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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

This milk carton vessel holds important cargo -- your family's list of thanks.

What you'll need

  • 1/2-gallon milk or juice carton
  • X-acto knife
  • Paper bag
  • White glue
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 2 apples
  • White paper
  • Construction paper

How to make it

  1. Close and tape shut the opening of a clean carton, then lay it on its side. Using an X-acto knife (a parent's job), cut out the side of the carton that's facing up.

  2. Cut 1-inch strips from the paper bag, dip them into a glue mixture (made from 1 part white glue mixed with 4 parts water), and wrap the strips around the carton. Repeat until the carton is covered with paper bag panels.

  3. Stick one skewer in each apple and attach white paper sails (made by cutting out large white triangles and then cutting the tops off them). Attach a flag over each sail. Set the skewered apples in the boat.

  4. Invite your family and guests to write down on paper slips something they're thankful for, such as "I am thankful for Grandpa's homemade cranberry sauce." Fold and place the slips in the "Mayflower" for reading before your Thanksgiving feast.

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