Pilgrim Hat Candy Dish

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)


Turkeys are usually the popular symbol of Thanksgiving, which means lots of turkey crafts.  We have a few turkey themed items we love, too, BUT, we decided we wanted to branch out a a little, so Sophia and I came up with this Pilgrim Hat Candy Dish idea.  It is pretty easy and kids of all ages can make their own version.  We think it would be a cute addition to any Thanksgiving snack buffet with either candy, nuts or snack mix.

Here’s how we made ours:

2kids-PilgrimHatCandyDishWhat you’ll need:

  • 1 Clay flower pot with base
  • Acrylic paints
  • Ribbon
  • Cardboard
  • Glue Gun
  • X-acto Knife
  • Miscellaneous fall decorations

Step 1 – Paint your Flower Pot
Sophia and her friend both decided to paint their Pilgrim hats a traditional black, but a dark brown would work as well.  Painting the flower pot all one color is a step that kids of any age can help with.

Step 2 – Paint the Base/Dish
Next, it’s time to get more creative and paint the candy dish part of this project. Sophia kept hers conservative with fall colors, and her friend livened her’s up with a bright green.  Again, kids of almost any age can paint their dishes however they want, using one color or multiple colors.

Step 3 – Draw and Cut out Your Buckle
While the paint dries on the hat and dish, it’s time to prepare your buckle.  For ours, I just drew free-hand a square shape with two rectangles on some cardboard, like in the picture, so it’s similar to an actual buckle shape. The girls did pick out their ribbons before this step, so when I drew the buckle I know how tall the buckle would have to be to fit the ribbon.  Once I had a rough drawing, I used an X-acto knife to cut the inside rectangles out and a regular scissors for the outside.  Note that the X-acto knife work is best left to adults or teen-age kids.

Step 4 – Paint Your Buckle
Once I had the buckles cut out, Sophia and her friend painted theirs yellow.  Again, painting the buckle is a good job for any age child.

Step 5 – Decorate the Base/Dish
While your buckle is drying, it’s time to further decorate the base/dish. Sophia added some sparkle paint, a ribbon edge and glued some fake fall leaves to the bottom of the dish.  Her friend opted for a more outdoor-sy look, using dried corn husks and fake fall leaves glued around the outer edge.

Step 6 – Add Ribbon and Buckle
Everyone knows that traditional Pilgrim hat look, with the band around it and that gold buckle.  Now is the time to attach it.  Before gluing down the ribbon that she selected for her band, Sophia put her buckle onto her ribbon by weaving it through.  Once she had the buckle on the ribbon, she glued it to the spot on the hat where she wanted it and then glued the ribbon in the back to secure it.  She also added some glue all around to hold the ribbon more tightly to the hat.

Step 7 – Glue Base/Dish to Top of Hat
Finally, Sophia and her friend glued to dish part to the top of the hat.  We were going to use our glue gun, but it wasn’t holding, so we opted for super glue.   Just place a bead of the glue around the top edge of the hat and then stick your centered base on top.  Ours were a little crooked for some reason, I guess I picked out some crooked bases, but I got them from a ‘free’ pile at a garage sale, so we used ’em anyway.  The crookedness adds character ;D

Once your glue has dried, you are ready to fill your Pilgrim had dish with candy or nuts, or whatever and display it for all your Thanksgiving guests to see!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Kelly, Alex and Sophia

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet Says:

    These are super CUTE! Sharing on FB tomorrow! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking!

  2. the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny) Says:

    Thanks! Glad you like it 😀

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