Lift the flap of the paper bags and paint from under the flaps down. Let dry.
Color in hair using the brown marker.
Glue googly eyes.
Cut 2 rectangles and 2 circles to the size of the paper bag.
Glue the rectangles under the flap of the male pilgrim and the circles for the female pilgrim.
Cut a large rectangle from the black cardstock as well as a thinner, slightly longer strip of the same black cardstock. Make sure it’s longer than the paper bag.
Glue the pieces together, as well as a thin strip of white and a square of yellow for a buck.
Then glue at the top of the male pilgrim.
Cut the bonnet piece from the template and glue in place on the female pilgrim.
Use the red marker to draw on a simple mouth. Also add fun details like buttons and paper bows.
Cut the apron piece from the template. Glue in place, along with a thin white strip tying it all together. Add details with the black marker to finish the pilgrims.
Looking for more great ideas? We’ve got plenty of fun fall, turkey, and Thanksgiving crafts on Our Kid Things!