Thanksgiving Teepee Craft
This is the perfect time of year to make this Thanksgiving Teepee Craft. It reminds the younger generation that Thanksgiving is about more than good food and Christmas sales. The pilgrims and Indians came together to celebrate the successful harvest in the fall of the year and it has become one of our national holidays where we remember and give thanks for all of the good things in life that we are fortunate enough to enjoy.
Trivia: When you hear about the Pilgrims and “the Indians” harmoniously sharing the “first Thanksgiving” meal in 1621, the Indians referred to so generically are the ancestors of the contemporary members of the Wampanoag Nation.
Brown A4 or US Letter size card stock
Three sticks, skewers, or twigs
Scoring tool (e.g. blunt plastic knife, spent ballpoint pen)
Print out the teepee template on brown A4 or Letter size card stock.
Score both sides of the door.This step is necessary if you printed out the template in heavy or thick card stock. Scoring makes folding the door a lot easier. Find a scoring tool such as a blunt plastic knife or a spent ballpoint pen. Place the edge of a ruler on one of side of the teepee’s triangular door. With the ruler to guide the tool, score along the entire line. Do not score too hard as this may tear the paper. Repeat with the door’s opposite side.
Cut along the door’s middle line.
Fold out the door flaps along the pair of scored lines.
Assemble the template into a cone. Apply glue along the entire tab area. Glue the tab behind the teepee’s opposite edge, forming a cone shape.
Cut three sticks, skewers, or twigs to a length of about 6 to 7 inches. Bind them together loosely with a rubber band about an inch from one end.
Place the tripod inside the teepee, with its bound end peeking through the top hole.
Tape the bottom end of each stick onto the inside of the teepee.
Check out your paper teepee. That’s it!
Editor’s Note: If you want to create your own teepee designs First Palatte has a blank template for you.
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