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Thanksgiving Cornucopia Craft
Students use real fall vegetables to create prints for these festive centerpieces.
Students become familiar with fall vegetables while working with them to create their cornucopias. The completed project makes a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece.
What You Need:
- Brown and tan construction paper
- Carrot, potato, red bell pepper, broccoli, and squash (several of each)
- Orange, white, red, green and yellow paint
- White paper cups
What You Do:
- Have students use a pencil to draw the shape of a cornucopia on the brown construction paper and then have them cut it out.
- Ask students to use the leftover brown construction paper to cut out several long strips that will serve as weaves for their cornucopia.
- Students can now lay the brown strips on their cornucopias in a criss-cross manner, trimming them to fit if necessary, then glue the strips down.
- Have students cut out a large circle from the tan construction paper to match the width of the larger end of the cornucopia. This will serve as the opening of the cornucopia. Glue the circle onto the end of the cornucopia.
- Cut carrots lengthwise in half and let each student dip the flat side of a half into the orange paint and press it onto the tan circle to create a print of the carrot.
- Cut potatoes in half and let students dip the cut sides into white paint and press them onto the circle to make a potato print.
- Cut peppers lengthwise in half and let students dip the cut sides into the red paint and press them onto the circle to create a red bell pepper print.
- Cut pieces of broccoli lengthwise and let students dip the flat sides into the green paint and press them onto the circle to make a broccoli print.
- Cut several squash in half and let children dip the cut sides into the yellow paint and press them onto the circle to make a squash print.
- Set the cornucopia aside to dry.
- When the vegetable prints have dried, glue the rim of the white cup to the back of the cornucopia and let it dry to create a stand for the cornucopia.