Portrait Pilgrims
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Portrait Pilgrims

Get into the Thanksgiving Day spirit with this fun pilgrim portrait for the kids.

Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc. courtesy of Elmer's.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • (2) Elmer's® Foam Board™, 20" X 30" x 3/16", tan
  • Elmer's CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO® #1 Craft Knife with extra blades
  • 8 1/2" x 11" heavy-weight paper: (4) White, (1) Black, (1) Gray, (1) Gold
  • Silk fall leaves, assorted colors and sizes
  • 24" length of 5/8" wide white satin ribbon
  • 24" length of 1/4" wide black satin ribbon
  • Low Heat Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Transparent Tape
  • Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pattern (download button below)

Project Instructions

To make one tri-fold display, on tan colored side of Foam Board™, measure and lightly draw a line 7" from each short edge of Foam Board™, Use an X-ACTO® #1 Craft Knife (with new blade) and cutting mat to cut along pencil lines ONLY through top layer of paper and foam (but NOT through white paper on other side. (Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to through foam. Replace blades often.) (Note: If line is accidentally cut all the way through, reinforce (hinge) cut edge with transparent tape.) Repeat with other tan Foam Board™.

Use pencil to trace oval face pattern onto copy paper and cut out shape with scissors. For face opening, on center section of Foam Board™ place face pattern 5" up from bottom center edge and trace. Ask an adult to use X-ACTO® Knife (with new blade) and cutting mat to cut out opening. Also, trace and cut face opening in other Foam Board™.

For Pilgrim Boy: Trace patterns onto papers: Collar onto White, Hat onto Black, Hat Band onto Gray and Buckle onto Gold. Use scissors to cut out.

Use Elmer's CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick to attach Boy's Hat Band and Buckle to Hat. Fold back Hat tabs. Determine placement of Hat and give it dimension by slightly bringing sides in so that Hat middle extends out. Mark placement with pencil. Apply Glue Stick and press in place, holding until secure.

For Boy's Collar, use Glue Stick to run line of glue just under face opening. Align curved neck of collar with opening and press in place until secure. Bring shoulder edges of each Collar down and in, to create dimension with bottom of Collar. Apply glue to shoulder edges only, holding until secure. Tie bow in Black ribbon and ask an adult to use glue gun to attach to collar.

For Pilgrim Girl: Similarly, trace Hat, Hat Brim and Collar patterns onto White paper and cut out. On bottom, curved edge of Bonnet, hand gather and hot glue random pleats. Use glue gun to attach to inner foam edge of face opening, starting at top center and working out to edges of Bonnet. Butt short ends of two Brim pieces and tape to connect. Use glue gun to glue Brim to inner foam edge, sandwiching Bonnet pleats, and starting at top center, and down sides, letting ends flow to front. For Collar, follow Pilgrim Boy in step above, using White ribbon instead of black.

Referring to photo, randomly place leaves on Foam Board™ and use glue gun to apply in place.

Craft Notes

An adult should use X-ACTO® Knife and glue gun.