Kids will love helping to make this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boat-load of fun to any Thanksgiving table.Layla Palmer, The Lettered Cottage
Use a miter saw to cut wooden dowel so it measures 4 times taller than the height of the serving container (Image 1). Insert the dowel into the center hole of the wooden tread wheel (Image 2).
Place the tread wheel and dowel in the center of the serving container and measure the container's width (Image 1). Next, measure the distance from the top of the container to the top of the dowel (Image 2). Note: These measurements will be used to determine the size of the ship's sails.
Use scissors to cut two rectangles out of light-colored patterned paper (Image 1). They should both be one inch wider than the width of the container, and two inches shorter than the distance from the container's rim to the top of the dowel. Use a marker to draw an arched line on each side of one of the paper pieces (Image 2). Align the two pieces of paper (both patterned sides facing out) and use painter's tape to secure the papers' tops and bottoms (Image 3). Cut along the arched lines with scissors, then remove tape and hot-glue the paper "sails" (patterned sides facing out) to the wooden dowel, leaving two inches of dowel visible above the sails (Image 4).
Use a coordinating solid piece of paper to create two small triangular flags and hot-glue them (back-to-back) to the top of the dowel (Image 1). Place dowel "mast" in the center of the serving container and fill with snacks of your choice (Images 2 and 3).